TUNICA, Miss. — The agricultural research division of Cotton Incorporated will host a Crop Management Seminar Nov. 9-11 at the Grand Casino in Tunica, Miss.
The seminar will include a COTMAN workshop, sessions concerning the latest in weed and insect management, and a precision ag demonstration. The information presented is timely and valuable to growers and consultants, said Pat O’Leary, director, agricultural research, for Cotton Incorporated.
The seminar will begin with a COTMAN workshop on Nov. 9 from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Attendees can learn about the new version of software for this multifaceted crop management system. “We have been testing new COTMAN software for the last two years and are recommending it for general release in time for the 2005 production season,” said Diana Danforth, from the Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Department at the University of Arkansas.
On Wednesday, Nov. 10, the seminar will hold sessions about insect and weed management and precision agriculture. The first session will be led by Jeremy Greene, University of Arkansas, and Phillip Roberts, University of Georgia. Both will address current cotton management practices for stink bugs.
Louisiana State University’s Roger Leonard will give information on the efficacy and agronomic performance of new cotton varieties incorporating stacked gene technology for insect management. The insect management seminar will include information on lygus management, identifying and controlling sporadic pests like snails and flea beetles, and information on new pesticides.
Lawrence Steckel, University of Tennessee, will begin a weed management session with a presentation on managing glyphosate-resistant horseweed and the need for new management strategies in conservation tillage. The session will include a presentation by J. Andrew Kendig, University of Missouri, who will provide information on management of pigweed species, especially Palmer amaranth.
The final session will cover precision agriculture with presentations about the management approach, cotton yield monitors, one crop consultant’s experience using precision ag, and the future of precision ag in cotton.
Cotton Incorporated, in cooperation with InTime, Inc., will hold a precision farming field demonstration Nov. 11 at Westside Farms. Jake Easley, north Delta regional sales representative, InTime, Inc., Cleveland, Miss., will lead the field day with presentations by consultant John Raymond Bassie, Bassie Agri-Service, Inc., and InTime, Inc., customer and cotton producer Tripp Hayes.
“Co-operating consultants will speak about their experiences with aerial imagery for crop scouting and growers will tell how they have saved by using variable rate technology,” says Kelly Dupont of InTime, Inc. The field tour will include a demonstration of a variable rate ground sprayer and a variable rate-equipped crop duster and related discussions, before Easley concludes the tour with a presentation about InTime, Inc.
For more information on the seminar, visit Cotton Incorporated’s Web site www.cottoninc.com or contact Lynda Keyes at 919-678-2269.