Did you know…300,000 acres of cotton was planted in northern Oklahoma (including the panhandle) and southern Kansas in 2019? Interest and enthusiasm is high again heading into the 2020 growing season!
Have you harvested a cotton crop in the past? Are you interested in growing cotton this next crop season? What is that insect in my field and is it a beneficial, neutral, or a pest? What insect pest populations are considered at threshold levels to require spraying? If and when should I apply a growth regulator? How do I prepare the crop for harvest? What weed management programs may work best for me? If you have any of these questions or others, plan on attending the first Great Plains Cotton Conference February 25 and 26 in Wichita, KS.
The conference is sponsored by Cotton Incorporated, Oklahoma State University, and Kansas State University, and will be held at the Red Roof Inn and Conference Center, 6815 W Kellogg (US 54), Wichita. Sessions will be geared to inform experienced, new and potential growers, consultants, and industry personnel. The program will run from 12:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on February 25, with a sponsored meal at 6:30 p.m. for all attendees who pre-registered. The sessions will begin again at 7:45 a.m. on the 26th and will wrap up at 12:30 p.m.
Event organizers are asking everyone to please pre-register to allow for an accurate meal count. You can pre-register by calling Penny Adams at the Northeast Region Extension Office at 785-532-5833 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org. CCA and CEU credits will be available for some of the sessions.
For a detailed agenda, you can view a previous eUpdate article from Issue 784 – February 7, 2020 (http://bit.ly/2SpArJW) or contact your local County or District Extension Office.
Stu Duncan, Northeast Area Agronomist – Manhattan