Texas and Oklahoma to jointly host event
LAWTON, Okla. – Southern Oklahoma and North Texas have experienced a difficult three years of dry conditions. And while no one knows what the environmental conditions hold for the area, agricultural producers continue to plant crops and grow cattle, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist said.
New research and technology based on these enduring conditions will be the focus of the Cattle Trails Wheat and Stocker Cattle Conference, a joint effort between AgriLife Extension and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, to be held Aug. 13 in Lawton, Okla.
This annual conference provides wheat growers and stocker cattle operators the most up-to-date information on topics that influence profits, said Stan Bevers, AgriLife Extension economist in Vernon, Texas.
The slogan of the conference is “driving your cattle to profits,” although Bevers said the last couple of years have made it tough to generate any profit.
The conference, which alternates between Texas and Oklahoma each year, will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Comanche County Coliseum, 920 S. Sheridan. Registration is $25 per person and includes educational materials, a noon meal and refreshments.
Producers are encouraged to preregister by contacting their local AgriLife Extension county agent, their Oklahoma Cooperative Extension county educator or the Southwest Oklahoma Area Extension office at 580-255-0546.
The keynote speaker for the event will be Bart Fischer from Washington, D.C., chief economist for U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas from Oklahoma. Lucas is the current House Agriculture Committee chairman. It is anticipated Congress will complete work on the new Farm Bill this fall and Fischer will provide insight into what the new bill might look like and how its impact will influence area wheat producers’ income.
Two speakers will address new research and technology, Bevers said. Dr. Gerald Horn, Oklahoma State University department of animal science professor in Stillwater, will discuss results from the Marshall Stocker Cattle program. Dr. David Worrell, AgriPro/Syngenta wheat breeder and product manager at Lockett, Texas, will provide an update on his wheat breeding program.
Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in Amarillo, Texas, will discuss what to do with the stocker cattle prior to wheat being ready and still have the cattle gain. Bevers will provide his expectations for the wheat and stocker cattle markets.
Industry sponsors also will have their products on display during the event.
For more information on the event, go to http://agrisk.tamu.edu .