The 2004 Georgia Cotton Production Workshop, scheduled for Dec. 12 at the Rural Development Center in Tifton, will focus on helping growers improve their fiber quality.

The workshop will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and concurrent workshops from 8:10 a.m. until noon. Concurrent workshops will cover the following topics: Weed Management; Cotton Varieties for 2004/05; Plant Pathology/Nematology; Fertilizers and Soil Management; Understanding Equipment, Calibration and Application Procedures for Nematicides; Insect Management; Cotton Physiology; Cotton Market Outlook; and Maximizing Efficacy of Nematicides.

A sponsored lunch at noon will be followed by a general session — Improving Fiber Quality in Georgia — at 1 p.m.

The following subjects and presenters will be featured during the general session: The 2004 Cotton Year — Production, Prices and Problems — Steve M. Brown, University of Georgia; The ABC's of Cotton Fiber Quality — Fiber Development, Historical Data — Phil Jost, University of Georgia; A Technical Look at Fiber Quality — David McAlister, USDA Cotton Quality Research Station, Clemson, S.C.; Quality Issues from the Perspective of Avondale Mills, South Bryan, Avondale Mills; A National and Global Perspective on Fiber Quality — Mike Watson, Cotton Incorporated; Georgia Cotton Commission's Role in the Fiber Quality Issue — Richey Seaton, Georgia Cotton Commission; Production Issues Affecting Fiber Quality — Variety Development — Lloyd May, University of Georgia; Nematode Management — Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia; Plant Populations — Craig Bednarz, University of Georgia; Glyphosate Misapplications in RR Cotton, Stanley Culpepper, University of Georgia; Stink Bug Management — Phillip Roberts, University of Georgia; Harvest Timing — Craig Bednarz, University of Georgia; The Georgia Quality Cotton Award — The University of Georgia Cotton Team; The MicroGin Project: Its Purpose and Opportunity for Improving Fiber Quality in the Southeast — Craig Bednarz and David Bridges, University of Georgia.

Participants in the workshop will be given the opportunity to tour the Georgia MicroGin following the final presentation of the day.

“The 2004 Georgia Cotton Production Workshop is the 12th annual conference of its kind,” says Steve M. Brown, University of Georgia Extension cotton specialist.

The format, says Brown, provides an opportunity for in-depth discussions of production issues in the various concurrent workshop sessions. In addition, the general session this year focuses on fiber quality, an issue that has gained considerable attention during the past year, he adds.

The conference is intended for growers, county agents, dealers and other agribusiness personnel interested in cotton.

Pre-registration, postmarked by Dec. 1, is $10. On-site registration is $15.