PRODUCERS SEARCHING for tips on how to increase production and reduce costs won't want to miss the 7th annual National Conservation Tillage Cotton and Rice Conference.

The event, sponsored by MidAmerica Farm Publications, with Farm Press Publications as media co-sponsor, will be held Jan. 15-16 at the Grand Casino Resort Convention Center at Tunica, Miss. It alternates between the Mid-South and Southwest and was held last year in Houston.

“Farmers looking for ways to trim input costs while boosting yields are making this conference a must-attend event,” says John LaRose, publisher.

“While the term ‘conservation tillage’ was initially thought of as the use of soil conservation practices that limit wind and water erosion, producers quickly found they could also reduce labor, fuel, and other input costs.”

More recently, he notes, farmers and landlords have learned that a great many other farming resources can be conserved through properly designed conservation tillage programs. “The importance of conserving soil moisture and reducing input costs has been a major factor in economic survival for many farmers the past several years,” LaRose says.

The conference focuses on conservation tillage applications for cotton, rice, corn, soybeans, and precision agriculture. Cotton Incorporated and the US Rice Producers Association are partners in production of the conference.

In addition to the program presentations, LaRose notes that this year's conference will have breakout sessions, where participants can quiz experts on a number of topics, and exchange ideas and experiences.

“Everything is producer-friendly,” he says. Presentations are in paired format, with each being given twice or three times during the conference. In addition to researcher, who will discuss large scale trials that address a variety of conservation tillage issues, farmer/producers will also share their “how to make it work” experiences.

While topics will incorporate the latest findings in cotton and rice production, they'll also hone in on problems faced by corn and soybean growers, as well as precision agriculture.

“There's no better meeting for learning about new techniques and systems to reduce tillage, fertility, pesticide, herbicide, and planting costs,” LaRose says.

Farmers from Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee can earn their state pesticide recertification credits by attending, and certified crop consultants can get CEU credits.

To register, or for more information, contact Robin Moll at 573-547-7212.