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January 18, 2019

Topics Geared for Beef Producers at 90th
Annual Barry County Soils and Crops Conference

CASSVILLE, MO - The University of Missouri Extension 90th Annual Barry County Soils and Crops Conference will address several topics that can help producers increase profits on the farm.

"The topics raised by our soil and crops planning committee of Barry County producers focused on beef producers this year," said Reagan Bluel, county engagement specialist in agriculture and environment with University of Missouri Extension. "Drought was still on the mind of committee members so two presentations will focus on forages and strategies that would be helpful in drought situations."


Tim Schnakenberg, agronomy field specialist with MU Extension, will give a presentation on improving forage with Bermuda and native grasses.

Jennifer Lutes, agronomy and ag business specialist with MU Extension, will present on the economics of alfalfa in a beef operation.

Finally, Dr. Jared Decker, assistant professor of beef genetics and computational genomics at the University of Missouri, will explain how to get started in Genomic testing and how beef genomics can help improve your herd.

"Recently, the southwest Missouri cow producers have culled out all the stragglers in their herds to stretch feed inventories. So now we have the ideal opportunity to explore ways to change and improve our cow herd through genomic analysis," said Bluel.


The Barry County Soils and Crops conference begins at 6 p.m. on Jan. 24 at First Christian Church, 905 Old Exeter Road, Cassville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program, beginning with supper, runs from 6:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Dinner will feature local caterer John Sullivan. Attendants are asked to pre-register by calling the Barry County MU Extension office at (417) 847-3161. Those that are pre-registered will be charged $5 or there is a $7 fee at the door.

"In addition to our great speakers and great food, every paid registrant will receive a $5 coupon to analyze a forage sample," Bluel said.

Any persons or business wishing to sponsor the program should contact the University of Missouri Extension office directly. Sponsorship checks should be made payable to University of Missouri Extension, 700 Main, Suite 4, Cassville, MO 65625.

Source: Reagan Bluel, (417) 847-3161

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