Mississippi State University’s Extension Service will host its annual Row Crop Short Course on Dec. 2-4 at the Bost Extension Center on the campus. Online registration is available at: //msucares.com/rowcrops/shortcourse/index.html.
Pre-registration is free until Nov. 29 at which time the fee increases to $40.
The Short Course will begin on the morning of Dec. 2 with an irrigation workshop that will be led by Dr. Jason Krutz. He and his colleagues will share data and experiences with sensor-based irrigation scheduling and other methods of water conservation from the 2013 crop season.
In addition, the university will host the On-Target Application Academy, which offers more specific information on pesticide application and reducing off-target movement.
Other topics at the event will include: weed resistance, fertility issues in crop production and management of key insect pests in multiple cropping systems.
Lunch will be provided each day of the Short Course. Additionally, a social mixer and fish fry will be held on the evening of Dec. 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Starkville. A steak/shrimp dinner also is on the schedule for Dec. 3 at the same hotel. All meals are provided free of charge if attendees pre-register prior to Nov. 29.
For more information, contact Kathy Johnson at (662) 325-2701.
Cotton Board Approves Budget For 2014
The Cotton Board has reviewed and approved Cotton Incorporated’s proposed 2014 budget of $80 million and forwarded it to the Secretary of Agriculture. The action was taken at the organization’s recent annual meeting in Louisville, Ky.
The Cotton Board elected Gary Ross as its chairman for 2013/2014. Ross, an importer from Yardley, Pa., is vice president of Global Fashion and Home Supply Chain for the New York-based company, Avon Products, Inc.
Other new officers are: producer David Grant (Garysburg, N.C.), producer Aaron Barcellos (Los Banos, Calif.) and importer Janet Ydavoy (Feasterville, Pa.).
The organization’s proposed budget represents a 3.6 percent decrease from the 2013 funding level.