Georgia Cotton Commission’s research investment for FY/CY 2013

Following the Commission’s budget meeting, it’s business as usual with a constant stream of work, activities and investment in our producer-funded programs of research, promotion and education.  Through growers’ support, the Commission administers the research program while working closely with The University of Georgia Extension/research faculty and Cotton Incorporated.  Valuable information and data gathered from the projects conducted on the latest technologies and crop management methods are then disseminated to growers through the Commission’s education program. 

The Commission’s intent, through our programs is to enable growers to learn more cost-efficient production strategies for higher yields and high quality.  Each year, the Commission typically invests about $600,000 toward comprehensive research projects.  For this year, the Commission approved funding the new cotton physiologist position that was filled by Dr. John Snider, as of April 1, 2012.  We are also very fortunate to have a premier team of Extension and university scientists working on our growers’ behalves. 

Research projects to be conducted during fiscal and calendar year 2013 (July 1, 2012 through December 31, 2013), are in place as determined by the review, evaluation and funding approval process.  This is carried out by the Commission’s board, Research Advisory Committee, Advisory Council and Cotton Incorporated’s State Support Committee. 

Following are the projects approved for funding in this period:

  1. Extension Cotton Team FY13 Grant Request – Guy D. Collins, Jared Whitaker – $91,600
  2. Managing Glyphosate-Resistant Palmer amaranth in Georgia Cotton – Stanley Culpepper – $39,000
  3. Development of Diagnostic Markers for Root-Knot Nematode Resistant Genes in Cotton; A Valuable Tool for Breeding Nematode Resistance Cultivars – Peng W. Chee  – $19,500
  4. Breeding Georgia-Adapted Cotton Germplasm and Cultivars with Emphasis on Root-Knot Nematode Resistance – Peng W. Chee – $39,294
  5. Multi-Location Subsurface Drip Irrigation Cultivar Performance – Guy Collins (on behalf of John Snider) – $70,000
  6. Fertilization and Cover Crop Interactions for Strip-Till Cotton Production – R. Scott Tubbs, Toews – $10,000
  7. Improving Cotton Production in Georgia With Proper Variety Selection and Production Management Decisions – Jared Whitaker – $35,000
  8. Evaluation of Performance, Growth, and Fruiting Characteristics of New Cotton Varieties, and Quantifying Potential Production Risks of Up and Coming Technologies – Guy D. Collins – $35,000
  9. Conservation, Profitability, and Policy: Funding Economic Research and Education in Production, Policy, and Risk Management – Don Shurley – $8,500
  10. Herbicide Resistant Palmer Amaranth:  Ecology and Physiology – William K. Vencill – $6,000
  11. A Holistic Solution to Using Soil Moisture Data for Scheduling Irrigation – Georgia Vellidis – $30,000
  12. Insecticide Resistance Monitoring of Heliothines in Cotton – Greg Payne – $20,500
  13. Interactions of Thrips and Spider Mites in Cotton – John R. Ruberson – $18,490
  14. Chemical & Cultural Control Options for Managing Thrips, Short-Horned Grasshoppers, and Other Early Season Pests  in Conservation Tillage Using  Roundup Ready and Liberty Link Cotton – John All – $8,000
  15. Managing Seedling Plant Stresses in a Modern Production Environment – Michael Toews – $12,000
  16. Categorize Trash Types in Cotton Using Hyper-Spectral Imaging (H.S.I.) Technology – Changying Li – $20,000
  17. Yield and Quality of Cotton Fertilized Via Subsurface Drip Irrigation – Calvin Perry – $12,000
  18. Evaluating New Alleles Conferring Improved Fiber Quality in Georgia Cottons – Andrew Paterson – $36,500
  19. Cotton Physiologist – Donn Shilling

Please direct questions regarding the research program to GCC Executive Director Richey Seaton at or call 478.988.4235.


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