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MAFES researchers write for cotton books
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Two Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station researchers helped compile a reference book series on various aspects of cotton production.
Charles Snipes and Aubrey Harris were authors and editors in the Cotton Foundation Reference Book Series, published by the Cotton Foundation, an affiliate of the National Cotton Council. Snipes co-authored three chapters and was one of two editors for the edition on harvest management. Harris co-authored a chapter on boll weevil eradication in Mississippi, and he was one of six editors for the edition on boll weevil eradication.
"We tried to write in terms that would be beneficial to a large group, including university researchers, consultants and growers," Snipes said.
Cotton Harvest Management: Use and Influence of Harvest Aids is book five of the series, and it is based on five years of research conducted in 11 to 15 locations across the Cotton Belt. Data from this research was used to substantiate the harvest aid management procedures discussed. Snipes, plant physiologist and research professor of weed science at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, worked on this book.
Harris worked with James Smith, head of MSU's Delta Research and Extension Center, to write a chapter about boll weevil eradication in Mississippi. The chapter appears in book six of the series, titled Boll Weevil Eradication in the United States since 1999.
The book emphasizes the people, places and events in the boll weevil eradication story.
"The audience will be researchers, Extension specialists and agents, policy makers interested in the boll weevil eradication program and its application to future regional programs, and many growers," Harris said. "This is probably the biggest region-wide pest management program that has ever been implemented."
The Southeastern Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation named Harris to the committee of six who organized and edited the book. Since 1995, Harris has been chairman of the Mississippi Boll Weevil Eradication Technical Advisory Committee. He is an entomologist and research professor of entomology at the Delta Research and Extension Center.
The Cotton Foundation released these reference books in December 2001.
Contact: Dr. Charles Snipes and Dr. Aubrey Harris, (662) 686-9311