The 9th annual National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference will be held Feb. 1-2 at Tunica, Miss., offering producers an extensive array of seminars focusing on ways to increase yields while holding the line on costs.

More than 80 researchers and farmer presenters are lined up for the event that will include the latest findings in cotton and rice production, as well as examining problems faced by corn and soybean producers. There will also be sessions on precision agriculture.

Additionally, the conference has added roundtable discussions with leading experts serving as facilitators.

The conference, which alternates yearly between Texas and Mississippi, will be held at the Grand Casino Conference Center at Tunica, Miss.

“The subject matter for the roundtable discussions will be more focused in nature,” says John LaRose, president of MidAmerica Farm Publications, which sponsors the conference. “These open discussions will allow anyone in the audience to bring a question or comment on a particular topic to the floor for discussion. This can be a real benefit to producers who have problems and are searching for answers. We want them to know that anything they want to talk about, on that particular topic, can be brought up for discussion.”

The roundtable discussions will center on eight different conservation systems topics, including:

• Cotton weeds and marestail control.

• Rice weed control.

• Rice establishment.

• Comparison of hybrid rice and varietal rice management.

• Precision land forming for no-till.

• Panel discussion on Asian soybean rust.

• Ground and aerial application strategies for herbicide drift management.

• Trimming the federal budget deficit: What will it mean to producers’ pocketbooks?

All features of past conferences will also be continued, LaRose notes, including breakout sessions featuring 83 researchers and producers. “There will be an atmosphere of information-sharing throughout the conference.”

Along with researchers who will discuss the large-scale trials that address a variety of conservation system topics, producers will share their “How I made it work” experiences.

The event will also feature sessions on cotton, rice, soybeans, corn, and precision agriculture. “No matter what your conservation systems problem, it’s sure to be addressed,” he says.

Other conference sponsors include Cotton Incorporated and US Rice Producers Association. Farm Press Publications is a media co-sponsor.

Farmers from Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee will be able to receive pesticide certification credits for their respective states and certified crop consultants will earn continuing education units for attending the conference.

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