BarCo Soils and Crops Conference slated

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Emphasis placed on stopping trichomoniasis in county

The 88th annual Barry County Soils and Crops Conference, slated for Monday in Cassville, will focus on managing protecting herds from trichomoniasis, hay quality and use of chicken litter as fertilizer.

The conference will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the First Christian Church, located at 905 Old Exeter Road. The program will be preceded by a catered dinner provided by John Sullivan. Cost for the meal and program is $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Registration may be made by contacting the University of Missouri Extension office, located at 700 Main St. Suite 4 in Cassville, or by phone at 417-847-3161.

"Our topics have been selected by our 2017 Soil and Crops planning committee of Barry County producers," said Reagan Bluel, Barry County Extension program director. "In addition to our great speakers, we also invite attendees to bring their hay 2016 tests for a casual discussion on forage quality and winter feeding strategies over supper."

Barry County ranks highest in the state for number of positive cases of trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted disease caused by a parasite. Dr. Linda Hickam, Missouri Department of Agriculture state veterinarian, will discuss management recommendations to ensure local herds are protected from this active outbreak.

Tim Schnakenberg, Extension agronomist, will present ways to ensure quality wrapped hay for the 2017 season. Peter Scharf, University of Missouri professor, on how to monitor and maximize the soil phosphorus availability for the 2017 crop with an emphasis on those fertilized with poultry litter.

Any persons or business wishing to sponsor the program should contact the Extension office directly.

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