Mid-South cotton growers touring San Joaquin Valley in July

The Fresno BeeJuly 3, 2014 

Cotton producers from several Mid-South states will tour farming operations in the San Joaquin Valley starting July 14 as part of the National Cotton Council's 2014 Producer Information Exchange Program.

The program is sponsored by Bayer CropScience through a grant to The Cotton Foundation. In its 26th year, the goal of the program is to help cotton producers boost efficiency by learning from other cotton growers about best practices and use of technology.

Participating cotton farmers are coming from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

On July 14, the group will hear a presentation on California cotton issues from the California Cotton Ginners/Growers Association in Fresno; tour the Netafim drip irrigation plant; tour Don Cameron's Terra Nova Ranch in Helm and see other cotton operations in the Tranquillity area. Also during the week, the group will tour Gilkey Enterprises; other cotton operations in the Corcoran area; the Nichols Farms pistachio processing plant in Hanford and Jovie and Mark Rosa's cotton operation in Laton.

The group will visit the Quady Winery in Madera on July 16 before traveling to Los Banos for a tour of the Morning Star Tomato processing facility and a meeting with area cotton producers. The tour concludes July 17 with a look at the table grape harvest at Kirschemann Farms in Bakersfield and the Bayer CropScience research operations at the Shafter Research Center.

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