COTMAN SOFTWARE DELIVERY AND RESEARCH SUPPORT
Mark J. Cochran and Diana M. Danforth, University of Arkansas
The project goal was to serve in an advisory and evaluation role for the COTMAN program and software in order to help guide software development and identify educational and support needs.
Project members provided input on planned software development and delivery at two COTMAN research meetings, one held in conjunction with the Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Orlando, Jan 2012 and the other held in conjunction with the Cotton Incorporated Crop Management Seminar, Tunica, Nov 2012.
Project members provided extensive testing of four Beta release versions of the COTMAN IV software and prepared detailed reports for the software developers at AgRenaissance Software LLC. Technical assistance was also provided to the COTMAN software developers in response to inquiries. Additional COTMAN guidelines were provided to the software developers in response to recommendations from research meetings, specifically insecticide termination for tarnished plant bugs at 250 heat units after NAWF = 5 and evaluation for irrigation termination at 350 heat units. The COTMAN IV software is scheduled to be released for the 2013 growing season. Project members have agreed to provide a final test of the software prior to release.
Project members provided user training for the COTMAN III system. The first was a day-long invited workshop hosted by Texas A&M University on May 24, 2012 for over 20 researchers. The second was "Demonstrations and Hands-On Assistance with COTMAN Software and Handheld Data Collection Devices" presented to over 60 researchers, growers, crop consultants and industry representatives as part of the COTMAN Workshop at the Cotton Incorporated Crop Management Seminar on November 7, 2012.