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SeedMatrix Tutorial Now Available

May 14th, 2015

Memphis, TN - The central focus of the Agricultural and Environmental Research department at Cotton Incorporated is recognizing and responding to issues cotton producers identify as having an impact on their farm. Timely access to objective information about new cotton varieties is a top priority to both cotton producers and consultants. Through a special partnership between Cotton Incorporated and Context Network, all nonproprietary cotton data is now available through a tool called SeedMatrix. And now, a tutorial webcast is available to teach users how effectively navigate SeedMatrix. 

SeedMatrix, a product of Context Network, is a data-driven, web-based software program which allows users to find the best varieties available based on a range of criteria, including their geographic location, soil texture, irrigation type, and desired technology traits. This freely accessible information spans 10 years and over 2,000 test plots worth of data.

The webcast, titled “SeedMatrix.com” demonstrates how growers, consultants, or other practitioners in the cotton industry can get the most use out of SeedMatrix. Author Dale Logan, Manager of SeedMatrix, gives a 15-minute tutorial of the SeedMatrix software platform and its features. This overview shows users how to: 

  • Access single trial data for cotton varieties
  • View head-to-head comparisons of specific cotton varieties
  • Compare one variety versus all others it was tested with
  • See the top performing products in various regions 

By the end of this presentation, users will understand how to effectively use SeedMatrix as a tool for more informed variety selection. 

This webcast is part of the ‘Focus on Cotton’ series made available by the Plant Management Network and Cotton Incorporated.  ‘Focus on Cotton’ contains nearly 30 webcasts on various aspects of cotton crop management. These talks are freely accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 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: http://www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/foco

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Contact:

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 $39 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.

 

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