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How to manage resistant pigweeds in cotton will be addressed during the Consultants General Session.

Shelley E. Huguley

October 5, 2020

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Shelley E. Huguley

Managing resistant pigweed in cotton headlines the Consultants General Session during the virtual Texas Plant Protection Association (TPPA) Conference, Dec. 8 through Dec. 10, 2020.

"Many consultants and growers throughout the South are concerned about the level of post-emergence activity in some technologies such as dicamba, 2,4-D, and Liberty," says TPPA Board Chairman Ray Smith. "We have put together a program to address those concerns."

The Consultants General Session, Dec. 8 at 1:30 p.m., includes the following speakers and topics:

  • Larry Steckel, weed scientist, University of Tennessee, Resistance Management: More Important Than Ever, Weed Management in Xtend Flex and Enlist Crops

  • Scott Nolte, State weed specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, A Program Approach to Delaying the Onset of Resistant Weeds

  • Greg Steele, crop protection technology development rep, Bayer Crop Science, Weed Resistant Management with the Xtend Flex System in Texas

  • Mark Nemec, ag consultant, MJN Consulting Service, Out with the New and in with the Old Weed Control Programs

Virtual Conference

TPPA's three-day conference is themed "Resilient Agriculture: Healthy Farms for a Healthy Future." The 32nd annual conference continues to evolve as it converts its in-person meeting to a virtual format due to COVID-19.

"We will miss the camaraderie, exchanging ideas and viewing research papers," Smith says. "But the show must go on."

TPPA has arranged a technical team headed by members Scott Nolte and former TPPA president Gary Schwarzlose to plan and implement the online program. "As in the past, the meeting will include great presentations and valuable information. The program should be finalized by October," Smith says.

Days two and three include half-day morning sessions covering cotton, fertility management, grains, horticulture and turf, water and irrigation management, and pasture and rangeland. Each topic will feature four, 15-minute presentations.

CEUs will still be available along with presenter abstracts and the poster contest for graduate and doctoral students. Dec. 10, following the Pasture and Rangeland Session, TPPA will announce its award recipients, including the association's most prestigious award, the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award.

To register or see the agenda, visit http://texasplantprotection.com.


About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions that have to be made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such a Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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