New Webcasts Address Seedling Disease and Soil Fertility

Memphis, TN - Seedling disease problems and soil fertility are both important factors in establishing cotton stands and ensuring a healthy cotton crop through the growing season. Two new ‘Focus on Cotton’ webcasts, produced by Cotton Incorporated and the Plant Management Network, can help growers and their consultants get off to a good start with quality, science-based information from cotton experts Craig Rothrock, Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Arkansas, and Charles Mitchell, Professor and Extension Agronomist of Soils at Auburn University. 

Rothrock’s webcast, titled “Role of Seedling Diseases and the Efficacy of Fungicide Seed Treatments in Stand Establishment of Cotton” helps growers, consultants and other practitioners in the cotton industry make effective decisions on seedling disease management and limit losses from seedling diseases. The presentation covers the causes of seedling diseases on cotton, planting decisions to avoid favorable environments for seedling diseases, and the importance of seed treatment fungicides for lessening the impact of seedling diseases. 

Cotton Nutrition in the Southeastern U.S.” authored by Mitchell, shares recent findings from cotton-related soil fertility experiments that have been continually running since 1911. These findings will help growers and cotton specialists improve and update soil test calibration for phosphorus, potassium, secondary and micronutrients. In his talk, Mitchell particularly looks at cotton nutrient uptake patterns to help with fertilization strategies. He also helps answer questions such as, “Do I need to increase nitrogen rates on cotton for higher yields?” and “How do soil tests compare across the region?”

Both presentations are freely available through the ‘Focus on Cotton’ webcast resource located at the Plant Management Network. ‘Focus on Cotton’ contains more than 25 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 $39 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