The 2003 Alabama Cotton Field Day is scheduled for Thursday, July 31, at the Tennessee Valley Research and Extension Center in north Alabama’s Belle Mina.

This year’s field day is sponsored by The Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Southeast Farm Press and The John Deere Company.

Registration for the field day begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by an 8 a.m. welcome with tours departing for field demonstrations at 8:15, 9:30 and 10:45 a.m.

The following tours will be featured:

Tour 1: Cotton Variety Testing, Kathy Glass; Cotton Weed Control, Mike Patterson; Cotton Insect Control, Barry Freeman and Ron Smith; and Cotton Fertility, Charles Mitchell.

Tour 2: Cotton Irrigation, Larry Curtis and David Harkins; DPL 444 BR Evaluation, Charles Burmester and Dale Monks; Cotton Seedling Disease and Nematode Control, Kathy McLean.

Tour 3: Precision Farming, Joey Shaw, Shannon Norwood and Chris Dillard, featuring Site-Specific Soil Sampling, Electrical Conductivity Soil Mapping, Remote Sensing Imagery and Yield Mapping.

Tour 4: John Deere Autotrak AMS Guidance System; John Deere Cotton Picker Row Unit Adjustments; John Deere Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT); and Cotton Marketing, Bob Goodman.

Lunch at 11:30 a.m. will be prepared by John Curtis and the Limestone Farmer’s Cooperative. Lunch will be followed by comments from the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station director’s office and John Deere demonstrations featuring Autotrak Tractors and IVT Tractors, conducted by Andy Pace and Jay Hamlett.

Program participants in the Alabama Cotton Field Day include the following: Chet Norris, superintendent, Tennessee Valley Substation; Ellis Burgess, associate superintendent, Tennessee Valley Substation; Kathy Glass, agricultural program associate, Agronomy and Soils; Mike Patterson, Extension weed scientist; Barry Freeman, Extension entomologist; Ron Smith, Extension entomologist; Charles Mitchell, Extension agronomist, Agronomy and Soils; Larry Curtis, Extension agricultural engineer; David Harkins, agricultural program assistant, Tennessee Valley Substation; Charles Burmester, Extension agronomist; Dale Monks, Extension crop physiologist; Kathy McLean, assistant professor, Entomology and Plant Pathology; Joey Shaw, associate professor, Agronomy and Soils; Shannon Norwood, Extension county agent; Chris Dillard, research assistant, Agronomy and Soils; Bob Goodman, Extension economist; John Jensen, interim director and dean, AAES and College of Agriculture; Andy Pace, crop systems specialist, John Deere; and Jay Hamlett, territory manager, John Deere.

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