The 2002 Georgia Cotton Production Workshop is scheduled for Dec. 10-11 at the Rural Development Center in Tifton, Ga. The ninth annual conference of its kind, the workshop is intended for growers, county agents, dealers and others involved in agribusiness who are interested in cotton.

“The format of the workshop provides an opportunity for in-depth discussions of production issues in the various concurrent workshop sessions,” says Steve M. Brown, University of Georgia Extension cotton specialist. “The general session will include a broad range of concerns related to economics as well as emerging production issues.”

The conference, sponsored by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service and the Georgia Cotton Commission, will begin with registration from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Registration and all sessions will be held at the Rural Development Center.

Concurrent workshop sessions are scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. until 11: 50 a.m. on the first day of the meeting. Sessions will be held on the following topics and presenters: Weed Management, Cotton Varieties for 2003, Fertilizer and Soils Management, Plant Pathology/Nematology, Insect Management, Cotton Physiology and Cotton Market Outlook and Industry Update.

The general session on Dec. 10 will begin at 1 p.m. Topics and presenters are as follows:

The 2002 Crop Year in Review, Phil Jost, University of Georgia Extension agronomist; Where the 2002 Farm Bill is Taking Us — Base and Yield Options, Prices, Payments and Crop Decisions, Don Shurley, University of Georgia Extension economist; New Opportunities for Conservation Practices in Cotton: Incentive Programs — David Bennett, Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Technical Advancements — Wayne Reeves, USDA-ARS agronomist; Vision for Research at Cotton Incorporated, Roy Cantrell, Cotton Incorporated vice president for research; Have You Seen a Live Boll Weevil? Jim Wilson, Southeastern Eradication Foundation program manager; Influence of Drought on Georgia Streams and Aquifers: Ecological Effects — Liz Blood, Jones Ecological Institute education and outreach coordinator, Policy Effects - Jim Hooks, University of Georgia soil scientist; History of Irrigation in Georgia Cotton, Johnny Crawford, retired University of Georgia agronomist/plant pathologist; Progress in Irrigation Research: Plant Use Requirements and Other Issues — Craig Bednarz, University of Georgia cotton physiologist, First Year Results at the Stripling Irrigation Park — Rad Yager, University of Georgia, Second Year Results at the National Peanut Research Laboratory — Marshall Lamb, USDA-ARS economist, Variable-Rate, Precision Irrigation Applications — Calvin Perry, University of Georgia agricultural engineer; and Panel Discussion on Managing for Earliness: Can We Grow/Pick Cotton Before Peanut Harvest? University of Georgia Cotton Team, Rad Yager and Eddie McGriff, Decatur County Extension director.

Concurrent workshops also will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. and from 8 a.m. until 10:10 a.m. on Dec. 11.

The general session on Dec. 11 will begin at 10:15 and will include the following topics and presenters: Report from the Georgia Cotton Commission, Richey Seaton, Georgia Cotton Commission executive director; The Increasing Menace to Georgia Cotton — Nematodes, Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia Extension plant pathologist; From Ultra Narrow-Row to Skip-Row, Phil Jost; Resurgence of Insect Pests in Georgia Cotton, Phillip Roberts, University of Georgia Extension entomologist; and Panel Discussion on Management Practices that Influence Fiber Quality, University of Georgia Cotton Team.

For more information about the Georgia Cotton Production Workshop, contact your county agent or call the conference office at (229) 386-3416.