The second annual Middle Tennessee Grain Conference set for Feb. 22 at the Coffee County Fairground’s in Manchester offers farmers insight into several production topics including the weather for 2007.

According to 2006 conference surveys, farmers from 14 middle Tennessee Counties and two adjoining states rated the first Middle Tennessee conference as an excellent source of information addressing pertinent topics.

The conference is scheduled to get under way with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $10 at the door.

The trade show of various agriculture seed, chemical and equipment dealers will begin at 8:00 a.m. followed by a slate of speakers addressing production and marketing topics for corn, wheat and soybeans beginning at 9:00 a.m.

A catered barbeque meal will be served on site, followed by a keynote speaker at 1:00 p.m.

Drew Lerner of World Wide Weather Inc., who is an agricultural climatologist and studies the weather and weather patterns and how they relate to agricultural production will be 2007's keynote speaker.

Drought conditions in 2006 drastically effected the profitability of many middle Tennessee farms and has some wondering will it happen again. Lerner has a reputation of accurately predicting weather patterns and how they relate to production agriculture.

Complete details on conference topics can be obtained from your local Extension agent of The University of Tennessee Extension Service or Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension Service.