The wait to get the San Joaquin Valley Pima and Acala cotton crops was agonizing, but it may have been worth it.

Rain and cold weather delayed seeding most of the valley’s 600,000 acres of cotton until well into May. However, the weather went from winter to summer virtually overnight and most of the valley’s estimated 300,000 acres of Pima and 300,000 acres of Acala/Upland was seeded in a week and emerged in a week.

Fresno County PCA Jim Hall of Hall Agronomics said in a recent Mite Fax, “This is going to be one of the best starts we’ve ever had, even if it’s late. The whole crop was planted in a week, and it all came up within a week of that, then only took another week to make first true leaf. We’ve had some really nice growing weather.

How to maximize this good, late start will be part of the presentation University of California Extension Cotton Specialist Bob Hutmacher will make May 23 at the Pima Production Summit at the Visalia Convention Center, Visalia, Calif.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. with the first speaker at 9.

The conference is free. No advance registration necessary, but lunch reservations are requested by e-mailing hcline@farmpress.com

Summit sponsors are Western Farm Press, Supima, California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations and University of California.

Here is the full program.

8 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

9 a.m. Welcome by Harry Cline, Editor, Western Farm Press.

9:05-- Marketing and Promotion Efforts of Supima; World Market and Production Analysis (Jesse Curlee and Marc Lewkowitz, Supima)

9:25 Roller Gin Capacity and New Gin Developments (Earl Williams, California Cotton Growers and Ginners Association)

9:35 Market and Acreage Outlook (Jeff Elder, Vice Chairman, Supima Board; Vice President, Marketing, J.G. Boswell Company)

9:55 a.m. Coffee Break, Visit Sponsors Tables

Production Presentations

Moderator: Steve Wright, Tulare County, UCCE Farm Advisor

10:15 Pima Production Practice Strategies: PGR use, Irrigation - Comparisons with Acala Production (Bob Hutmacher, UCCE Shafter)

10:35 Plant Mapping Tools and Hardware (Brian Marsh, UCCE Shafter REC and UCCE Kern County)

10:45 Field Performance and Evaluations of Insect Management Strategies – Pima Evaluations (Peter Goodell, UC-IPM program and UC Kearney Ag Center; Larry Godfrey, UCCE and UC Davis Entomology)

11:15 USDA Cotton Genetics Program Efforts – USDA (Mauricio Ulloa and Richard Percy, USDA-ARS Shafter, Calif. and Maricopa, Ariz.)

11:40 UC And Consultants Panel – Discussion of Survey of Knowledge Base for Pima Production and Research Needs (Pete Goodell and others)

12:30 Lunch, Keynote Speaker: Robert Jacobson, Sales Manager, Shara-Tex Vernon, Calif.

The regularly scheduled meeting of the San Joaquin Valley Cotton Board will immediately follow the Pima Production Summit

Financial support for this year’s Pima Summit is provided by:

Delta & Pine Land Co, Dunavant of California, Western Farm Service, AMVAC, Barkley of California, Calcot, Case IH, Cerexagri, Dow AgroSciences, Micro Flo Co., Monsanto, Wilbur-Ellis, Valent, Western Cotton Shippers, Pacific Pima Gin Co., Jess Smith & Sons, CPCSD, Chemtura.