2020 Great Plains Cotton Conference, Feb. 25-26 in Wichita

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The inaugural Great Plains Cotton Conference is scheduled for February 25-26 at the Red Roof Inn & Conference Center in Wichita, KS. Presentations will be focused on all things cotton, including pest and nutrient management, varieties, harvest-aids, post-harvest management, economics, and cotton industry updates related to the Great Plains. Nationally recognized speakers from OK, KS, TX, TN, and AR will be presenting. Seed companies will be presenting on their latest varieties and traits as well. Prior to the conference starting, an Auxin Applicator training will be offered for KS and OK applicators.

Presentations will begin at 1:00 pm on February 25 and conclude at 12:30 pm on February 26. For those planning to attend the Auxin Applicator Training, this will be offered at 12:00-12:30 pm on the 25th, just prior to the start of the conference.

CCA credits will be provided and CEUs for OK and KS have been requested.

Please RSVP to: Penny Adams at the NE Regional Extension Office, 785-532-5833, padams@ksu.ed

The location of the conference is the Red Roof Inn & Conference Center, 6815 W Kellogg (US 54), Wichita, KS; 844-758-0639



February 25

Noon                     Auxin Training Opportunity (30 minutes) – Todd Baughman (OSU)
1:00                       Welcome to the Great Plains Cotton Conference
1:05                       Understanding Crop Growth to Optimize Inputs - Seth Byrd (OSU) and Stu Duncan
2:00                       Cotton Disease Identification & Management –Heather Kelly, Univ of Tennessee
2:40                       Prioritizing Nutrient Inputs – Brian Arnal, OSU
3:20                       Break
3:40                       Weed Management – Todd Baughman, OSU
4:20                       Insect Management Decisions – Gus Lorenz, Univ of Arkansas; Rex Friesen
5:00                       Q & A Panel on Pest Management
5:30                       Concluding remarks
6: 30                      Dinner for all attendees

February 26

6:00-7:30am      Continental Hotel Breakfast – on your own
7:45                       Policy Updates – Craig Brown, National Cotton Council
8:20                       Market Outlook – John Robinson, Texas A&M University
8:50                       Harvest-aid Management – Seth Byrd, OSU
9:30                       Break
10:00                     Fiber Quality and Minimizing Plastic contamination – John Wanjura – USDA Gin Lab
10:40                    Your Check-off Funds at Work – Shelley Heinrich, Cotton Board; Gaylon Morgan,
                                Cotton Incorporated
11:10                    Boll Weevil Monitoring program update – Rex Friesen
11:15                    Variety updates from Seed Companies
12:30                     Concluding remarks and feedback



Stu Duncan, Northeast Regional Agronomist

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