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New ‘Focus on Cotton’ Webcast Helps Growers Quickly Identify Common Foliar Diseases

August 30th, 2017

Memphis, TN --- There are many reasons cotton leaves can become spotted or discolored, each instance requiring a different management response. 

A new Focus on Cotton webcast titled “Identification and Management of Foliar Diseases of Cotton in the United States” helps cotton growers, consultants, and other industry experts quickly recognize and diagnose foliar disease outbreaks. 

This 16-minute talk by Heather M. Kelly, Extension Research Plant Pathologist at The University of Tennessee, provides information that helps users: 

  • Differentiate between nutrient deficiencies and foliar diseases
  • Identify the seven most common foliar diseases in the U.S.
  • Recognize when diseases and symptoms typically emerge 

This presentation is freely available through the ‘Focus on Cotton’ webcast resource located on the Plant Management Network. 

'Focus on Cotton' contains over 50 webcasts on various aspects of cotton crop management. These talks--accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week--cover agronomic practices, crop protection, and ag engineering.

The site also features Cotton Cultivated, a new resource from Cotton Incorporated that helps users quickly find the most current cotton production information available. 

These and other 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 $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

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