On July 18th, northeast Georgia cotton producers, University of Georgia (UGA) faculty & staff, and industry personnel gathered at UGA’s J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center in Watkinsville for a cotton field day. At the field day, attendees got to see firsthand the research that UGA’s first class group of extension scientists are conducting with producer funds via the Georgia Cotton Commission and Cotton Incorporated.
Field days give producers the chance to interact directly with researchers and ask questions about issues on their farm in the areas of agronomics, entomology, plant nutrition, etc. Speakers at the Watkinsville event included UGA Extension Cotton Agronomists Dr. Jared Whitaker and Mark Freeman, UGA Extension Entomologist Dr. Phillip Roberts, UGA Extension Irrigation & Precision Ag Specialist Dr. Wes Porter, and UGA Statewide Variety Testing program Dr. Daniel Mailhot. Producers also got to explore through the variety trial that was on the facility and see how the difference varieties compared to each other in different soil conditions.
There will be other field days this year, on August 15th at the Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center in Midville and September 5th in Tifton and will have similar presentations plus more. There are plans to have one in northwest Georgia/northeast Alabama in cooperation with Auburn University. If you have questions about these events, please contact your county UGA Extension office.