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BWCC’s Program Schedule Beginning To Take Shape

The National Cotton Council-coordinated 2010 Beltwide Cotton Confer-ences (BWCC) are set for Jan. 4-7 at the New Orleans Marriott and the Sheraton New Orleans hotels.

Bill Robertson, the NCC’s manager of agronomy, soils and physiology, says  among topics being considered for the meeting’s Cotton Production Conferences are: 1) a producer panel discussion of weed resistance management; 2) energy management, including fertilization and irrigation; 3) a farm law update with an emphasis on the conservation programs; 4) U.S. cotton’s sustainability and other environmental issues such as climate change, cap and trade and clean water legislation; 5) rotation benefits and 6) new transgenics’ role in today’s production.

The Cotton Consultants Conference will be offered for the third consecutive year and likely will include updates on pest management strategies and new product evaluation.

Early BWCC registration begins Sept. 22 and runs through Dec. 7. Instructions for meeting regis-tration/housing reservations, programming and other information will be posted soon at the BWCC Web site, www.cotton.org/beltwide.

Texas Tech Grants License To Bayer CropScience

Texas Tech University System’s Office of Technology Commercialization and Bayer CropScience have signed an exclusive licensing agreement to utilize a new cotton technology from the university’s International Center for Excellence in Agricultural Genomics and Biotechnology.

When fully developed and introgressed into commercial cotton seed lines, the technology is expected to have a significant positive impact on fiber properties.

Further details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Bayer and the Texas Tech University Board of Regents created the $500,000 Bayer CropScience Endowed Professorship in 2005 to expand genetic-enhancement research for major crops with an emphasis on cotton.

Mike Gilbert, cotton general manager, Bayer CropScience, says he welcomes the expanded relationship with Texas Tech.

“We have long enjoyed a close relationship with Texas Tech, and this new technology represents an important contribution to our efforts to deliver innovations in cotton,” says Gilbert.

For more information, contact Texas Tech at (806) 742-2136.

Allenberg’s Nicosia Hints At Purchase Of Dunavant

Major cotton merchants Allenberg Cotton Co. and Dunavant Enterprises will likely settle a merger agreement by Sept. 30, Allenberg chief executive Joe Nicosia has told Dow Jones Newswire service.

Memphis-based Allenberg is the cotton arm of Louis Dreyfus Commodities Group and handles approximately seven million bales of cotton a year. Dunavant, the largest privately owned cotton merchant in the world, handles more than six million bales of cotton annually. Dunavant Enterprises is also based in Memphis.

“We’re hopeful to be able to reach a concluded transaction within this quarter,” Nicosia says.

Allenberg and Dunavant have plans to combine both their U.S. and international operations, according to William B. Dunavant III, chief executive officer of Dunavant Enterprises.

“This merger will be a very positive event for the cotton industry and for both companies,” he says.

Allenberg and Dunavant are two of the three largest U.S. cotton merchants. Cargill Cotton, a division of Cargill Inc., is the other leading cotton merchant.

Netafim Introduces New Dripperline Product

Netafim USA, manufacturer of drip/micro irrigation systems, has enhanced its Techline RW (Reclaimed Water) Dripperline tubing with the addition of a purple stripe for easy identification that reclaimed/non-potable water is being used.

Additional features make up a unique dripper design that will include the following benefits:

• Anti-siphon mechanism seals the dripper outlet blocking dirt and debris from entering after irrigation, making it ideal for poor water applications.

• Pressure differential mechanism provides high emission uniformity and a clog-resistant design.

• The continuous self-flushing, free-floating dripper diaphragm also allows the dripper to cleanse itself anytime during operation.

• Large Turbonet dripper flow path allows particles to pass through freely.

For more information about Netafim USA, go to www.netafimusa.com.

Case IH Adds Patriot 3230 To New Sprayer Lineup

With the recent introduction of the new Patriot 3230 sprayer, Case IH offers producers and customer applicators alike the timely and accurate performance of its larger Patriot sprayers in an 800-gallon configuration.

This addition to the Patriot line made its debut at the Midwest Ag Industries Expo-sition (MAGIE) in Blooming-ton, Ill., in August.

Although the 3230 will be the smallest of the Patriot sprayers, there’s nothing small about its capabilities. Case IH powers the Patriot 3230 sprayer with a new 6.7-liter electronically controlled diesel engine, rated at 220 horsepower. This turbocharged, aftercooled powerplant puts out 752 foot-pounds of peak torque.

In addition to product tank capacity, the tank configuration and material also distinguish the 3230. It is equipped with a compact, space-saving elliptical product tank available in either stainless steel or poly construction. The 3230 tank has a rated capacity of 800 gallons with a five percent overflow capacity for a total volume of 843 gallons for the poly tank and 850 gallons for the stainless steel tank.

For more information, visit the company Web site at www.caseih.com/na.

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