When in doubt, ask an expert. And producers won't have trouble finding a conservation-tillage expert when they attend the 8th annual National Conservation-Tillage Cotton and Rice Conference.

The event, to be held Jan. 13-14 at the Park Plaza Reliant Center at Houston, Texas, will feature more than 40 researchers who are experts in their field.

Represented will be the University of Missouri, Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University, University of Arkansas, Texas A&M, and agencies and organizations from Washington, D.C., Kansas State University, and others.

“They are leaders in the nation in their particular fields,” says John LaRose, president of MidAmerica Farm Publications, sponsor of the conference, “and they'll be available to discuss with producers the latest conservation-tillage findings and technologies.”

Additionally, the program will include more than three dozen producers who will present their experiences in implementing the latest technologies into their operations.

“These are the innovators,” says LaRose. “Some are even ahead of the researchers; they've taken ideas developed from research and modified them to develop successful money-making operations.

“Combining the researchers and producers, we'll have more than 80 presentations from which to choose. Everything is producer-friendly, and each presentation is given two or three times, so everyone will have an opportunity to attend every session of interest.”

The main emphasis of the conference is reducing production costs and increasing yields for cotton, rice, corn, and soybeans, and will include sessions in precision agriculture.

“As producers are confronted with finding more ways to trim input and production costs, conferences such as this can help them to fine-tune their operations,” LaRose says.

The conference is co-sponsored by Cotton Incorporated and the US Rice Producers Association.

For further information on the conference or to register, please telephone Robin Moll at 573/547-7212.