Registration is now open for the 2018 Beltwide Cotton Conferences (BWCC), set for January 3-5 at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, TX.
The BWCC, coordinated by the National Cotton Council (NCC), annually brings together university and USDA researchers, Extension personnel/agents, consultants, and affiliated industry personnel to review and discuss current research and emerging technologies to help improve cotton production, processing and marketing.
Information about the 2018 BWCC, including registration and housing reservation instructions, is available online at the NCC website. The site also includes a link to BWCC proceedings from 2005-2017.
The 2018 BWCC begins at noon on January 3 with the half-day Cotton Consultants Conference – open to all attendees. Scheduled topics selected by the consultant community include a look ahead to Bollgard III use, review of the first year of in-crop dicamba use, thrips control, bacterial blight, nematodes, cotton root rot and fungicide seed treatments. A regulatory update and presentations on growing cotton economically and on contamination prevention will also be included.
The BWCC cotton technical conferences – which provide updates on research and a look into the cotton technology pipeline – will meet concurrently beginning the morning of January 4 and conclude by noon on January 5.
As an example, the Ginning Conference will include several presentations critical to cotton quality and efficient processing, including ongoing ginning research, new equipment, and lint contamination research/prevention. Results of the 2016 Gin Cost Survey also will be presented.
A new type of presentation – five-minute “lightning talks” from poster presentation authors – will be featured during the Cotton Improvement Conference. The short talks will allow the authors to provide the main points of their research to help stimulate questions and discussion during the poster sessions each day.
Registration costs for the 2018 BWCC before December 15 are:
- $200 for NCC/Cotton Foundation members, university and USDA researchers, Extension personnel, associations and consultants
- $400 for non-NCC/Foundation members
- $80 for students.
On-site conference self-registration kiosks will be available 24 hours a day beginning the evening of January 2. On January 3, NCC staff will be available to assist attendees with registration and name badges.
Source – National Cotton Council