NCC Sets 2018 P.I.E. Program Tour Dates
Cotton producers will have an opportunity to see cotton production operations in other regions of the country this summer as part of the National Cotton Council’s (NCC) 2018 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program.
Now in its 30th year, the program has enabled more than 1,100 U.S. cotton producers to visit Cotton Belt regions different than their own to learn about their peers’ innovative production practices.
This year, producers from the Far West and Southwest will see Mid-South operations in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee on August 5-10; Southeast producers will visit California’s San Joaquin Valley on August 12-17; and Mid-South producers will tour two of Texas’ cotton production regions on August 19-24.
Sponsored by Crop Science, a division of Bayer, through a grant to The Cotton Foundation, the P.I.E. program was developed to help U.S. cotton producers maximize production efficiency and improve yields and fiber quality by gaining new perspectives in fundamental practices such as land preparation, planting, fertilization, pest control, irrigation and harvesting; and by observing diverse farming practices and the ways in which other producers have adopted new and existing technology. Participants can ask questions and learn from the producers they visit, but also glean information from growers from their own region during the tour.
A unique program benefit is that the participants get to ask questions of both the producers they visit on the tours but also from producers from their own region that they travel with during the week.
Participants for each tour will be announced soon. The NCC’s Member Services staff – in conjunction with local producer interest organizations – conducts the P.I.E. program, including participant selection.
Based on information provided by the National Cotton Council