The 90th Lawrence County Soils and Crops Conference will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Southwest Research Center in Mt. Vernon.
"This long-running conference will look at new technologies as well as 'tried and true' management tools to support local farmers who feed the rest of us," said Tim Schnakenberg, an agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension in Galena.
The planning committee, which was made up of Lawrence County farmers, has planned topics that should be of interest to both livestock and crop producers in 2014.
Topics at the Lawrence County Soils and Crops Conference this year will include:
* A discussion on unmanned aerial systems for agriculture given by Dr. Bill Wiebold, a state soybean specialist with MU Extension.
* Tim Reinbott, superintendent of MU's Bradford research farm in Columbia, will address using cover crops as a soil management tool.
* Regional natural resources engineering specialist, Bob Schultheis, will discuss how to efficiently feed hay bales.
A meal will be provided courtesy of Mid-Missouri Bank of Mt. Vernon, Ozark Electric Cooperative, Southwest Missouri Cattlemen's Association and the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce.
There is no charge to attend but attendees must call the Lawrence County Extension Center at 417-466-3102 prior to Jan. 6 to reserve a meal. Space is limited so early registration insure a meal and a seat.
University of Missouri Extension programs focus on the high-priority needs of Missourians. Each county extension center, with oversight by locally elected and appointed citizens, is your local link to practical education on almost anything. More information on this topic is available online.
Source: University of Missouri Extension