Cotton harvest
Presenters will share the 2013 cotton variety report along with new research on improving cotton production at the annual UT Cotton Focus held February 14 at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. Download photo.


JACKSON, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s annual Cotton Focus program is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. The program will feature presentations from UT AgResearch and Extension specialists, as well as noted speakers from the University of Nebraska, Mississippi State University, the University of Arkansas, Southeastern Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation and the National Cotton Council.
 
Presentations begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at noon, followed by a complimentary lunch. The Tennessee Boll Weevil Eradication Committee annual meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m.
 
This year’s Cotton Focus program will cover topics such as better pigweed management, irrigation basics and the variety report for 2013. The last presentation of the day will be a special update on the status of the Farm Bill, delivered by Dr. Gary Adams, vice-president of economic and policy analysis for the National Cotton Council. You can find the complete program agenda at http://west.tennessee.edu or http://utcrops.com.
 
Pesticide points and certified crop advisor points will be available to participants.
 
The West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is located at 605 Airways Boulevard in Jackson, Tenn.  
 
The UT Institute of Agriculture provides teaching, research and outreach through the colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and Veterinary Medicine; AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers; and UT Extension with offices in every Tennessee county.
 
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Contacts:
 
Dr. Scott Stewart, UT Extension IPM Specialist, sstewar4@utk.edu, 731-425-4709
 
Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communication Services, 731-425-4768, gtrice@tennessee.edu