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Recordings Available of Cotton Management Discussions from the 64th Annual West Texas Ag Chemicals Institute Conference

January 11th, 2017

Memphis, TN --- Cotton producers, researchers and industry professionals met at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture in Lubbock, TX on September 13, 2016, to discuss a wide range of scientific, management and policy related cotton topics at the 64th Annual West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute Conference.  The event’s sessions and panel discussions, organized by representatives from leading agricultural institutions, have been recorded and made available on the Plant Management Network (PMN) thanks to Cotton Incorporated. The presentations and the speakers’ accompanying slides are freely available through PMN’s ‘Focus on Cotton’ webcast resource. Session topics and speakers include:   

  • EPA’s Revisions to the Applicator Certification Rule (28 minutes) -- This presentation provides an overview of proposed changes to the EPA's pesticide certification and training requirements, discussing rationale behind the revisions and potential future amendments. Speaker: Dale Scott, Texas Department of Agriculture. 
  • UAV Use in Agriculture: Practical, Legal, and Technological Considerations (45 minutes) -- This talk discusses several key considerations for adoption and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to collect field imagery data. Speaker: Austin Bontrager, Servi-Tech Expanded Premium Services. 
  • Understanding the EPA Product Registration Review Process (33 minutes) -- This talk discusses how the EPA approaches risk evaluation, toxicity testing, exposure and other factors when evaluating and approving new active ingredients proposed for registration. Speakers: Dr. Jerry Wells & Cherilyn Moore, Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC. 
  • Politics and Policy Update (17 minutes) -- This presentations covers the state of the current political climate, including key issues such as farm bill appropriations, the Trans Pacific Partnership, loan programs, and more. Speaker: Kody Bessent, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. 
  • Handling Agriculture-Related Legal Issues (40 minutes) -- This discussion helps producers and practitioners navigate the legal complexities related to statutory agriculture liens, government farm programs, spray drift, property rights and aerial management techniques. Speaker: Amber S. Miller, Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam, LLP. 
  • Old World Bollworm: Assessing a Potential New Threat (39 minutes) -- This presentation describes the biology, distribution, and management of old world bollworm and discusses the potential of microbe research to improve plant health and performance—specifically new findings about fungal endophytes. Speaker: Dr. Gregory A. Sword, Texas A&M University. 
  • Integrating Mobile Technology in Agriculture (36 minutes) -- This talk discusses the value and utility of several agriculture mobile applications, including Barchart, Farm Futures, CattleFax, Farm Logs, Tank Mix Calculator and others. Speaker: Dr. Blake Bennett, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. 
  • Crop Management Update (33 minutes) -- This panel discussion provides an update of the 2016 growing season and discusses key issues such as irrigation, soil fertility and weed control. Moderator: Dr. Wayne Keeling, Texas AgriLife Research Center; Contributors: Katie Lewis, Jim Bordovsky and Seth Byrd. 
  • IPM Panel Discussion (34 minutes) -- This panel discussion covers important integrated pest management topics of the 2016 growing season, including bollworms, stink bugs, nematodes, cultural practices, sugarcane aphid and cloverworm. Moderator: Blayne Reed, Hale/Swisher; Contributors: Pat Porter, Katelyn Kowles, Kerry Siders and Suhas Vyavhare. 

Also available for viewing are recordings of the 2016 award and scholarship presentations hosted by Jane Denver, Texas A&M University, and Glen Ritchie, Texas Tech University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. 

These and other resources are freely available courtesy of Cotton Incorporated at 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

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