The 2005 Georgia Cotton Production Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Rural Development Center in Tifton, Ga.

This is the 13th annual conference of its kind, with a format that provides an opportunity for in-depth discussion of production issues in the various concurrent workshop sessions and a general session this year that focuses on pending policy, economic and production changes. The conference is intended for growers, county agents, dealers and other agribusiness personnel interested in cotton.

Registration for the workshop will begin on Dec. 14 at 8 a.m. in the lobby of the Rural Development Center. Concurrent workshops will be offered from 8:10 a.m. until noon, when a sponsored lunch will be served.

The concurrent workshops will cover the following subjects:

  • Weed management — Emerging weed problems with a focus on weed shifts and resistance, Roundup tank mixtures, cotton burndown, and the need for residual herbicides in a Roundup Ready cotton system.

  • Cotton Varieties for 2005/06 — A report of the 2005 University of Georgia variety trials and reports from major seed companies on varieties available for the 2006 season.

  • Nematode and Disease Management — Occurrence, losses, cultural and chemical management options.

  • Fertilizers and Soil Management — Foliar feeding, nitrogen and potassium management, conservation tillage, pH adjustment, and the economics of fertilization

  • Insect Management — New products, tobacco budworm/corn earworm management, and mid to late-season bug management.

  • Physiology/Agronomy — Crop water use, irrigation scheduling, fiber quality management, crop growth and development, and field management tools

  • Cotton Market Outlook — A discussion and analysis of the U.S. and world supply/demand situation and the price outlook for 2005/06. Also, a presentation of cotton budgets for 2006.

The general session, entitled, “Big Changes Lie Ahead,” will include the following topics and presenters: The 2007 Farm Bill, Trade, and Other Policy Issues, Craig Brown, vice president for producer affairs, National Cotton Council, Memphis, Tenn.; Yield, Cost, and Net Return: Implications for Marketing and Policy Choices Don Shurley, ag economist, University of Georgia, Tifton; Coping with Dramatically Higher Fertilizer Costs, Glen Harris, soil scientist, University of Georgia, Tifton; The Next Generation of Transgenic Traits — Why Plant Them? Steve M. Brown, agronomist, University of Georgia, Tifton; Has RR Flex Missed Prime Time? Stanley Culpepper, weed scientist, University of Georgia, Tifton; Emerging Insect Management Issues, Phillip Roberts, entomologist, University of Georgia, Tifton; Can We Return to Conventional Cotton Systems? Phil Jost, agronomist, University of Georgia, Statesboro; Georgia Cotton Commission's Report, Richey Seaton, executive director, Georgia Cotton Commission, Perry; How Do the New Seed Treatments Fit in Georgia? Bob Kemerait, plant pathologist, University of Georgia, Tifton; How New Equipment Could Change What You Do, Jay Williams and Calvin Perry, ag engineers, University of Georgia, Tifton; An Update on Fiber Quality Issues, Craig Bednarz, crop physiologist, University of Georgia, Tifton; and The Georgia Quality Cotton Award, Phil Jost.

Credits for the workshop include CCA in Fertility, Soil and Water Conservation, Crop Production, and Pest Management; and Pesticide License Certification, Commercial (Category 21) Private.

For more information about the Georgia Cotton Production Workshop, call (229) 386-3416.