National Conservation Systems Conference set for Jan. 26-27 in Marksville, La.

The 12th annual National Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference is scheduled for Jan. 26-27 and will be held in Marksville, La. Sponsored by Cotton Incorporated and US Rice Producers Association, and a production of MidAmerica Farm Publications, the event is scheduled for the Paragon Casino Resort Convention Center.

As in the past 11 years, the conference is co-sponsored by seven Mid-South universities: University of Arkansas, Mississippi State University, University of Missouri, University of Tennessee, Louisiana State University, Auburn University, and Texas A&M. USDA-NRCS of Washington, D.C., and USDA-ARS centers in the Southern states are co-sponsors as well.

The conference has numerous corporate co-sponsors and a large trade show. Ag-media co-sponsor is Farm Press Publications — Delta Farm Press and Southwest Farm Press.

The two-day conference will include over 100 presentations, with 97 speakers from eight states. A wide range of topics will be covered, with up to 20 different sessions per hour for attendees to select from. There will also be 10 one-on-one roundtable sessions where growers can present particular problems or questions for peer review. Each roundtable session will be directed by a facilitator.

Among the roundtable sessions offered: Twin-Row Corn, Con-Till Cotton and Rice Weed Control, Precision Agriculture, Hybrid Rice Stand Establishment and Management, Precision Land Formation, Herbicide Drift, Con-Till Rice Establishment, and Corn/Soybean Production with Kip Cullers.

The Conservation Systems event merges three distinct meetings: the Cotton & Rice Conference, the Mid-South Corn & Soybean Conference, and the Mid-South Precision Ag Conference.

  • At the Cotton & Rice Conference, cotton production experts from six states will be conducting sessions. One of the featured speakers, George LaCour Jr., a Louisiana cotton farmer, will advocate for simplification of cotton growing methods. For a complete listing of presenters and abstracts of all cotton presentations, visit

    Rice sessions will feature experts from five rice-producing states conducting 28 unique rice presentations. Steve Prather, a Mississippi rice farmer, will offer his knowledge and experience. “We started doing a few acres of rice, then we added a few more,” he says. He changed his system as he went along. For a listing of rice presentations, please visit

  • The Mid-South Corn & Soybean Conference will include corn production experts from four states. Thirteen unique corn presentations are scheduled. The pros and cons of twin-row corn will be presented by Mississippi farmer George Rea Walker Jr. “Twin-row corn is a little more trouble than single row,” he says.

    Soybean sessions will include 13 presenters, highlighted by soybean yield world record holder Kip Cullers. Cullers has spoken to growers across the United States, sharing his expertise on soybean yields. Cullers has a reputation for taking a proven practice and incorporating it in his own operation. Go to for a complete listing of soybean presentations.

  • The Mid-South Precision Ag Conference will be conducted by 10 experts from five states. Included in the sessions will be Ben Guthrie, a fifth-generation farmer, who will focus on the advantages of Electrical Conductivity Data (ECD). “My presentation will show how we are integrating the ECD information on our farm,” says Guthrie. For a list of precision ag presentations, go to

To register or for more information, please go to or call (573) 547-2244.

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