Quick, what state east of the Mississippi River had the most cotton acres this year? It’s Georgia, which planted 1.25 million acres to cotton in 2010.

Georgia will also hold another distinction as 2011 gets under way. For the first time since 2002, the Peach State will host the Beltwide Cotton Conferences, to be held Jan. 4-7, 2011, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Ga.

If you’re attending the National Cotton Council-coordinated Beltwide to hear a frank discussion of current issues, plan to arrive early on Jan. 4. The event will kick off this year with the 4th annual Cotton Consultants Conference. The insightful mix of technical information and candid conversation will begin at Tuesday, Jan. 4, at noon, and conclude at 6 p.m., in time for dinner in one of Atlanta’s fine restaurants.

For hotel and event registration, links, preliminary program and information, go to http://www.cotton.org/beltwide/.

According to Bill Robertson, the NCC’s Beltwide Conference coordinator, the Cotton Consultants Conference is open to all individuals who desire technical pest management and production related updates needed in the development of efficacious and cost-effective management decisions.

Crop consultants, county Extension agents, dealer and distributor field representatives, industry field and technical representatives as well as producers looking for technical information are encouraged to attend.