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Cotton Management Webcasts May Give You an Edge in Planning Your Cotton Crop this Season.

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Three new webcasts sponsored by Cotton Incorporated and the Plant Management Network may help you make pre-plant decisions on variety selection, weed management strategies, and nematodes.  Below are some links and descriptions of the free webcasts.  These webcasts are of Extension Cotton Specialist from different fields of expertise from across the Southeast.  Although these presentations include great information please be sure to take their advise and check with your local extension office to ensure that the topics that they cover are for our climate and growing conditions.  An example would be to use your local trial data from the UGA Statewide Variety Testing program located at www.swvt.uga.edu/index.html.  As always, if you have questions or concerns contact your local extension office and talk with you county agent.

Cotton Variety Selection” by Mike Jones, Associate Professor and Cotton Extension Specialist, takes viewers through the increasingly complex choices that growers face when choosing new varieties. While new transgenic, “value added” traits may give you growers the edge in some ways, they are not always a better choice than tried and true varieties with high yield potential.  This presentation will help consultants, growers, and others in the cotton industry make informed decisions on selecting the right variety for their situation.

Management of Glyphosate-Resistant Italian Ryegrass”, by Mississippi State University Research and Extension Weed Scientist Jason Bond, helps practitioners learn more about the increasing occurrence of glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass biotypes and how to minimize their effects on cotton crops. Bond was the first to discover glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass in 2005, and he is among the leading experts in managing this increasingly significant issue.

Cotton Nematode Management in the South” by John D. Mueller, Professor of Plant Pathology and Director of the Edisto Research & Education Center at Clemson University, helps growers control this particularly damaging class of pest that is impossible to eradicate and collectively has cost $3 billion in damages worldwide last year. This presentation will help consultants, growers, and other practitioners scout and manage the various cotton nematode species found in the Southern U.S.  In particular, feeding habits, damage symptoms, and the right management tools for each nematode species are discussed.