UNIVERSITY AND Extension specialists from across the Cotton Belt are participating in a new Web-based program designed to provide cotton producers with current and localized crop conditions, weather reports and technical recommendations throughout the cotton harvest season.

The new program, Harvest Watch, is sponsored by Bayer CropScience and will be available at www.cottonexperts.com. The reports started Aug. 1 and run weekly through the harvest season.

Cotton producers also can request to receive state-specific Harvest Watch reports via e-mail by subscribing at www.cottonexperts.com.

The state-specific reports available will be: Alabama — Dale Monks, Auburn University; Arkansas — Bill Robertson, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service; Georgia — Steve Brown, University of Georgia; Louisiana — Joel Faircloth and Sandy Stewart, Louisiana State Extension Service; Mississippi — Will McCarty, Mississippi State University; Missouri — Bobby Phipps, University of Missouri; North Carolina — Keith Edmisten, North Carolina State University; Oklahoma — J.C. Banks, Oklahoma State University; South Carolina — Mike Jones, Clemson University; Tennessee — Bob Hayes and Chism Craig, University of Tennessee; Texas — Robert Lemon, Randy Boman, and Charles Stichler, Texas Cooperative Extension; Virginia — James Maitland, Virginia Tech.

“Harvest Watch allows timely information from industry experts to be accessible to growers during a season when they need it the most,” says Don Oleniczak, Bayer CropScience harvest aid product manager.

One added benefit will be the opportunity to “Ask the Harvest Aid Guy” via the Web. Growers will be able to e-mail questions about harvest aid applications and timing to a Bayer CropScience expert who will then answer the questions and provide helpful tips throughout the harvest season.

Growers can “Ask the Harvest Aid Guy” quickly and conveniently, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, by e-mailing their questions at www.cottonexperts.com.