The 2010 Beltwide Cotton Conferences’ Cotton Production Conference program is nearly finalized and will feature the latest information on topics ranging from nitrogen application to nematode control.
The National Cotton Council-coordinated 2010 Beltwide Cotton Conferences (BWCC) are set for Jan. 4-7 at the New Orleans Marriott and Sheraton New Orleans hotels. Detailed programming information as well as instructions for meeting registration and housing reservations can be found at the BWCC Web site, www.cotton.org/beltwide. Early (online) registration runs through Dec. 7.
Bill Robertson, the NCC’s manager, Agronomy, Soils and Physiology, says presentations confirmed for the Cotton Production Conference’s general session include innovative cotton farmers and leading research and Extension scientists discussing such timely topics as the value of transgenics, emerging insect issues, current/future precision agriculture opportunities, and today’s cropping decisions, including a look at rotation options and benefits.
In addition, attendees will hear from an “innovative grower panel” about proven production practices they have adopted.
Other insightful presentations will include a review of the 2009 growing season, opportunities in conservation programs, a discussion of marketing challenges, an economic outlook and updates on industry issues from the NCC and on key research efforts from The Cotton Foundation and Cotton Incorporated.
Busy Workshop Schedule
The Production Conference’s workshops will feature: 1) a collaborative report on several years of research from across the Cotton Belt concerning site-specific management of nematodes; 2) geographical sampling concepts and techniques for cotton pest management for precision agriculture uses; 3) variable rate nitrogen applications using on-the-go optical sensors; 4) effective and efficient irrigation for cotton production; 5) roundtable discussions on variety selection, insects, weed resistance and conservation programs; 6) an introduction to options and 7) an economic outlook. Other sessions include a cotton specialists’ workshop and the annual New Developments From Industry reports on varieties, chemistry, equipment
In addition, the third annual Cotton Consultants’ Conference will include educational presentations by Extension and university experts on: 1) spring burndown herbicides and their impact on diseases, insects and weeds; 2) updates on cotton diseases and insect pests, including new products available to combat them; 3) a panel discussion on the value of transgenics and the impact on consultants and 4) keynote speaker J.R. Bradley’s humorous and informative look back on his experiences and a discussion of consultants’ role in helping farmers deal with the challenges and issues that production agriculture faces now and in the future.
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