Texas: High Plains Cotton Conference, Spearman, Feb. 1

    Mid season cotton field. Photo: Larry Stalcup, AgFax Media

    The High Plains Cotton Conference, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will be held Feb. 1 at The Event Center, 622 E. D Ave., Spearman.

    The free program will begin at 8 a.m. with registration, followed by the program from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Three general Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered to private pesticide applicators. Certified crop advisor CEUs are pending.

    Lunch will be sponsored by Plains Land Bank in Perryton. Registration and other costs are covered by Ag Producers Co-op, Capital Farm Credit, FMC, Nutrien, Patton Custom Fertilizer and Plains Cotton Growers.

    The program will include:

    • Cotton Preseason Decisions, Dr. Murilo Maeda, AgriLife Extension cotton specialist, Lubbock, and Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Amarillo.
    • Cotton Marketing, Dr. John Robinson, AgriLife Extension economist-cotton marketing, College Station.
    • Resistant Weed Management, Dr. Peter Dotray, AgriLife Extension weed specialist, Lubbock.
    • Cover Crops and Soil Health, Dr. Katie Lewis, Texas A&M AgriLife Research soil scientist, Lubbock.
    • Farm Bill Update, Dr. George Knapek, Texas A&M University agricultural economics professor, College Station.
    • Insect Issues, Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Amarillo.
    • Disease and Nematode Management, Dr. Terry Wheeler, AgriLife Research plant pathologist, Lubbock.
    • Soil and Water Relationships, Dr. Dana Porter, AgriLife Extension irrigation specialist and program leader for engineering, Lubbock.

    For more information, contact Kristy Slough, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Hutchinson County, at 806-878-4026 or slslough@ag.tamu.edu.

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