The 8th Annual Blackland Cotton Field Day is set for Sept. 24 on the Gary Respess Farm in Pantego, N.C. The Coastal Carolina Cotton Gins of Pantego and Fairfield, N.C., and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service in Beaufort, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington counties are sponsoring the field day. The Respess Farm is located in the Terra Ceia community of Beaufort County.
The field day runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24.
The field day is centered around 10 on-farm tests that demonstrate and evaluate cultural practices and problems that cotton farmers face in the field, says Gaylon Ambrose, Beaufort County Extension agent.
Tests will show the impact of seed treatments, in-furrow and foliar insecticides against thrips. Another plot looks at Bollgard and Bollgard II in a side-by-side comparison.
In one test, county Extension agents and growers are working with John Deere Company in comparing 15-inch row spindle-picked cotton to conventional row widths. John Deere has developed a 15-inch spindle pick header that will be on display at the field day.
Growers in the area are in the third year of a study looking at the impact of planting date on cotton yield, the benefit of tillage practices and the comparison of growth regulators. The test is designed to compare early-, timely and late-planted cotton.
John Bradley, Monsanto's tillage specialist, will lead the discussion on reduced-tillage systems. The growth regulator test compares the impact of mepiquat chloride, Pix Plus and Pentia on cotton height, maturity and yield.
A new on-farm test evaluates control measures for hardlock. Daryl Bowman, North Carolina State cotton breeder, will discuss results of the cotton variety test. Another test will look at the use of foliar fertilizers.
For more information, contact Gaylon Ambrose at 252-946-0111.