Ten Southwestern cotton producers will see cotton and other agricultural operations in North Carolina and Virginia on August 3-7 as part of the National Cotton Council’s (NCC) 2014 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) program.
Sponsored by Bayer CropScience through a grant to The Cotton Foundation, the P.I.E. is in its 26th year and has exposed more than 1,000 U.S. cotton producers to innovative production practices in Cotton Belt regions different than their own.
Specifically, the program aims to help the cotton producer participants boost their farming efficiency by: 1) gaining new perspectives in such fundamental practices as land preparation, planting, fertilization, pest control, irrigation and harvesting and 2) observing firsthand the unique ways in which their innovative peers are using current technology. The NCC’s Member Services staff, in conjunction with local producer interest organizations, conducts the program, including participant selection.
The Southwest cotton producer participants are:Kansas – Berry Bortz, Preston; Oklahoma – Collin McKinley, Frederick, and Spencer Smith, Elk City; and Texas – Andy Carthel, Friona; Hayden Davis, Welch; Andy Bill Fillingim, New Home; Duke Goodwin, Midland; Brian Hobratschk, Littlefield; Cecil Kalina, Miles; and Richard Lange, Norton.
The group will begin their activities in Raleigh, NC, with an orientation on August 3 and a visit the next day to Bayer CropScience’s headquarters for a presentation on “Innovating Technologies with Greenhouses” and a tour of the company’s Bee Care Center. That afternoon, they will travel to Gaston to see cotton production at Dunlow & Dunlow Farms.
On August 5, the group will travel to Suffolk, Va., where they will hear about the manufacture of peanut harvesting equipment at Amadas Corporation and tour the Tidewater Research Facility. While in Virginia that day, they also will see country ham curing at Darden’s Country Store in Smithfield and cotton production at Byrum Family Farms and other Windsor area cotton farms.
(Source – http://www.farms.com/news/southwestern-cotton-producers-to-see-north-carolina-virginia-operations-80015.aspx)