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New ‘Focus on Cotton’ Webcasts Help Southeastern Growers With Irrigation and Foliar Disease Management Practices

July 18th, 2014

Memphis, TN - Cotton production practices can vary from region to region. Soil type, water availability, weather patterns, and a host of other factors can all play a role in regional management decisions. This month, the ‘Focus on Cotton’ webcast resource, developed by Cotton Incorporated and the Plant Management Network, offers useful information on crop protection and irrigation management for the Southeast. 

Irrigation Management for Cotton in the Southeast” by Dr. Wes Porter, Extension Irrigation Specialist at the University of Georgia and Alabama Cooperative Extension, helps consultants, growers, and other practitioners in the Southeast United States an even better understanding of irrigation management for cotton production and its benefits.  Porter’s talk specifically underscores the importance of irrigation in cotton and irrigation scheduling. It also covers two brand-new scheduling methods available to growers. 

Foliar Diseases Affecting Cotton in the Southeastern United States” by Dr. Robert Kemerait, Professor and Extension Specialist at the University of Georgia, helps growers and consultants in the cotton industry better understand various foliar diseases that affect the Cotton Belt, particularly target spot, a relatively new and economically significant pest. This useful presentation provides answers the following questions: “What are the major foliar diseases of cotton?; What is their impact?; and How do we manage them?” 

‘Focus on Cotton’ contains more than 20 webcasts on various aspects of cotton crop management. These talks--freely accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week-- cover agronomic practices, crop protection, and ag engineering.  This resource also features a new and improved Cotton Extension Search tool, where users can conveniently search for extension resources across all U.S. land-grant universities serving cotton producers.

All of these resources are freely available courtesy of Cotton Incorporated at



Phil Bogdan, Plant Management Network, 651-994-3859, pbogdan [at] scisoc [dot] org

Stacey Gorman, The Cotton Board, 870-226-1445, sgorman [at] cottonboard [dot] org

About Plant Management Network:  All subscription-based information on the Plant Management Network website can be accessed for one low $38 annual subscription fee. Plant Management Network,, is a cooperative not-for-profit resource for the applied agricultural and horticultural sciences. Together with more than 80 partners, which include land-grant universities, scientific societies, and agribusiness, PMN publishes quality, applied, and science-based information for the practitioner. 

About the Cotton Board: The Cotton Research & Promotion Act established the Cotton Board as a quasi-governmental, non-profit entity to serve as the administrator of the Cotton Research & Promotion Program. Funded by America’s cotton producers and importers through the cotton check-off, the Program’s research and promotion activities are conducted worldwide by Cotton Incorporated, the Cotton Board’s sole-source contracting organization, to increase the demand for and improve the market position of cotton.

The Cotton Research & Promotion Program continues to work in all areas of cotton’s pipeline – from the field to the consumer – to keep cotton the number one fiber choice in the U.S. For more information about the Cotton Board and the innovative activities stemming from the Program, visit

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