The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s annual Cotton Tour is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center.

Hosted by UT AgResearch and UT Extension, the event features eight informative presentations led by cotton, insect and weed specialists from across the region.

Cotton Tour will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 1:00 p.m. Registration begins at 8:00.

The list of presentations is as follows:

Variety Selection, Performance, Effects of Planting Date, Cover Crops & Defoliation, Chris Main, UT Extension/AgResearch

Variety Response to Irrigation, Tom Barber, University of Arkansas

Deficit Irrigation of Cotton, Brian Leib, UT Extension

Plant Response to Irrigation Regimes, Matthew Wiggins, UT AgResearch

Response of Cotton to Ignite Herbicide, Darrin Dodds, Mississippi State University

Herbicide Resistant Weed Control in Cotton, Larry Steckel, UT Extension

Weed Competition in Cotton, Kelly Barnett, UT AgResearch

Insect Management: Thrips, Plant Bugs, Stink Bugs & Worms, Scott Stewart, UT Extension. Continuing education units for certified crop advisors and pesticide applicators will be available. Admission is free and open to the public.  

For more information, including directions to the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, go to

The West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is one of 10 research facilities operated by the UT Institute of Agriculture.  

In addition to its agricultural research programs, UTIA also provides instruction research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.