The Southeast Cotton Conference is scheduled for Jan. 22, 2002 at the Gov. W. Kerr Scott Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

Following breakfast, the conference begins at 8:45 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The cost is $20 per person. Parking is free. Pesticide credits have been applied for with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. Monsanto is sponsoring a breakfast. A break is provided by Stoneville Pedigreed Seed Inc. John Deere and Company will provide lunch.

A favorite conference of cotton growers in the upper Southeast, the Southeast Cotton Conference features the latest information and the hottest developments in cotton production.

The conference opens with a talk about cooperative marketing by Mike Quinn of the Cotton Growers Cooperative (CGC). CGC will also give away a bale of cotton during the day.

Mark Lange of the National Cotton Council will offer a Cotton Outlook for the coming year. Vern Tyson of National Textiles in Winston-Salem, N.C., will discuss the future of the U.S. Textile Industry.

Eastern North Carolina cotton producer Marcus Thigpen will talk about how he's using precision agriculture on the farm.

Alan York, North Carolina State Extension weed scientist, will give a talk on weed management in cotton.

Keith Edmisten, North Carolina State Extension cotton specialist, will talk about pollination concerns in Roundup Ready cotton.

Jack Bacheler, North Carolina State Extension entomologist, will speak on secondary insects.

Mitchell Roof, Clemson University Extension entomologist, will give an insect update. Ames Herbert, Virginia Tech entomologist, will also give an insect update.

An agronomist with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture will discuss potassium needs of cotton.

Following lunch — sponsored by John Deere and Company — an expert panel will discuss fiber quality. The panel will include the following: Keith Edmisten, North Carolina State University Extension cotton specialist; Daryl Bowman, North Carolina State University cotton breeder; Dru Rush, Delta and Pine Land; Dave Guthrie, Stoneville Pedigreed Seed; and Jane Dever, Aventis.

Mike Jones, Clemson University Extension cotton specialist, will discuss cotton varieties for the V-C area.

Jim Maitland, Virginia Tech Extension cotton specialist, will discuss cotton defoliation.

John Mueller, Clemson University Extension plant pathologist, will present a talk on seed rot.

Conference sponsors include Southeast Farm Press, Extension services of North Carolina State University, Clemson University and Virginia Tech; Cotton Growers Cooperative; North Carolina Department of Agriculture Agronomics Division and Plant Protection Division; Monsanto; John Deere and Company; and Stoneville Pedigreed Seed Company.