Ray County soil and crop conference Feb. 6

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Ray County’s new Missouri Extension employee is reviving a service last seen in Ray County two years ago.

Wyatt Miller, the county’s first Richmond-based Missouri Extension agronomist since Julie Abendroth, will host the 2013 Annual Soils and Crops Conference Feb. 6 at the Ray County Veterans Memorial Community Building.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., farmers, ranchers and others interested in Missouri’s drought, crop yields, cover crops and pests will hear from a number of University of Missouri experts.

Miller, Jarrell Foreman, USDA’s executive director for Ray County, and farmer Jon Dana will introduce the program.

The cost, including lunch, is $10 and will be collected at the door to defray the cost of food. Preregistration is requested either by phone at 776-6961 or email at Of course, walk-in registrations are also welcome at the Extension Service office at the Eagleton Center.

Miller said the lineup of speakers is attractive, offering something for everyone. MU Climatologist Dr. Pat Guinan will use historical data to evaluate the drought and prospects for it continuing.

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