​​Adaption and Management of New Cultivars

March 2013 | 14 min., 06 sec.
by Darrin M. Dodds
Mississippi State University

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​Cotton varieties are being introduced at an unprecedented rate. Although varieties are being introduced quicker than ever before, the lifespan of a given variety is shorter than ever before as well. In addition, historically varieties have been tested for two to three years in the public sector prior to release. Currently varieties are generally tested for one year prior to release. Given the short lifespan of a variety combined with a rapid release, variety performance and management data are more critical now than ever before. To that end, an experiment was conducted at several locations across the Cotton Belt to evaluate the impact of irrigation and plant growth regulator application on cotton growth, development, and yield.

About the Presenter

Darrin M. DoddsDarrin M. Dodds received a BS in Agriculture with an emphasis on Agricultural Science from Western Illinois University in 1999. His graduate work included a MS degree in Botany and Plant Pathology with an emphasis on Weed Science from Purdue University in 2002 and a PhD in Agronomy with an emphasis on Weed Science from Mississippi State University in 2007. Dr. Dodds joined the faculty of Mississippi State University as an Assistant Extension Professor in 2007. He currently serves as an Associate Extension Professor - Extension Cotton Specialist for Mississippi. He conducts numerous research and demonstration trials each year on variety performance, weed control, fertility, plant growth regulators, and harvest aid application among others.

Contact Information:
Email: dmd76@pss.msstate.edu


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