MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The National Cotton Council (NCC) has scheduled tour dates and locations for the 2023 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program.
Now in its 35th year, the program has enabled more than 1,200 U.S. cotton producers to go to Cotton Belt regions different than their own where they learn about their peers’ innovative production practices.
Sponsored by BASF through a grant to The Cotton Foundation, the P.I.E. program has a goal of helping U.S. cotton producers maximize production efficiency and improve yields and fiber quality by: 1) gaining new perspectives in such fundamental practices as land preparation, planting, fertilization, pest control, irrigation and harvesting; and 2) observing diverse farming practices and the unique ways in which other resourceful producers have adopted new and existing technology. A unique program benefit is that the participants get to interact with the producers they visit on the tours and with producers from their own region that they travel with during the week.
During the week of August 13-18, producers from the Southwest and West will see Mid-South farming operations in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The second tour, set for August 20-25, will enable Southeast and Mid-South producers to travel to the Southwest and observe farming operations in south Texas.
The NCC's Member Services staff, in conjunction with local producer interest organizations and BASF, conducts the P.I.E. program, including participant selection.