The 89th Lawrence County Soils and Crops Conference will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at the Southwest Research Center in Mt. Vernon.
"This long-running conference continues to support farmers as they strive for profitability in today's farm economy," said Tim Schnakenberg, an agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension in Galena.
The planning committee, which was made up of Lawrence County farmers, has planned topics that should be of interest to both livestock and crop producers in 2013.
Topics this year will include a farmer panel discussing the benefits and challenges of growing alfalfa. Dr. Kevin Bradley, state weed specialist with MU Extension, will address herbicide-resistant weeds in cropping systems.
Tim Schnakenberg, agronomy specialist with MU Extension, will focus on five major weeds that are showing up on Lawrence County farms this year: thistle, Johnson grass, poison hemlock, spotted knapweed and plantain.
A meal will be provided courtesy of Mid-Missouri Bank of Mt. Vernon, Ozark Electric Cooperative, Southwest Missouri Cattlemen's Association and the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce.
There is no charge to attend but attendees must call the Lawrence County Extension Center at 417-466-3102 before Dec. 31 to reserve a meal.