NC Cotton Field Day

— Written By Curtis Fountain and last updated by
Duplin County Center
September 7, 2014
Duplin County Center
Wednesday, September 1010:00 am
East Carolina Ag & Extension Center, Rocky Mount

The East Carolina Ag & Extension Center is located at 1175 Kingsboro Road, Rocky Mount. Craig Brown (National Cotton Council) will provide a 10:00 am – 11:30 am presentation on the new Farm Bill.

The Field Day will then move to the nearby Upper Coastal Plains Research Station (2811 Nobles Mill Pond Road, Rocky Mount). Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon with sponsor visitation until 1:30 pm Field Tours will be held from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm. The 3 rotating tours include the following topics: Tour 1 – variety/herbicide system, foliar potassium & fungicide options, extended release nitrogen use, soybean & sorghum as replacement crops following a failed cotton crop, Tour 2 – thrips management, varieties, defoliation management, tillage options, Tour 3 – preplant burndown & preemergence herbicides, management of the palmer amaranth soil seed bank.

Closing remarks, door prizes, and ice cream will conclude the Field Day at 4:30 pm. For additional details, visit

Cotton Transition Payments

Please note the following August 19 message from Dr. Michele Marra, NCSU Extension Ag & Resource Economics Specialist.

The cotton transition payments enrollment period for growers who had cotton base in 2013 began August 11 and ends October 7.  The payments will equal 60% of 2013 base payments in 2014 and 30.6% in 2015 in those counties where the STAX program is not available. All applications for the cotton transition payments that are approved by October 1 will get a slightly higher payment than those approved after October 1.
Remind farmers who want to change/update their base acres for the commodity program that they should do so. Cotton base will be changed to “generic” base and can be planted to any crop.  If it is planted to a program crop, then it will be eligible for all payments to program crop acres.  Producers may want to consider updating their base
if their crop mix has changed since the last base updating opportunity.  They must go to their county FSA office to update their base.
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Photo of Curtis FountainCurtis FountainExtension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops (910) 296-2143 (Office) curtis_fountain@ncsu.eduDuplin County, North Carolina
Posted on Sep 8, 2014
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