In the past, those who did not attend Cotton Incorporated’s bi-annual Crop Management Seminar (CMS) had online access to static PowerPoint slides where they could glean information, but not get a full impact of what was discussed.

That static offering has been upgraded to a multi-media experience.

Growers, consultants, and other industry professionals who missed the CMS, held in Tunica, Miss., can now view and listen to the presentations from the comfort of their own homes — at any day and time they like.

Cotton Incorporated and the Plant Management Network teamed up to record and produce webcasted versions of the 2012 CMS presentations, which include all non-proprietary talks from the Seminar and all talks from the Precision Cotton Irrigation Workshop.

“In a recent survey conducted by Cotton Incorporated, the vast majority of farmers across the Cotton Belt listed pest control, input costs, water, and variety selection as their top areas of concern,” said Ryan Kurtz, director of Agricultural and Environmental Research at Cotton Incorporated.

“The CMS addressed these key grower production-related concerns and shared information about new technologies on the horizon. To extend that knowledge to those who were unable to attend, Cotton Incorporated partnered with the Plant Management Network to create open access webcasts of each presentation.”

Collectively, 24 webcasts were produced, covering the latest developments and cutting edge management recommendations on variety selection, insect management, weed management and precision irrigation.

Talks include:

• Adaptation and Management of New Cultivars by Darrin Dodds, Mississippi State University;

• Managing Thrips in Seedling Cotton With Starter Fertilizer and a Single Foliar Application by Michael Toews, University of Georgia;

• Uses and Caveats With Liberty Herbicide on LibertyLink and WideStrike Cotton Cultivars by Larry Steckel, The University of Tennessee

• Lessons Learned From Irrigation Pump Monitoring in the Mid-South by Christopher Henry, University of Arkansas.

This convenient and time-saving webcast format includes an index and keyword search which lets users save time by jumping to any section of the talk they choose.

These webcasts, all located at http://www.plantmanagementnetwork.org.