I attended the 2021 Mississippi State University Row Crop Short Course at Mississippi State University in early December. Resistance management, ThryvOn cotton, Soil Moisture sensors were just a few high points I thought were popular among growers.
The three-day program featured research presentations from University scientists and farmers from across the region. Extension staff estimated more than 600 people were in attendance, with most of them being farmers from Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Resistance management for both weeds and insects was a recurring theme. Researchers shared data on performance technology in University trials.
I enjoyed the producer panel where growers discussed the pros and cons of soil moisture sensors. I had the pleasure of meeting Sledge Taylor, a Grain and Cotton Farmer from the North Mississippi Delta area. Taylor also served on the soil moisture farmer panel. Taylor said, “Over the past 40 years, farmers in the Mississippi Delta have put in more than 20,000 irrigation wells”. Taylor also added, “There is exponentially more irrigation taking place these days. Anything we can do to conserve that resource will be beneficial to the future of agriculture in our region.”
If you’re interested in listening to speakers from the short course, please click here.
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