LAWTON, Oklahoma – Dual-purpose wheat and cattle grazing go hand in hand in the Rolling Plains of Texas and southwestern Oklahoma, said Dr. Emi Kimura, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist in Vernon.
“The wheat market remains low, while expenses keep increasing,” Kimura said. “It is more important than ever for farmers and ranchers to efficiently utilize resources for profitable wheat and stocker cattle operations.”
Producers will hear from experts on how to best manage these two commodities for maximum operational efficiency during the upcoming Cattle Trails Wheat and Stocker Cattle Conference, set for Aug. 1 at the Comanche County Fairgrounds Annex Building, 920 S.W. Sheridan Road, Lawton, Oklahoma.
AgriLife Extension and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service will jointly host the conference from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is $25 per person and includes educational materials, a noon meal and refreshments. Checks should be made payable to OSU Extension.
Producers are encouraged to preregister by contacting their local AgriLife Extension county agent, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension county educator or the Southwest Oklahoma Area Extension office at 580-255-0546 or email Marty New at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speakers and topics will include:
– Trent Milacek, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service northwest area agriculture economics specialist, Enid, Oklahoma, wheat and cattle market outlook.
– Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Amarillo, management methods to increase stocker production.
– Kevin Prizlas, Merck Animal Health territory manager, Bowie, stress management considerations in stockers and weaning calves.
– Dr. David Marburger, Oklahoma State University small grains Extension specialist in Stillwater, Oklahoma, dual-purpose wheat variety options.
– Dr. Brian Arnall, Oklahoma State associate professor, Stillwater, soil fertility management in a forage or grain operation.
Industry sponsors will have products on display during the event.
For more information on the event or to download the registration form, go to http://bit.ly/2rXoJvp.