Measure Soil Electrical Conductivity for Management Planning with a New ‘Focus on Cotton’ Webinar

Memphis, TN --- Site-specific crop management relies on the creation of management zones and on establishing practices that fit variations in the land. Measuring soil conductivity to create accurate soil texture maps is a new and novel way to facilitate this process and the overall success of management planning.

A new Focus on Cotton webcast titled “Soil Electrical Conductivity and Zone Management” helps cotton growers, consultants, and other industry experts utilize conductivity measurements to gauge yield potential, inform management practices, and analyze yield and profit returns. This 22-minute talk by Dr. David Hollens Free, Extension Precision Agriculture Specialist at Clemson University, provides information that helps users:

  • Gather accurate soil data
  • Locate divisions in soil texture and yield potential
  • Develop appropriately-sized management zones
  • Utilize data to set planting densities, nutrient applications, and nematode management
  • This presentation is available at no charge, courtesy of Cotton Incorporated, through the ‘Focus on Cotton’ webcast resource located at the Plant Management Network,  ‘Focus on Cotton’ contains over 35 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.  



    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 $40 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