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Row Crops Short Course Set for December

Row Crops Short Course Set for December

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is working with Auburn University’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences to bring Alabama farmers the Row Crops Short Course. The short course will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center Dec. 12 and 13.

The First Row Crops Short Course

Previously, Alabama Extension faculty and agents brought producers the corn and wheat short course. However this year, faculty and specialists are working across production lines to provide farmers with the latest research and information.

Dr. Brenda Ortiz, an Alabama Extension precision agriculture specialist, said the short course will be packed with information producers can implement on their operations.

“In past years Alabama Extension put on the corn and wheat short course,” she said. “In an effort to better serve the producers in Alabama, we have added information on peanuts, soybeans, sesame and cotton. There will also be an update on cotton policy and the Farm Bill.”

Ortiz said sessions will run concurrently, so farmers can attend presentations that best fit their operations.

The Row Crop Short Course will feature speakers from the University of Georgia, Mississippi State University, Auburn University, the University of Florida, North Carolina State University and Clemson University.  In addition, other speakers include representatives from USDA-ARS, the United Soybean Board, Cotton Incorporated, Bunge North America and the National Cotton Council and the Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee.

Alabama Extension cotton specialist Dr. Trey Cutts, said he and his colleagues have worked hard to bring in speakers that are leaders in their fields from around the region and country.

“Much of the work that our colleagues in other states conduct is also very valuable to Alabama growers, and this short course is the opportunity to hear from and interact with these professionals right here in Auburn,” said Cutts, who is an assistant professor in Auburn University’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences. “This course also creates an environment for peers in the row crop industry to learn from one another to benefit farming in Alabama.”

Row Crop Short Course Topics

Policy and Environment
  • Alabama Water Policy (William Puckett)
  • Cotton Policy and the Next Farm Bill (Reece Langley)
  • The Uneven Journey of Supply and Demand (Jody Lefcourt)
  • Neonicotinoid Pesticides and Bees: More Questions Than Answers (Geoffrey Williams)
  • Does Fertilizing Peanuts by Yield Goal Make Sense? (Glenn Harris)
  • Growth Regulators and Nitrogen Rescue Treatments in Peanuts (Jason Sarver)
  • Evaluation of Auburn University Peanut Breeding Program (Charles Chen)
  • We’re Not Waiting 30 days Anymore: An Update on Disease Management Options for Peanuts (Bob Kemerait)
  • Crop Rotation and Plant Stand Research in Peanut – Benefits and Challenges (Scott Tubbs)
Weed Management/Fertilization/Water Use
  • Weed Management Systems in the Age of Auxin Technology (Stanley Culpepper)
  • Strategies to Improve Water-Use Efficiency for Southeastern Crops (Diane Rowland)
  • Economics of Cover Crops in Alabama (Leah Duzy)
  • Update on the Cotton Industry Efforts for Increasing Sustainability (Ed Barnes)
  • Managing Cotton Production Inputs for the Bottom Line (Darrin Dodds)
  • Fertilizing Cotton by Yield Goal – Fact or Fiction (Glenn Harris)
  • Mitigating Bollworm Resistance in Cotton: New Traits or New Management? (Dominic Reisig)
  • Important Diseases of Soybean, both Old and New (Tom Allen)
  • New Traits and Technology to Improve Soybean: A Progress Report of Public Research and Development (Kelly Whiting)
  • Development of Insect Resistance to Bt Corn (Francis Reay-Jones)
  • Impact of Row Spacing on Corn Yield (Brien Henry)
  • Update on Best Management Strategies for Corn Production in Alabama (Brenda Ortiz)
  • Stresses and Factors Impacting Wheat Growth and Development (Mohamed Mergoum)
  • Best Management Practices for Sesame Production in the Southeast (Diane Rowland)

“The Alabama Row Crop Short Course is an excellent opportunity for producers to come and expand their row crop knowledge with researchers on the cutting edge of agricultural technology, and to interact with industry representatives,” said Ortiz, who is an associate professor in Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences.


Continuing education units and pesticide points will be available for all attendees. Click here for the full agenda. Alabama Row Crops Short Course Schedule_Dec 12 & 13. Click to register here. There is no registration fee, but registration by Nov. 30 is required.

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