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New Mexico Cotton Conference Scheduled Feb. 21 in Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES -- Cotton growers can learn more about two insect pests, the boll weevil and pink bollworm, during the first New Mexico Cotton Conference Feb. 21 at the Las Cruces Hilton.

"The motivation for the conference really came from the producers," said Shane Ball, agronomist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. "Since we know we have a pest situation, we'd like to have a conference aimed at production issues now, before spring planting."

The all-day event, sponsored by Extension, will highlight the current boll weevil situation in New Mexico. Representatives from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will explain each organization's role in monitoring boll weevil.

Speakers will discuss two methods of controlling cotton pests: cultural practices that can reduce insect populations, such as plowing under crop residue, and chemical sprays.

Other conference topics will include pink bollworm biology and control, weed control and cotton production costs. The New Mexico Pest Management Association will hold a panel discussion and present a pest status report. The lunch speaker will be Jerry Calvani, president of the International Cotton Council.

Pre-registration costs $20 before Feb. 16. Mail checks to the New Mexico Cotton Conference, 150 W. Lohman, Las Cruces, NM 88005. Registration at the door is $25 and begins at 7:30 a.m.

The Las Cruces Hilton will offer special room rates to conference participants.

For more information, contact Javier Vargas at (505) 525-6649 or Bealquin Gomez at (505) 646-4543.