The National Cotton Council (NCC) has scheduled tour dates and locations for the 2014 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program, sponsored by Bayer CropScience through a grant to The Cotton Foundation.
This year, Mid-South producers will see operations in California July 13-17; Far West producers will travel to Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee July 27-August 1; Southwest producers will visit North Carolina and Virginia August 3-8; and Southeast producers will tour Texas August 19-24.
Now entering its 26th year, the P.I.E. program provides cotton producers the opportunity to maximize production efficiency by gaining new perspectives in fundamental practices like land preparation, planting, fertilization, pest control, irrigation and harvesting; and by observing firsthand diverse farming practices and the unique ways in which their innovative peers in other parts of the country have adopted new and existing technology.
The NCC Member Services staff, in conjunction with local producer interest organizations, selects participants and conducts the P.I.E program. Upon completion of this year’s tours, the P.I.E. program will have exposed more than 1,000 U.S. cotton producers to innovative production practices in regions different than their own.
Source – National Cotton Council