Cotton producers tour ENC farms

PITT COUNTY, NC (WITN) A group touring eastern North Carolina is learning valuable information when it comes to farming.

Six Mid-South and four Western cotton producers will see cotton and other agricultural operations in Virginia and North Carolina on their five day tour.

The event is sponsored by Bayer through a grant to the Cotton Foundation.

The National Cotton Council's Producer Information Exchange is now in its 31st year and has exposed nearly 1,200 U.S. cotton producers to innovative production practices in cotton belt regions different than their own.

The program aims to help the cotton producer participants boost their farming efficiency by gaining new perspectives in such fundamental practices as land preparation, planting, fertilization, pest control, irrigation and harvesting; and observing firsthand how their innovative peers are using current technology.

On Wednesday the group saw cotton and tobacco production at J.P. Davenport and Son Farms in Pactolus before touring Bayer's breeding facility in Mount Olive.

Participants plan to use some of the things they learned on the tour on their farms.