Farmers in Southwest Missouri are invited to attend this year's Lawrence County Soils and Crops Conference.
"This long-running conference is on its 89th year and will continue to support farmers as they strive for profitability in today's farm economy," according to Tim Schnakenberg, University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist based in Galena.
The planning committee, made up of Lawrence County farmers, has planned some topics that should be of interest to both livestock and crop producers as they go into 2013.
Topics this year will include a farmer panel discussing the benefits and challenges of growing alfalfa. Dr. Kevin Bradley, state weed specialist, will address herbicide-resistant weeds in cropping systems. Tim Schnakenberg, regional agronomy specialist, will focus on five major weeds that are showing up on Lawrence County farms this year. These include: thistle, Johnson grass, poison hemlock, spotted knapweed and plantain.
This conference will be held on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Southwest Research Center located at 14548 State Highway H, southwest of Mt. Vernon.
There is no charge to attend but attendees must call in by Dec. 31 to the Extension Center to order their dinner. The 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.
For more information and to reserve a meal, call the Lawrence County Extension Center at 417-466-3102.