Carolina & Virginia Producers Tour Mid-South Farms

Ten southeastern cotton producers toured mid-south farms in Louisiana and Mississippi as part of the National Cotton Council’s Producer Information Exchange Program. Dr. Michael Robinson with Bayer CropScience based in Leland, Mississippi, Eastern Research Manager for Cotton…

“Its an opportunity for growers in different regions to visit alternate regions to learn the differences and similarities between and what different growers are facing.”

Some of the aspects of farming in the mid-south will be similar says Robinson, but others will be different:

“There are a lot of similarities between the mid south and the Carolina regions because of temperatures and humidity. And a lot of different microbe environments because of different soil types.”

Many stops on the tour involve the east coast producers talking one-on-one with mid-south producers says Robinson:

“A large part of the tour was spent traveling around and visiting with different local growers. We wanted them to meet and discuss farming techniques so they can hear what practices are being done.”

One of the primary topics for growers from North Carolina and Virginia is nematode pressure. While not a problem in cotton now, Robinson explains that could change:

“Some of the differences are disease pressures that we face that are not prevalent in the Carolinas. One of the biggest things is the nematode pressure, but we have had it for several years, and with the loss of temic being applied, what other options are available.”

Producers on the tour also tour the Bayer facilities in Mississippi explains Robinson:

“A lot of times the growers interact with salesman and technical people, this provides an opportunity to see where everything truly starts with the breeding program and the effots and time frame. I hope that lets them know the time it takes for varieties to get to market, we are looking at a decade to do that.”

Brad Monahan of Waverly, Virginia, as well as Josh Asby of Pantego, North Carolina, Justin Boyd of Pinetown, Hill Homewood of Raleigh, Rickie Leggett of Windsor and Gerald Tyner Jr. of Elm City, NC were just a few of the participants from this area. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.