COLLEGE STATION - For cotton producers, it's everything you ever wanted to know about cotton production at your fingertips.
Two free cotton resource CD-ROMs are now available for the eastern and western regions of Texas.
"At this stage of the game, it's as close to one-stop shopping (for cotton information) as we can get," said Dr. Randy Boman, Texas Cooperative Extension agronomist in Lubbock. "Many of the common challenges that producers encounter will be addressed by various publications on this CD."
"It's all right here," said Dr. Robert Lemon, Extension state cotton specialist, demonstrating the eastern version on a desktop computer. "We wanted to be able to provide our clientele with a wealth of cotton information."
The CD-ROM is divided up into "logical key areas," Lemon said. Publications addressing general production, irrigation and insect management, as well as information on harvesting, fiber quality and ginning can be found.
"A photo gallery is also on the CD where individuals will be able to find out about insects, types of weeds, grasses, diseases, etc," Lemon said.
A grant from the Texas State Support Committee of Cotton Inc. made the CD-ROMs possible. Extension and the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station partnered on the effort.
Boman originated the idea, first developing a western resource CD-ROM for Extension agents as a training document. Grant funding allowed the project to broaden its audience, which now includes Extension agents, producers and industry personnel.
"The CD is now available to ginners because we know gins typically have a lot of traffic in and out," Boman said. "This certainly would help answer some of those questions they receive. We've also made it available to chemical representatives and crop consultants. This could be a key training tool for the industry."
The resource CD-ROMs were developed "because we wanted to be able to put cotton information at (producers') fingertips," Lemon said.
Individuals wanting a copy of the eastern CD-ROM can contact Lemon at (979) 845-2425. Growers wanting the western CD-ROM can call Boman at (806) 746-6101. The contents of both CD-ROMs can also be found on the Web site (http://lubbock.tamu.edu ) for the Texas A&M University System Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Lubbock.