“Darrin is a first class Extension Specialist and he continues to support his clientele through local, state and regional meetings where he provides key information and recommendations from his applied research program,” Bayer continued. “Darrin is widely known for organizing excellent meetings that are well attended, regardless of the platform. The data that is generated from his program and the recommendations he makes to producers help to keep them profitable. That is the reason he is being recognized.”
Originally from Illinois, Dodds received his master’s degree in weed science from Purdue University and went on to receive his doctoral degree at Mississippi State University. He has now worked at MSU for six years and studies cotton variety performance, management, fertility, plant growth regulator use, irrigation management and weed control.
He is the coordinator of the annual Row Crop Short Course at Mississippi State University. Last month, the course offered three days of intensive agricultural education with a heavy focus on irrigation. Half of the day was spent on entomological issues in various row crops and the other half was spent on nutrient management and weed management issues.
“When I was at Mississippi State we offered a Cotton Short Course. At the time it just covered cotton and we had about 200 participants,” said Barber. “Darrin expanded the program to the Row Crop Short Course and received record attendance this year. There were more than 400 people at the meeting, which is the most ever.”
According to Barber, Dodds has focused in cotton variety management and performance over the years and has developed several publications that concentrate on
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