The 2004 North Carolina Cotton Field Day and Exhibition is slated for Sept. 15 at the Upper Coastal Plain Experiment Station near Rocky Mount.

The North Carolina Cotton Producers Association, North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services sponsor the every-other-year field day.

The experiment station is located on Noble’s Mill Pond Road, State Road 124. Going east toward Rocky Mount, take the Kingsboro Road Exit, Exit 478 and turn right two miles to Howard Avenue, State Road 1208; turn right on Howard Avenue and go one-half mile to Noble’s Mill Road. Take a right; the experiment station is four-tenths of a mile on the left.

“We encourage all cotton farmers to attend the field day,” says Billy Carter, executive vice president of the North Carolina Cotton Producers Association.

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., with field tours beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Tour 1 will consist of weed management systems for cotton. Alan York and Andrew Gardner of the North Carolina State University Crop Science Department will compare Roundup Ready Flex and Liberty Link weed management systems in conventional-row cotton. Lay-by herbicide, residual herbicide comparisons and Ignite/graminicide combinations will be discussed.

Keith Edmisten, North Carolina State University Extension cotton specialist, will discuss agronomic considerations for 15-inch, narrow-row cotton.

Tour 2 topics include insect management and weed management systems for cotton. Entomologists J.R. Bradley, Jack Bacheler and John Van Duyn will present research on stink bug and plant bug damage relationships and thresholds on Bollgard cotton, new Bt cotton technologies, bollworm management and new insecticides.

John Wilcut and Davie Wilson will discuss weed management systems in Roundup Ready Flex and Liberty Link cotton, as well as weed management systems in 15-inch, narrow-row cotton.

In Tour 3, Daryl Bowman will look at 62 commercial varieties and experimental lines in the 2004 OVT. Some 95 percent of the varieties are transgenic.

Crowell Bowers, North Carolina State University ag engineer, will demonstrate electronic cotton yield monitors.

North Carolina State University Extension Plant Pathologist Steve Koenning will discuss the use of fungicides to control late-season boll rots and hard lock in cotton.

Participants may attend two of the three tours.

Following the three field tours, dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., followed by a line up of speakers, including a welcome and introduction by Taylor Slade, president of the North Carolina Cotton Producers Association; a welcome and address by Britt Cobb, North Carolina commissioner of agriculture; and an address by Johnny Wynne, dean of the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. North Carolina Congressman G.K. Butterfield and North Carolina senatorial candidates Richard Burr and Erskine Bowles have been invited to speak at the field day.

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