2011 Cotton Breeders' Tour

The 2011 Cotton Breeders' Tour was held the week of August 28th in the Mid-South region. A record number of participants, nearly 150, came from across the private and public sectors in the United States along with researchers from Australia, Brazil, China, Columbia, and Pakistan. The tour began with a S-1036 research meeting in Memphis to discuss the regional project on Sunday afternoon. An announcement was also made regarding the new cotton database, CottonGen, that is currently being developed. On Monday the University of Arkansas Experiment station at Keiser was visited and Dr. Fred Bourland led this stop. Tuesday stops include the USDA and Mississippi State University cotton breeding programs in Starkville. Additional visits included USDA cotton breeding, ginning, nematode, and catfish research programs in Stoneville concluding with a dinner and tour at the Monsanto research station nearby. Stops on Wednesday included Bayer CropScience and Phytogen cotton breeding programs in Leland and the LSU Ag Center Northeast Research Station near St. Joe, Louisiana. Thursday the tour visited the USDA Southern Regional Research Center in New Orleans to observe 5 research programs. The tour was a 800 mile journey across four states, and productive information was exchanged all along the route between participants. Three long time cotton scientists, Dr. Jack Jones, Dr. Johnie Jenkins, and Dr. Jack McCarty, were recognized for their decades of first class research to improve cotton.


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