Registration and hotel reservations for the 2016 Beltwide Cotton Conferences – set for January 5-7 at the New Orleans Marriott – begin September 21 on the official Beltwide website.
The site also includes a schedule of events and general information.
The Beltwide Cotton Conferences – coordinated by the National Cotton Council (NCC) – annually brings together those with a stake in a healthy U.S. cotton production sector, including growers, university and USDA researchers, Extension personnel/agents, consultants, and industry sales/support personnel.
Registration costs before December 14 for the National Cotton Council-coordinated forum are $175 for NCC/Cotton Foundation members, university and USDA researchers, Extension personnel, associations and consultants; $300 for non-NCC/Foundation members; and $80 for students.
On-site conference self-registration kiosks will be available 24 hours a day beginning the evening of January 4. NCC staff will be available on January 5 for attendees needing assistance with registration and name badge printing. Continuing education units, or “CEUs”, will again be offered.
The 2016 Beltwide meetings will begin at noon on January 5 with a half-day Cotton Consultants Conference session that will focus on new developments from industry, including discussions and reports on new varieties, chemistries and emerging technologies.
The next day, the Consultants Conference will continue with updates on weed management strategies. Entomologists will also provide updates on the latest research regarding neonicotinoid insecticides, including their impact on pollinators and possible replacements for this important class of chemistry should alternatives become necessary.
A joint session of the Agronomy and Physiology Conference and the Soil Management and Plant Nutrition Conference – open to all attendees – follows, including an overview of the current status of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and how they may be effectively integrated into a precision agriculture program to improve production efficiency and profitability.
The 11 cotton technical conferences, ranging from agronomy to weed science, will meet concurrently beginning the morning of January 6 and conclude by noon on January 7.
NCC Chairman Sledge Taylor, a Mississippi cotton producer and ginner, said the Beltwide Cotton Conferences provide an excellent environment for these groups to exchange information.
“This exchange is helping guide cutting-edge research in agronomy, pest management, economics and other important disciplines that can lead to more efficient cotton production, processing and marketing,” Taylor said.
Source – National Cotton Council