The National Cotton Council (NCC) has scheduled tour dates and locations for the 2016 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program, sponsored by Bayer through a grant to The Cotton Foundation.
Now entering its 28th year, the P.I.E. program provides U.S. cotton producers the opportunity to maximize production efficiency and improve yields and fiber quality 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 have adopted new and existing technology.
In this season’s tours,
- Mid-South producers will visit agricultural operations in North Carolina and South Carolina on July 17-22
- Southeast producers will see operations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee on July 24-29
- Southwest producers will tour California’s San Joaquin Valley July 31-August 5
- Western producers will visit two cotton production regions in Texas on August 14-19.
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, more than 1,100 U.S. cotton producers will have been exposed to innovative production practices in regions different than their own.
Source – National Cotton Council