The 2011 Cotton Resources DVD is ready in time for cotton producers headed to the fields, according to Dr. Gaylon Morgan, Texas AgriLife Extension Service state cotton agronomist in College Station.
“This is an educational delivery tool developed for producers, consultants, ginners and the cotton industry as a ‘one-stop shop’ for all information related to cotton,” Morgan said.
The general topics addressproduction, seed and feed, decision-aids, irrigation, fertility, insects, weeds, disease and nematodes, harvest, fiber quality and ginning, economics, Internet resources and a photo gallery.
The DVD’s first edition came out in 2003, was updated in 2007 and now it has been refreshed once again, Morgan said.
“This time, we’ve added videos on scouting cotton for insect pests, and we added some decision-aide tools for pests,” he said. “Also, we talk about use of cottonseed as a feed product.”
Morgan said they have added a section on “Kids’ Educational Materials” for producers or others who might be asked to present to a child’s school class.
Morgan said the DVD was originally made because of poor Internet access in areas, but now a producer can easily put the information on a laptop, either with the DVD or straight from the website.
“There are no restrictions about distributing the information to anyone and everyone that might find it useful,” he said.
This project was funded by Cotton Inc. through the Texas State Support Committee. The DVD was developed by Morgan, with contributions from other AgriLife Extension and Texas AgriLife Research faculty and staff from across the state.