The 2007 Georgia Cotton Production Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center/Rural Development Center.

The 2007 Georgia Cotton Production Workshop is the 14th annual conference of its kind. The format provides an opportunity for in-depth discussion of production issues in the various concurrent workshop sessions. In addition, the general session this year will focus on pending policy, economic and production changes. The conference is intended for growers, county Extension agents, dealers, and other agribusiness personnel interested in cotton.

Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m. in the lobby of the Tifton Campus Conference Center/Rural Development Center.

Concurrent workshops will be held from 8 a.m. until 9:50 a.m. featuring the following topics and presenters: Weed Management, Stanley Culpepper, emerging weed problems with a focus on weed shifts and resistance, Roundup tank mixtures, cotton burndowns, and the need for residual herbicides in a Roundup Ready cotton system; Cotton Varieties for 2006/07, Steve M. Brown, report on the 2006 University of Georgia cotton variety trials and reports from major seed companies on varieties available for the 2007 season; Nematode and Disease Management, Bob Kemerait, occurrence and losses, cultural and chemical management options; Fertilizers and Soil management, Glen Harris, foliar feeding, N and K management, conservation-tillage, pH adjustment, and economics of fertilization; Insect Management, Phillip Roberts, Bt technologies, corn earworm and stink bug management, thrips control, and aphid management strategies; Cotton Market Outlook, Don Shurley, a discussion and analysis of the U.S. and world supply/demand situation and the price outlook for 2006/07, presentation of cotton budgets for 2007; Precision Ag Tools, Calvin Perry, the utility of guidance systems, yield monitors, wireless networks, sensors and other technology tools.

Steve L. Brown, assistant dean for the University of Georgia Tifton campus, will present the official welcome at 10:05 a.m. General session topics and presenters include the following: The 2007 Farm Bill, Trade and Other Policy Issues, Gary Adams, economist, National Cotton Council, Memphis, Tenn.; Review of the 2006 Growing Season, Steve M. Brown, agronomist, the University of Georgia, Tifton; New N Fertilizer Products, Glen Harris, soil scientist, the University of Georgia, Tifton; A Comparison of the New Seed Treatments, Bob Kemerait, plant pathologist, the University of Georgia, Tifton; Phillip Roberts, entomologist, the University of Georgia, Tifton; and An Update from the UGA Micro Gin, Andy Knowlton, gin manager, the University of Georgia, Tifton.

Lunch at 11:45 a.m. will be sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission.

The luncheon Speaker will be Hunt Shipment of Cornerstone Government Affairs in Washington, D.C., who will talk about the influence of the 2006 mid-term elections on farm policy.

The general session will continue at 1:20 p.m. with the following topics and presenters: Georgia Cotton Commission's Report, Richey Seaton, executive director, Georgia Cotton Commission; Advancements in Harvest Technology: In Picker Module Builders, Case representative and John Deere representative; Bio Energy Opportunities in Cotton, Gary Hawkins, agricultural engineer, the University of Georgia, Tifton; and Weed Disasters Looming, Stanley Culpepper, weed scientist, the University of Georgia, Tifton.

Following a break, the concurrent workshops will be repeated from 3 p.m. until 4:50 p.m.

Pre-registration for the workshop is $20 if postmarked by Feb. 1, and mailed to the conference office of the Rural Development Center. On-site registration is $35.

You can register online at www.ugatiftonconference.org or forward a check to the Tifton Campus Conference Center / P.O. Box 1209 / Tifton, Ga. 31793. You can contact the conference office at 229-386-3416.