The meeting will begin with registration at 8:15 a.m. and conclude with a sponsored lunch at noon. Speakers and their topics include:

-- Chism Craig, University of Tennessee Extension cotton and small grain specialist, Jackson – Blending Cotton Varieties.

-- Michael Boyd, entomology specialist, UM-C Delta Center, - Plant Bugs: Missouri's New No. 1 Insect Pest?

-- Dewey Wayne King, program manager, Southeastern Boll Weevil Eradication Program – Missouri Boll Weevil Eradication Update.

-- Bobby Phipps, cotton specialist, UM-C Delta Center – Thumbs Up: A Simple Approach for Scheduling Irrigation in Cotton.

-- David Dunn, Soils Lab supervisor, UM-C Delta Center – Nitrogen Rates for Gumbo Soils.

-- Allen Wrather, plant pathology specialist, UM-C Delta Center -- Nematodes: Shoot to Kill.

-- Cecil Williams, executive vice president, Cotton Producers of Missouri – Issues Affecting Cotton Producers.

-- Andy Kendig, weed control specialist, UM-C Delta Center – Cotton Weed Control Strategies.

Owen Gwathmey, associate professor, plant sciences, University of Tennessee, Jackson – Understanding What Went Right with the 2003 Cotton Crop.

For more information about the conference, contact the Delta Center’s Andrea Phillips at 573 379-5431 or by e-mail: phillipsa@missouri.edu.