Top of Texas Cotton Conference, Pampa, Jan. 28

    The multi-county Top of Texas Cotton Conference will be hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on Jan. 28 at the M. K. Brown Auditorium, 1100 W. Coronado Drive, Pampa.

    The AgriLife Extension offices in Carson, Gray, Roberts, Wheeler and Armstrong counties are collaborating to address the concerns of cotton producers in this region, according to Danny Nusser, AgriLife Extension North Region program leader for agriculture and natural resources in Amarillo.

    The program will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and conclude by 4 p.m. Three Texas Department of Agriculture integrated pest management continuing education units will be offered. There is no charge to attend, but preregistration is requested by Jan. 25 to the AgriLife Extension office in Gray County, 806-669-8033.

    Program topics and speakers will be:

    • Insect issues related to Bt technologies, Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Amarillo.
    • Disease and nematode management, Dr. Tom Isakeit, AgriLife Extension plant pathologist, College Station.
    • Cotton marketing opportunities, Dr. John Robinson, AgriLife Extension cotton marketing economist, College Station.
    • Cover crops and soil health, Dr. Katie Lewis, Texas A&M AgriLife Research soil scientist, Lubbock.
    • Farm bill updates, Dr. Joe Outlaw, AgriLife Extension economist and co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University, College Station.
    • Pre-plant considerations and variety trial results, Dr. Murilo Maeda, AgriLife Extension cotton specialist, Lubbock, and Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Amarillo.
    • Resistant weed management, Dr. Peter Dotray, AgriLife Extension weed specialist, Lubbock.
    • Soil and water relationships, Dr. Dana Porter, AgriLife Extension irrigation specialist and program leader for engineering, Lubbock.

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