When in doubt, ask the experts! That's the tack most producers take when they're at a loss as to how to accomplish something.

Experts galore will be on hand to answer producer questions at the seventh annual National Conservation Tillage Cotton and Rice Conference, set for Jan. 15-16 at the Grand Casino Convention Center at Tunica, Miss.

“The 40-plus researchers who will lead breakout sessions are experts in their fields at their respective universities, which are academic co-sponsors for the conference,” says John LaRose, president of MidAmerica Farm Publications, which sponsors the conference. Farm Press Publications is media co-sponsor for the event.

The universities are Louisiana State University, Auburn University, Mississippi State University, University of Tennessee, University of Arkansas, University of Missouri, and Texas A&M University.

“All the researchers are leaders in the nation in their respective fields,” he says.

Also participating in the sessions are over 30 producer presenters who have been successful in implementing the latest technologies into their operations.

“These are the innovators,” LaRose says. “Often, they may be ahead of the researchers in a certain area. They're inventive and innovative and have proven these techniques on both large-scale operations and small-acreage fields. They've taken ideas that researchers have developed and combined them with their own ideas to come up with successful, money-making farm operations.”

Altogether, LaRose notes, there will be more than 70 presentations by researchers and producers from which conference attendees can choose.

In addition to the breakout sessions, the conference has added roundtable discussions where a leading expert will moderate a particular topic.

The roundtable discussions will be on nine different topics, including conservation tillage rice/weed control; precision land formation for conservation tillage; conservation tillage rice establishment; fertilizer placement equipment or conservation tillage cotton; conservation tillage cotton weed control; cover crops; precision agriculture; conservation tillage funding support/EQIP and CSP; and conservation tillage planter attachments for a good seed environment.

“This is a perfect opportunity for producers to meet and discuss problems and ideas with experts.”

For further information on the conference or to register, telephone Robin Moll at 573-547-7212, or visit the Web site at www.nctd.net.