Ten Southeastern cotton producers will visit cotton operations in Louisiana and Mississippi July 7-12 as part of the 2013 National Cotton Council’s Producer Information Exchange program (P.I.E.). Sponsored by Bayer CropScience via a grant to The Cotton Foundation, the P.I.E. program is now in its 25th year of helping U.S. cotton producer participants improve yields and fiber quality.
The program is designed to help producers improve their overall farming operation efficiency by gaining new perspectives in such fundamental practices as land preparation, planting, fertilization, pest control, irrigation and harvesting; and observing the unique ways in which their peers in other regions of the country are using current technology.
Upon completion of this year’s tours, the P.I.E. program will have exposed more than 1,050 U.S. cotton producers to innovative production practices in regions different than their own.
Participating from the Southeast in this tour are Brad Monahan, Waverly, VA; Josh Asby, Pantego, NC; Justin Boyd, Pinetown, NC; Hill Homewood, Raleigh, NC; Rickie Leggett, Windsor, NC; Gerald Tyner, Jr., Elm City, NC; Nick Aldridge, Jr., Waycross, GA; Phil Murray, Axson, GA; Jason West, Cobbtown, GA; and Brock Young, Tifton, GA.
The group’s schedule includes a visit with Staplcotn cotton cooperative in Greenwood, a tour of Bayer CropScience’s Cottonseed Station in Leland, a briefing on the Delta and the region’s cotton production from the Delta Council, a tour of the Stoneville Research Complex and Delta Branch Experiment Station in Stoneville, and visits with cotton growers and their operations throughout the two-state area.
Upcoming P.I.E. tours this season will send Southwest producers to California July 21-25; with Western producers touring Texas August 4-9. A group of Mid-South producers observed operations in South Georgia in late June.