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Cotton Variety Selection and Nematode Management Webcasts

January 22nd, 2014

As planting dates get closer, growers often think of two things: picking the right varieties and ensuring they mature safely through the growing season. Two new webcasts from ‘Focus on Cotton’, a joint publication project between the Cotton Incorporated and the Plant Management Network, offer information and tips that help growers do just that:

  • "Cotton Variety Selection” by Mike Jones, Associate Professor and Cotton Extension Specialist, takes viewers through the increasingly complex choices that growers face when choosing new varieties. While new      transgenic, “value added” traits may give you growers the edge in some ways, they are not always a better choice than tried and true varieties with high yield potential.  This presentation will help consultants, growers, and others in the cotton industry make informed decisions on selecting the right variety for their situation.
  •  “Cotton Nematode Management in the South” by John D. Mueller, Professor of Plant Pathology and Director of the Edisto Research & Education Center at Clemson University, helps growers control this particularly      damaging class of pest that is nearly impossible to completely eradicate and collectively has cost $3 billion in damages worldwide last year. This presentation will help consultants, growers, and other practitioners scout and manage the various cotton nematode species found in the Southern U.S.  In particular, feeding habits,      damage symptoms, and the right management tools for each nematode species are discussed.

 These ‘Focus on Cotton’ presentations and others are published courtesy of Cotton Incorporated and the Plant  Management Network.  View these and other ‘Focus on Cotton’ talks at:


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