Three new ‘Focus on Cotton’ Webcasts Give Producers a Good Head Start for the Growing Season

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Variety selection, weed management strategies, and nematodes are often at the front of cotton producers minds during the winter and early spring months.

To help growers make even more informed decisions, Cotton Incorporated and the Plant Management Network have teamed up to produce three new webcasts in the ‘Focus on Cotton’ series, which offers the latest, science-backed crop management information for application in the field:

Cotton Variety Selection” by Mike Jones, Associate Professor and Cotton Extension Specialist, takes viewers through the increasingly complex choices that growers face when choosing new varieties. While new transgenic, “value added” traits may give you growers the edge in some ways, they are not always a better choice than tried and true varieties with high yield potential. This presentation will help consultants, growers, and others in the cotton industry make informed decisions on selecting the right variety for their situation.

Management of Glyphosate-Resistant Italian Ryegrass”, by Mississippi State University Research and Extension Weed Scientist Jason Bond, helps practitioners learn more about the increasing occurrence of glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass biotypes and how to minimize their effects on cotton crops. Bond was the first to discover glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass in 2005, and he is among the leading experts in managing this increasingly significant issue.

Cotton Nematode Management in the South” by John D. Mueller, Professor of Plant Pathology and Director of the Edisto Research & Education Center at Clemson University, helps growers control this particularly damaging class of pest that is impossible to eradicate and collectively has cost $3 billion in damages worldwide last year. This presentation will help consultants, growers, and other practitioners scout and manage the various cotton nematode species found in the Southern U.S. In particular, feeding habits, damage symptoms, and the right management tools for each nematode species are discussed.

Producing Cotton in Short-Season Dryland Environments” by Keith Edmisten, Professor of Crop Science and Cotton Extension Specialist at North Carolina State University, helps consultants, growers and other practitioners in the southeastern US manage cotton where a short season environment is needed or desired in dryland situations. The first segment of the presentation focuses on where short season environments are most likely to occur. The presentation then discusses varieties and the compromise between earliness and drought tolerance. The next section of the presentation illustrates how decisions made at or near planting can affect maturity and the ability of the crop to mature in a short season environment. The impact of growth regulators and defoliation management on maturity are presented in the final section.