MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss. — Cotton growers and consultants can get the latest in production recommendations from top agricultural specialists, economists and researchers Dec. 8-9 at the Mississippi State University Extension Service’s 21st annual Cotton Short Course.

“We’ve had a lot of variability within the cotton crop this year, but it looks like we will come close to, if not beat, the record yield set last year,” said Tom Barber, MSU Extension cotton specialist. “Emphasis in past years has been on varieties that produce high yields. Now and in the future, the main focus will revolve around quality and yield to help in selling the crop.”

Barber said one session on the second morning will focus strictly on quality cotton production. Key speakers will discuss quality from variety selection and management to the textile mills.

The cotton short course will be held at the Bost Extension Center on the MSU campus. While the deadline for the $60 preregistration is Dec. 3, participants can register for $80 at the door. However, to insure a plate at the luncheon, contact Emily Rose in advance at 662-325-2701 or by e-mail at erose@pss.msstate.edu.

The 2004 program includes sessions on cotton varieties, fertility, insect and disease management, irrigation and water management, weed control and market considerations. Continuing education units will be offered.