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2021 Cotton Focus Video Series: Cotton Diseases ‘Across the Fence’ by Dr. Bob Kemerait

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I’m extremely excited to introduce the presenter for our third segment of the 2021 Cotton Focus Video Series- Dr. Bob Kemerait, Professor and Extension Specialist for the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia.  Dr. Kemerait’s program covers corn, cotton, peanuts and soybeans for the state of Georgia. As many of you know, Georgia cotton growers are faced with big challenges every year, including boll rot, Bacterial blight, Cotton leafroll dwarf virus, Fusarium wilt, nematodes, Target spot, Areolate mildew and seedling diseases.  Dr. Kemerait’s program guides his growers through each of these challenges.  While we face our own unique challenges, I always find it beneficial to learn about challenges faced by other regions and I believe understanding these issues from other perspectives makes us better at producing within our own environment.

On behalf of Dr. Heather Kelly and myself, special thanks to Dr. Kemerait for taking the time out of his extremely busy schedule to deliver this presentation.  I should also add, Dr. Kemerait is on Twitter.  I thoroughly enjoy following his profile- his posts are very informative and often entertaining; who else do you know that has video of a turtle eating a cotton plant?  You can find his profile here.

Dr. Kemerait’s presentation is linked below:

Again, thank you Dr. Kemerait!


Corn Diseases and Fungicides

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