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Consultants Conference To Examine Insect/Weed Issues

By Tommy Horton

For the second straight year, the Beltwide Cotton Conferences will offer a special meeting geared specifically toward consultants from across the country.

Bill Robertson, coordinator of the Beltwide Cotton Production Conference, says the success of last year’s inaugural Consultants Conference made it an easy decision.

“We received a lot of positive feedback about last year’s meeting, and we think it’s important to continue this event,” he says. “We’re tweaking the schedule and believe we can offer even more relevant information to this audience.”

The Consultants Conference will begin at 1 p.m. on Jan. 5 at the Marriott Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. The general session will run until 3 p.m., and then the meeting will move into breakout sessions from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Expanding List Of Attendees

Robertson, the National Cotton Council’s manager of agronomy, soils and physiology, says other groups also will be invited to the conference, including Extension specialists, chemical representatives and county agents.

“We’re becoming increasingly aware that consultants are the experts who are helping the farmers make those important management decisions,”
he says.

Insect, Weed Topics On Schedule

The opening general session will concentrate on insect and weed management issues. Louisiana State University entomologist Roger Leonard and Mississippi State University entomologist Angus Catchot will be the featured speakers. Leonard will lead discussions on plant bugs and stinkbugs. Catchot is the lead speaker on spider mite problems.

During the second hour of the opening session, the focus will shift to weed management issues. Georgia Exten-sion weed scientist Stanley Culpepper and Arkansas Extension weed scientist Ken Smith will coordinate this part of the program.

For more information on this year’s Beltwide Cotton Conferences, go to http://beltwide.cotton.org or call (901) 274-9030.

Contact Tommy Horton at (901) 767-4020 or thorton@onegrower.com.


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