Cotton crop consultants from across the nation are meeting in Atlanta today in their fourth annual conference to kick off the 2011 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, held in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
National Cotton Council president Bill Robertson welcomed the advisors to the meeting which includes seasonal overviews from the Southeast, Mid-South, Texas South and Texas High Plains. After the geographic reports, the meeting was to turn to new products, technologies and concerns affecting cotton growers and those scouting their fields in the coming year.
Also, a nematode/disease session, along with clinics on insects and weeds was scheduled to round out the afternoon.
The consultants' conference was to close with industry updates from sponsors Monsanto, Bayer CropScience, Syngenta Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences.
Registration for the rest of the week's Beltwide Cotton Conferences and activities continued throughout the day.
"Beltwide" is the largest agricultural meeting of the year in the United States, and brings all segments of the cotton industry together in one spot for information exchange and the unveiling of new products.
The general session is set for 8 a.m. Wednesday, with a host of concurrent sessions planned throughout the week. The conferences close Friday.