The 2009 Row Crop Short Course to be held at the Bost Extension Center on the campus of Mississippi State University Dec. 7-9.

Due to changes in the agricultural landscape in Mississippi over the past several growing seasons as well as grower diversification to multiple cropping systems, the traditional Cotton Short Course has been expanded to cover cotton, corn, and soybean.

Pre-registration is available on-line at: http://msucares.com/crops/cotton/short-course09/.

Pre-registration is free of charge until Nov. 20. Registration after Nov. 20, including at the door, will be $40.

The program will begin with lunch on Dec. 7 and will conclude at approximately 3 p.m. on Dec. 9.

Topics covered at the 2009 Row Crop Course will include: emerging issues with red banded stink bugs, introduction of new Bt traits in corn, controlling failed crop stands, weed resistance, nitrogen management, fertility issues in crop rotations, soybean seeding rates, nematode management, issues with Cercospera and Phomopsis, and grain storage as well as others.

Hands-on workshops will be held regarding crop growth stages, crop and weed response to herbicides, and grain grading.

Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) continuing education units (CEU) will be available.

Lunch will be provided each day of the Short Course. Additionally, a social event and steak dinner will be held (free of charge if pre-registered) at 6 p.m. at the Starkville Country Club on the evening of Dec. 8.

Any additional questions may be directed to Darrin Dodds, (662) 418-1024; Trey Koger (662) 207-1604; Erick Larson, (662) 418-7802; or Tammy Scott (662) 325-2311.