Southwest cotton producers will visit their counterparts in North Carolina and Virginia from August 3-8 as part of the National council 2014 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E) program. Texas will host producers from the Southeast August 19-24.
Mid-South producers will see operations in California July 13-17, and Far West producers will travel to Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee July 27-August 1.
The P.I.E. program provides cotton producers an opportunity to maximize production efficiency and improve yields and fiber quality by: 1) gaining new perspectives in such fundamental practices as land preparation, planting, fertilization, pest control, irrigation and harvesting; and 2) observing firsthand diverse farming practices and the unique ways in which their innovative peers have adopted new and existing technology.
P.I.E., sponsored by Bayer CropScience through a grant to The Cotton Foundation, is now in its 26th year and has exposed more than 1,000 U.S. cotton producers to innovative production practices in regions different than their own. The NCC’s Member Services staff, in conjunction with local producer interest organizations, conducts the program, including participant selection.