New Search Tool Puts Extension Resources at Cotton Producers’ Fingertips
Memphis, TN --- University extension sites are an excellent source of crop management information, but they cover a diverse range of programs that extend well beyond row crop agriculture.
To help make cotton extension information more easily available for growers and consultants, Cotton Incorporated and the Plant Management Network have developed a one-stop search engine that targets the extension sites of America’s 17 cotton-producing states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
“To complement the Focus on Cotton webcast series, we wanted to offer a search tool that made it easier to find cotton specific information on university extension sites. This new Google-powered resource, called the Cotton Extension Search gives users the flexibility of searching for cotton production information at three geographic levels: by state, region, or across the entire Cotton Belt,” says Ryan Kurtz, Director of Agricultural and Environmental Research and staff entomologist at Cotton Incorporated.
The search was also developed to pull cotton-specific information, no matter how general the user’s keyword search term. A search for “weeds”, for example, will yield weed management information specific to cotton.
Find the Cotton Extension Search just below the “Educational Webcasts” section of the ‘Focus on Cotton’ webcast resource.
Phil Bogdan, Plant Management Network, 651-994-3859, pbogdan [at] scisoc [dot] org
Brad Robb, The Cotton Board, 901-271-1316, brobb [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, www.plantmanagementnetwork.org, 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 www.cottonboard.org.