January and February are busy months for extension specialists. We have scheduled several production conferences, pesticide applicator training, and it looks like we will have the University of Missouri Scouting School again this year.
On Thursday, January 26, the Regional Soybean Meeting will be held at the Miner Convention Center, Miner Missouri. It is located at the Miner City offices. This is a new location for this meeting. Registration will begin at 7:30 and the meeting will be from 8-1. The agenda is incomplete at this time. Lunch will be provided to the participants. Contact Anthony Ohmes (573-243-3581) or David Reinbott (573-545-3516) for more information.
On Wednesday, February 6, the Missouri Cotton Production and Outlook Conference will be held at the Fisher Delta Research Center at Portageville. Registration will begin at 7:30 and the meeting will be from 8-1. Although, the agenda is incomplete at this time, we will have as a featured speaker, Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire, an Assistant professor in the MU Textile and Apparel Center in Columbia. I met Dr. Ha-Brookshire several years ago when their department hosted a Sustainable Cotton Summit on campus. She is working to get the country of origin listed on apparel labels to help support the U.S. cotton industry. Her topic will be Cotton: The Engine of the ?Made in USA? Drive. Lunch will be provided to participants. For more information call Mike Milam at the Dunklin County University of Missouri Extension Office at (573-888-4722.)
On Tuesday, February 19, the Missouri Rice Producers Conference will be held at the Eagles Club in Dexter. Registration will begin at 7:30 and the meeting will be from 8-1. The agenda is incomplete at this time. Lunch will be provided to participants. For more information call Sam Atwell at (573-748-5531.
Several of the Pesticide Applicator Training sessions have been completed in Dunklin County. Two other sessions have been scheduled for Friday, January 11 at SEMO Kennett at1230 First Street in Kennett at 9:00 am and Friday, January 18 at SEMO Kennett at 1230 First Street in Kennett in Kennett at 9:00. Other training sessions will be set up as needed.
The Delta Center will again host the Scouting School this year. Planning is under way and this year?s program will be for 3 weeks. This has been a very successful program over the years and it will have information on weed control, insect scouting, disease control, soil fertility, and the growth and development for cotton, rice, soybeans, and corn. There is a waiting list for those who want to participate. The number of participants will be limited. So if you want to learn how to scout for these crops mentioned, then call Andrea Jones at the Fisher Delta Research Center at (573-379-5431) to get on the list or to get more information.
University of Missouri Extension programs are open to all.