Topics and speakers are being finalized for the 2012 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, set for Jan. 3-6 at the Orlando World Center Marriott — including programming for several timely workshops.

The Cotton Production Conference’s general session on Jan. 4 will include reports on Cotton Belt Weather Patterns, 2011 in Review, Managing Cotton with a Changing Arsenal of Tools, Washington Update and Cotton’s 2012 Market Outlook.

Among timely workshops to be offered on Jan. 4-5 are Conventional Cotton: Back to the Future, Glyphosate-Resistant Weed Control Systems: Managing Around the Consistent Inconsistencies of Pre-Emergence Herbicides, Understanding and Implementing Site-Specific Applications for Management of Nematodes, Thrips and Nematode Management: Making the Right Decisions on Early-Season Pest Control, Enhanced Efficiency Nitrogen Fertilizers, Irrigation Essentials for Cotton, Tools to Conduct On-Farm Tests, Cotton Options Workshop, Cotton Economic Outlook Symposium, New Developments From Industry, and Social Media in Production Agriculture.

Programming details soon will be available on the Beltwide website, www.cotton.org/beltwide.

Bill Robertson, the NCC's manager, Agronomy, Soils and Physiology who coordinates the conferences with the oversight of the conferences' steering committee, said the Cotton Production Conference general session and workshops “should provide beneficial information to help producers with key decision-making and fine tuning of their production practices for the coming season.”

The Cotton Consultants Conference, which will be offered for the fifth consecutive year, also is open to producers as well as to others that help producers in their decision-making, such as Extension and county agents, university researchers, dealers/distributors and company technical personnel. That session 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.

Additional information can be found at http://southeastfarmpress.com/beltwide-cotton-conferences.