Beltwide Cotton Conference (BWCC) will be held in the US, January 3 to 5, 2018. It will provide an insight on current research and emerging technology and help attendees improve production, processing and marketing efficiency. Among the scheduled topics are looking ahead to Bollgard III use, a review of year one of dicamba use, thrips control, bacterial blight, nematodes, cotton root rot and fungicide seed treatments. Also included will be a regulatory update and presentations on growing cotton economically and on contamination prevention.
The ginning conference will include presentations critical to cotton quality and efficient processing. Included will be updates regarding ongoing ginning research, new equipment, and lint contamination research and prevention. A new type of presentation will be offered at one of the technical conferences. The Cotton Improvement Conference will feature five-minute lightning talks from poster presentation authors. The authors will provide the main points of their research for the purpose of stimulating more discussion later at the poster session.
There will be a special workshop on small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for agricultural producers. About 80 per cent of commercial UAS systems are expected to be used in agriculture. Because most initial users are uneasy about this emerging technology, the workshop will focus on risk-based trainings for both current and future users and include reports on aircraft systems and a workflow demonstration.