SAN ANGELO – The sixth Concho Valley Cotton Conference is set for March 1 in the San Angelo Convention Center.

“This year’s program reviews how new technologies can be incorporated into a producer’s farming operation and the cost of doing business in the Southern Rolling Plains today,” said Rick Minzenmayer, Texas Cooperative Extension entomologist for Runnels and Tom Green counties.

“We’ll be looking at ways to optimize cotton pest control dollars and hearing about new, more efficient cotton technologies,”said Minzenmayer, a coordinator of the conference. “We’ll also hear about new findings for some old problems such as cotton root rot and weed management during those tough weed-control years. If you’re in the cotton business, and want to keep abreast of the industry, this program is a must for you.”

The biennial program, which runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature an extensive trade show that will remain open throughout the day. The Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association’s annual meeting follows the educational program at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will include reports from commodity groups, John Macguire (National Cotton Council) and election of new officers.

Morning topics and speakers will include:

-“Cost of Doing Business in the Southern Rolling Plains,” Dr. Jason Johnson, Extension economist, San Angelo; -“Producer Economic Benefits from Boll Weevil Eradication in Texas,” Dr. John Robinson, Extension economist, College Station; -“Conservation Tillage / Strip Tillage - Where are We Now?” Charles Stichler, Extension agronomist, Uvalde; -“Tillage Impacts on Insects in Cotton,” Dr. Chris Sansone, Extension entomologist, San Angelo;

-“What’s New in Plant Delivered Cotton Insect Control,” Dr. Shea Murdock, Monsanto, Lubbock; Reagan DeSpain, Syngenta, Lubbock and Dr. Le Reginelli, Dow AgroSciences, Lubbock -“Use of Cotton Variety Trials to Make Decisions,” Minzenmayer.

Afternoon topics and speakers will include: -“What’s New with Cotton Root Rot?” Stichler; -“Weed Management During Those Difficult Weed Control Years,” Dr. Wayne Keeling, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station agronomist, Lubbock; -“Is Something Missing for Good Cotton Yields?” Dr. Robert Lemon, Extension agronomist, College Station; and -“Why are the Weeds Still Here?,” Dr. Billy Warrick, Extension agronomist, San Angelo.

The conference is sponsored by Extension’s Runnels/Tom Green Integrated Pest Management Committee, the Tom Green and Runnels County Crops Committees, the Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association and the Runnels/Tom Green Counties’ Extension staffs.

Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered to those staying for the entire program. There will be four continuing education units given to Certified Crop Advisors.

Registration is free and includes a complimentary noon meal and snacks, but participants must pre-register by Feb. 23. After Feb. 23, individual registration is $10.

To pre-register, call the Extension office in Runnels County at (325) 365-2219, the Extension entomologist’s office at (325) 365-5212 or the Extension office in Tom Green County at (325) 659-6523.