The annual Extension Cotton Short Course, Dec. 4 - 6, at Mississippi State University is one place where these growers can get the latest in production recommendations and technology application from top Extension specialists, researchers and fellow farmers.

"We've had a lot of ups and downs in the cotton industry in the past few years, but for growers the show must go on. They know this country needs to be able to feed and clothe its people, and they want to be the best at doing that," said Will McCarty, Extension cotton specialist with Mississippi State.

"We've been having this program for 19 years and we strive to put the most information we can into three pretty intense days of presentations, panel discussions, poster sessions and one-on-one assistance if requested."

The program for the 2002 course includes sessions on cotton insect and weed control, fertility and irrigation, as well as a look at how available varieties performed in the 2002 season. The program also includes presentations on cotton fruiting characteristics and field performance of transgenic traits in cotton, fiber quality and its impact on market potential, the cotton loan and marketing program, pesticide application technology and spray drift prevention.

"We will have the latest and most up-to-date information on topics relevant and important to growers as they make decisions for the 2003 crop year," said McCarty. "And, we will have some of the Mid-South's top experts presenting this information."

Registration for the short course, which will be held at the Bost Extension Center, is $75 and will begin at 9 a.m. on Dec. 4. For registration information, call Charlotte Simmons at 662-325-2701 or email csimmons@pss.msstate.edu.