Great Plains Cotton Conference, February 23 & 24

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Following a very successful meeting in 2020, the 2021 Great Plains Cotton Conference is scheduled for February 23 and 24, 2021. Due to COVID restrictions, the meeting will be held virtually using the Zoom platform this year. Presentations will be focused on all things cotton, including stand establishment, early season management, 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, and TN will be presenting.  Seed companies will be presenting on their latest varieties and traits as well. One KDA CEU credit will be offered. CCA credits have been requested but not confirmed.

Sponsors for this event include Bayer Crop Science, BASF, Americot/NexGen, Phytogen Cotton Seed, Plains Cotton Cooperation Association (PCCA).

Presentations will go from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm on February 23 and 7:30 am to 12:00 pm on February 24. The two-day agenda is outlined below.

February 23

7:30 am               Welcome to the Great Plains Cotton Conference – Gaylon Morgan, Cotton
                            Incorporated and Gary Feist, Kansas Cotton Association

7:45                      Planting considerations for short-season environments – Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M,
                             Seth Byrd, OSU, and Stu Duncan, KSU

8:30                       Key cotton growth and development stages – Tyson Raper, Univ. of Tennessee         

8:50                       Prioritizing nutrient inputs to maximize efficiency – Katie Lewis, Tx A&M and TTU

9:20                       Break

9:30                       Sponsors presentation – BASF and Bayer Crop Science

9:50                       Optimizing water use for Great Plains cotton – Lucas Haag, KSU; Jason Warren, OSU

10:20                    PGR management in short-season cotton – Seth Byrd, OSU   

10:35                     Boll Weevil program update and Insect pests to watch for- Rex Friesen

11:10                     Sponsor presentations – NexGen and Phytogen

11:30                     Q & A

11:45                     Concluding remarks; continue on February 24th

February 24

7:30 am                Policy Updates – Tas Smith, National Cotton Council

8:00                      Cotton Trust Protocol and Cotton Board updates – Shelley Heinrich, Cotton Board

8:15                      Market Outlook – John Robinson, TAMU

8:35                      Accuracy of round module harvesters and Minimizing Plastic contamination – Wes Porter, Univ. of Georgia

9:00                      Weather outlook for Great Plains – Eric Snodgrass, Nutrien Ag Solutions

9:20                      Weed Management – Sarah Lancaster, KSU                     

9:55                      Break

10:05                   Sponsors presentations - PCCA

10:25                   Harvest-aid Management – Seth Byrd, OSU

10:50                   Q&A

11:10                   Concluding remarks and feedback


Interested individuals are asked to RSVP by February 19 to:

-  email:  Penny Adams at  Please provide your name, phone #, email address, address, and Pesticide Applicator Lic. # in the email. 

-  phone:  Shelley Heinrich at 806-670-3250 or


Registered attendees will receive a Zoom invitation on February 22.

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