The economy and the latest research on crops and weeds will be the focus of the 86th annual Lawrence County Soils and Crops Conference, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at the University of Missouri's Southwest Research Center near Mt. Vernon.
Scott Brown, state livestock economist with the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), will make a return appearance at the conference. Brown will bring detailed analysis of what the livestock and crop markets have been doing over the past year and what can be expected in the year ahead.
Two speakers will focus on how to address chronic problems in crops. Jay Chism, regional agronomy specialist from Lamar, will talk about managing crop pests. Kevin Bradley, a state weed science specialist, from Columbia, will address managing noxious weeds.
A major focus this year is being made on understanding a hay test. Rich Crawford, superintendent of the Southwest Research Center; along with Agronomy Specialist Tim Schnakenberg and Livestock Specialist Eldon Cole will all make presentations on this topic.
Crawford will also speak on what is happening at the Southwest Center. A spokesperson for the Lawrence County Commission will also give a preview of the county budget and operations in the coming year.
The program will be preceded by a free ribeye steak dinner provided by the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce, Mid-Missouri Bank of Mt. Vernon, Ozark Electric and the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen's Association. Registration is needed for the dinner and can be made by calling 417-466-3102..
The dinner begins at 6 p.m., and the program starts at 7 p.m.