“The conference also presents a great opportunity for consultants to network with one another,” Robertson said. “So we’ll have several panel discussions and updates from different parts of the country. We’ll have a consultant from the Southeast, the Mid-South, the Panhandle region of Texas and south Texas.”

The panelists will discuss problems they encountered this season, solutions to those problems as well as plans for the coming year. According to Robertson, the format will allow ample time for interaction and questions from the audience.

Discussion topics will likely include weed resistance issues as well as the performance of two-gene Bt cotton, which received numerous over-sprays for worms in some areas this season. Participants will discuss which technologies “held up better than others,” Robertson said.

Sponsors Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer CropScience and Dow AgroSciences will also have 15 minutes each to deliver technical information to the audience. “In the past, much of this discussion has centered around varieties and new technology such as herbicide-resistant technology,” Robertson said.

The 2011 Beltwide Cotton Conferences will also include an irrigation workshop, focusing on irrigation scheduling techniques and drip irrigation.

How will your cotton budget price out for 2011? Are cotton prices at 75-85 cents competitive with corn and soybeans? The Beltwide will include a cotton price outlook from Gary Adams, the NCC’s vice-president of economics and policy analysis.

The Beltwide Cotton Conferences bring together those with a stake in maintaining 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.

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