A discussion of cotton pricing for 2011, more interactive workshops and a sneak peek at what industry has coming down the pipeline make the 2011 Beltwide Cotton Conferences (BWCC) a must attend event for everyone.
This National Cotton Council-coordinated meeting is scheduled for Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 4-7, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Ga. To register online for the BWCC and make hotel reservations, visit www.cotton.org/beltwide. You also may call the Marriott directly at (866) 469-0549 if you prefer.
Be sure to register before Dec. 14 to take advantage of the lower BWCC registration fees, which will go up after that date. Also, Dec. 14 is the last day that the hotel will honor the BWCC’s special room rates.
General Session Overview
Bill Robertson, NCC’s Manager, Cotton Agronomy, Soils and Physiology, says the Cotton Consultants Conference begins with a luncheon at noon on Tuesday, with the conference kicking off at 1 p.m. and adjourning at 6 p.m. The Consultants Conference is open to all registered attendees.
The Production Conference general session will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. Eddie Smith, Chairman of the NCC, will deliver the welcoming remarks, followed by Guy Collins, University of Georgia Extension cotton specialist, who will review the 2010 season.
Don Parker, NCC’s Manager of Integrated Pest Management, and David Shaw, President of the Weed Science Society of America and Vice President for Research at Mississippi State University, are slated to cover resistance management from an education standpoint. A Washington Update also will be presented.
The general session will wrap up with a discussion of 2011 cotton pricing. As Robertson notes, “Cotton prices are good, but prices of other commodities are, too. Producers are trying to get a handle on their production costs and what they can expect to be paid for their crop. Our speaker will address where he thinks prices will be for next season’s crop.”
Industry’s Sneak Peek
After a 30-minute break following the general session, speakers from Syngenta, Bayer CropScience, Monsanto and PhytoGen/Dow AgroSciences will conduct a workshop from 10:30 until noon on what the future holds for products and technologies.
“People want to know what’s out there in the pipeline,” Robertson says. “They are hearing talk of Bollgard III, nitrogen-use efficiency gene, water-use efficiency gene, the dicamba gene and the 2,4-D gene. This workshop will provide industry representatives an opportunity to talk about what cotton producers can expect in the future.”
This same workshop also will be held from 10:30 until noon on Thurs-day to give those who may have a conflicting workshop on Wednesday another opportunity to attend the industry’s workshop. In fact, the shortened time frame allotted for the general session in 2011 will allow additional time for people to attend hands-on workshops and seminars related to a variety of topics.
The National Cotton Council provided information for this article.