The Production Conference's workshops will foster interaction between speakers and attendees on the challenges associated with such agronomic practices as: 1) herbicide resistance prevention/management, 2) producing cotton without Temik, 3) insect/weed management strategies when planting conventional varieties and 4) irrigation, with a focus on scheduling.

Among other workshops will be one with entomologists and agronomists discussing their use of social media, such as Facebook and blogging, to disseminate timely information and to gather feedback with the goal of helping improve producers' in-season decision-making.

As in the past, a workshop also will have allied industry representatives talking about new and emerging technology and products such as plant varieties, chemistries, equipment and software.

"The workshops are especially good for posing questions to other cotton producers, researchers, Extension, agribusiness representatives and consultants," says NCC Chairman Charles Parker, a Missouri producer/ginner.

"Overall, I believe the Beltwide gives producers a great opportunity to not only hear what their peers are doing in other parts of the Cotton Belt but talk to them face-to-face about proven farming practices."

The Cotton Consultants Conference will be offered for the fifth consecutive year. It will offer insight gained from the 2011 growing season and a discussion on dealing with weed resistance management, particularly ways to enhance pigweed control, in 2012.

The Beltwide Cotton Conferences also include the Cotton Foundation Technical Exhibits and 13 cotton technical conferences.

The Beltwide Cotton Conferences bring together those with a stake in a healthy U.S. cotton production sector, including cotton industry members, university and USDA researchers, Extension personnel, consultants, and service providers, to share timely information.

Overall, programming is designed to update U.S. cotton producers on new technology, innovative and effective production practices, and key industry issues.