The Central Coast Cotton Conference will be celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, Nov. 27-29, at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa in Monterey, Calif.

Highlights for this year's meeting:

  • Three Key Sessions — Vital segments of the industry will be featured: Production and Agronomy, Technology and Techniques, and Industry Outlook.

  • New Harvesting Technology — John Deere and Case IH will present information on their new cotton harvesting technology. Now that the pickers have been in the fields for the first year, the meeting will provide a chance to find out what techniques have been adopted and what growers think about the new technology.

  • Key Speakers — John Pucheu, keynote speaker and chairman of the National Cotton Council; Tom Ruehr, a soil scientist from Cal Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo; Hal Moser, a cotton breeder; Kater Hake of Delta & Pine Land Company and Jane Deever of FiberMax, who will be discussing genetic advances in cotton physiology and fiber quality.

  • Mite Fax Live — A unique presentation will feature Mite Fax editor Owen Taylor drilling pest control advisors (PCAs) from across the San Joaquin Valley about important pest control issues. The featured PCAs are Nick Groenenberg, Dale Deshane and Chris Morgner.

The conference is the only California cotton production meeting of its kind. Attendees and supporters herald it as a great meeting and invaluable tool for the California cotton industry. Despite the great program, conference organizer Becky Zelinski said sponsorship support for the meeting has dwindled. She said sponsors and exhibitors are still needed for this year's meeting. If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, please call Becky at (805) 239-8200 or for more information about the conference, visit www.cottonconference.com.

Western Farm Press is the official conference publication.