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Georgia cotton, peanut meetings scheduled

The Georgia Cotton Profitmaker Course will be offered beginning Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Coffee County Extension office. The five-week course is designed for growers, consultants and agribusinesses to get in-depth training on cotton production. A peanut meeting is scheduled for Douglas, Ga. On Feb. 2.

The goals of the cotton course are to help growers make higher yields, more profit, and to make cotton decision makers top-notch managers.

The cost of the course is $75, which includes meals and handouts. Payment is due at registration to reserve a spot in the class. There is limited space for the course, and it will be available to those who sign up first until the class is filled.

Those interested in participating should send their name, address and phone number along with a check for $75 made out to the Coffee County Ag Fund, 709 E. Ward St., Douglas, Ga., 31533. For more information call (912) 384-1402 or e-mail

The schedule for the course is as follows, with all classes starting at noon:

• Tuesday, Jan. 31 — Stanley Culpepper, UGA Extension cotton weed scientist, Cotton Weed Management Including Updates on Roundup Ready Flex Cotton, Roundup Resistance in Palmer amaranth (pigweed), and Spiderwort Control.

• Monday, Feb. 6 — Steve Brown, UGA Extension weed specialist, Variety Selection and Pending Technology Changes, and Craig Bednarz, UGA cotton agronomist, Cotton Irrigation.

• Tuesday, Feb. 14 — Phillip Roberts, UGA Extension entomologist, Cotton Insect Control.

• Tuesday, Feb. 21 — Glen Harris, UGA Extension agronomist, Surviving High Fertilizer Prices.

• Monday, Feb. 27 — Phil Jost, UGA Extension agronomist, Growth Regulators, Defoliants, Replant Decisions and Evaluation of Transgenic Technology Systems.

For peanut growers, the second Georgia Peanut Workshop will be held Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Weir Center in Douglas, Ga. The workshop will open at 8:30 a.m. with growers being able to visit peanut equipment companies, chemical companies and related industries booths at the workshop.

The workshop speakers will begin at 9:10 a.m and end at noon with a sponsored dinner and time to again visit with peanut sponsors’ booths.

Speakers and topics include Peanut Disease and Fungicide Update — Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia Extension pathologist; Peanut Herbicide and Weed Control Update — Eric Prostko, UGA Extension weed scientist; Peanut Insect and Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus Update — Steve Brown, UGA Extension entomologist; Peanut Fertility Update — Glen Harris, UGA Extension agronomist; Peanut Varieties and Management for 2006 — John Beasley, UGA Extension peanut specialist; and Peanut Market Update — Tyron Spearman.

Registration for the workshop is free but necessary to get a headcount for the meal. Please call the Coffee County Extension Service at (912) 384-1402 to register or more information about the workshop. Registration can also be e-mailed to

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