Cotton producers can gain valuable insight on practices ranging from pre-emergence weed control systems to precision agriculture at the 2012 Beltwide Cotton Conferences — information that can help them improve their bottom lines.

The National Cotton Council-coordinated forum is set for Jan. 3-6 at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Conference information, including instructions for housing and registration, is available at www.cotton.org/beltwide.

Bill Robertson, the NCC's manager, agronomy, soils and physiology who coordinates the conferences with the oversight of the conferences' steering committee, said the Cotton Production Conference general session will focus on: 1) what went right and wrong in the 2011 growing season, including what was learned from the extreme weather events across the Cotton Belt, 2) proven marketing strategies, 3) new farm policy development and impending regulations, and 4) producing cotton with a changing arsenal of plant protection products.

"These program topics were chosen to help producers deal with the unique challenges they will face in the 2012 growing season," said Kenneth Hood, a Mississippi producer/ginner who chairs the steering committee.

"One of those challenges, for example, will be achieving efficiency and profitability with a declining number of plant protection products. Today's producers are trying to manage cotton with fewer plant protection products coupled with more restrictions on the products that are available."