The 2003 Georgia Cotton Production Workshop is scheduled for Dec. 11-12 at the Nessmith-Lane Continuing Education Building at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga. The 11th annual conference of its kind, the workshop is intended for growers, county agents, dealers and others involved in agribusiness who are interested in cotton.

"The format of the workshop provides an opportunity for in-depth discussions of production issues in the various concurrent workshop sessions," says Steve M. Brown, University of Georgia Extension cotton specialist. "The general session will include a broad range of concerns related to economics as well as emerging production issues."

The conference, sponsored by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service and the Georgia Cotton Commission, will begin with registration from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11.

Concurrent workshop sessions are scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. until 11:50 a.m. on the first day of the meeting. Sessions will be held on the following topics: Weed Management; Cotton Varieties; Plant Pathology and Nematology; Fertilizers and Soil Management; Understanding Equipment, Calibration and Application Procedures for Nematicides; Insect Management; Cotton Physiology; Cotton Market Outlook; and Maximizing the Efficacy of Nematicides.

The general session on Dec. 11 will begin at 1 p.m. Topics and presenters are as follows:

Political and Economic Pressures on U.S. Cotton — Mark Lange, National Cotton Council president; The ABC’s of Cotton Fiber Quality Physiology and Management — Phil Jost, University of Georgia agronomist; Implications in the Textile Industry — Roger Insley Sr., Consultant, Custom Technical Solutions, Gastonia, N.C.; The 2003 Crop Year in Review — Steve M. Brown, University of Georgia agronomist; Report from the Georgia Cotton Commission — Richey Seaton, Georgia Cotton Commission executive director; Nematodes — An Increasing Nemesis of Georgia Cotton — Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia plant pathologist; Bugs — Phillip Roberts, University of Georgia entomologist; Shifts in Weed Problems Associated with Roundup Ready Technology — Stanley Culpepper, University of Georgia weed scientist; Progress in Irrigation Research: Plant Use Requirements and Other Issues — Craig Bednarz, University of Georgia cotton physiologist and Glen Ritchie, University of Georgia research coordinator; Managing for Earliness: Can We Grow/Pick Cotton before Peanut Harvest? — Steve M. Brown, Phil Jost, Bob Kemerait, Phillip Roberts and Richard McDaniel, University of Georgia county Extension coordinator, Waynesboro, Ga.

Concurrent workshops also will be held from 8:15 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12.

The early bird registration fee for the workshop is $20. Registration after Nov. 25 or on site is $30. The fee includes instruction, educational materials and refreshments. For additional information, contact your county Extension office or the Tifton Campus Conference Center at (229) 386-3416.

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