The University of Tennessee and the University of Arkansas have confirmed dates for each state’s cotton scout schools.
The University of Tennessee’s annual Cotton Scout School will be held Friday, May 29, at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson, TN. The University of Arkansas will conduct insect scout school on June 3 at Hoot’s BBQ in McGehee, AR, and on June 4 at the Craighead County Cooperative Extension Service office in Jonesboro, AR.
Registration for the Tennessee session will begin at 8:00 am, with the program following at 8:30. The training will end with lunch, with a short “go to the field” session available for interested attendees following lunch.
“We hope to increase the hands-on portion of the program this year,” said Scott Stewart, Tennessee Extension entomologist. “Topics will include crop development, insect and weed identification, scouting techniques and more.”
No registration fee or preregistration is required.
The Arkansas schools will cover scouting for insects in cotton and grain crops. Presenters include Extension Entomologists Glenn Studebaker, Gus Lorenz and Nick Seiter; Extension Cotton Specialist Bill Robertson and Extension Soybean Specialist Jeremy Ross.
Registration at each location begins at 8:30 am, followed by the training session at 9:00. There is no fee for the program, and lunch will be provided.
Sources – University of Tennessee, University of Arkansas