Cotton Incorporated recognizes the importance of keeping cotton producers informed on the latest developments and research findings that could have an impact on the profitability of their cotton farming operations. To help achieve that goal, a new joint-effort resource has been established between Cotton Incorporated and the Plant Management Network (PMN).
The resource, Focus on Cotton, featuring monthly webcasts from noted cotton industry experts, is now online at www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/foco.
“Consultants, researchers and farmers lead busy lives, and they don’t always have time to attend meetings where they can learn about the latest advances in cotton research,” explains Dr. Ryan Kurtz, Director of the Entomology Research Program for Cotton Incorporated and Chair of the Focus on Cotton Editorial Committee.
“We are excited about the collaboration with the PMN to increase our information transfer capabilities.”
Throughout 2013, these audio-visual presentations will offer practical information and guidance in various areas of crop management, including weeds, nutrients, irrigation, diseases and insects. Collectively, they will apply to all areas of the United States where cotton is grown.
“We’ll try to launch new webcasts in the coming months at the rate of about one per month on average,” says Phil Bogdan, Communications Manager for the PMN.
Content Now Available
The PMN Web site is linked to Cotton Incorporated’s site and is easy to find and navigate.
“In addition to the Focus on Cotton webcast series, we have 24 webcasts of presentations from Cotton Incorporat-ed’s 2012 Crop Management Seminar now posted to the PMN homepage, and under the Fiber section at Cottoninc.com,” says Kurtz. “The real beauty of the PMN series of open access webcasts is that they allow anyone to go online at their own convenience to stay current on the latest research developments.”
Focus on Cotton is the fifth in a series of commodity-specific resources targeted toward ag professionals, which includes cotton farmers, crop consultants, certified crop advisors and state/county Extension agents.
The Cotton Board, which administers Cotton Incorporated’s Research and Promotion Program, contributed information for this article.