The 2001 Georgia Cotton Production Workshop is scheduled for Dec. 11-12 at the Rural Development Center in Tifton, Ga. The ninth 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 Tuesday, Dec. 11. Registration and all sessions will be held at the Rural Development Center.

Concurrent workshop sessions are scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. until 11: 45 a.m. on the first day of the meeting. Sessions will be held on the following topics and presenters: Weed Management, Cotton Varieties for 2002, Fertilizer and Soils Management, Plant Pathology/Nematology, Insect Management, Cotton Physiology, Cotton Market Outlook and Industry Update.

The general session on Dec. 11 will begin at 1 p.m. Topics and presenters are as follows: New Developments in Cotton Infrastructure, David Bridges, University of Georgia assistant dean and director; Farm Bill and Policy Update and Analysis of Cotton Provisions, Don Shurley, University of Georgia agricultural economist; The Status of the U.S. Textile Industry, Roy Bowen, Georgia Textile Manufacturers Association; Water - Current Issues and Pending Legislation, Kerry Harrison, University of Georgia agricultural engineer; The 2001 Crop Year in Review, Phil Jost, University of Georgia agronomist; Cotton Commercials, Tift County 4-Hers; Status of Insect Management in Georgia, Phillip Roberts, University of Georgia entomologist; Nematode Symptomology and Management, Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia plant pathologist; The Impact of Roundup Ready Cotton in Georgia, Stanley Culpepper, University of Georgia weed scientist; and Panel Discussion on Conservation Tillage, University of Georgia Cotton Team and Rick Reid, Coffee County Extension coordinator.

Concurrent workshops also will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. and from 1:15 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. on Dec. 12.

The general session on Dec. 12 will begin at 10:15 and will include the following topics and presenters: Report from the Georgia Cotton Commission, Richey Seaton, Georgia Cotton Commission executive director; Poultry Litter and Black Root, Gary Gascho, University of Georgia soil scientist; Current and Future Cotton Variety Development, Lloyd May, University of Georgia cotton breeder and Peng Chee, cotton molecular breeder; Integrating Winter Grazing into Cotton Production, Roger Gates, USDA-ARS research agronomist; Cotton Irrigation Studies at the USDA Peanut Lab, Marshall Lamb, USDA-ARS agricultural economist; and Panel Discussion on Skip-Row Cotton, moderated by Steve M. Brown, University of Georgia cotton specialist.

For more information about the Georgia Cotton Production Workshop, contact your county agent or call the conference office at (229) 386-3416.