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MSU-DREC Rice Field Day – July 30, 2015

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The MSU-DREC Rice Producer Field Day will be held in conjunction with the annual Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Summer Rice Grower Meeting this year on the afternoon of July 30 at the Capps Center in Stoneville..  The Farm Bureau meeting will begin with lunch at noon, followed by the program beginning at 1 pm.  Guest speakers . . . → Read More: MSU-DREC Rice Field Day – July 30, 2015

Reminder: Scout Schools Start Next Week

Mississippi State University will be hosting 5 scout schools this year. We have transitioned over the years to make these trainings much more diverse than insect pest alone. This year we will be including insects, disease, fertility, weed identification, and herbicide systems. There will be numerous hands on displays of insects, weeds, nutrient deficiencies in all . . . → Read More: Reminder: Scout Schools Start Next Week

Mixed Bag of Early Season Caterpillar Defoliators in Soybean

Over the last couple of weeks I have had numerous calls about caterpillar pest in young soybeans. Most of these have been concerning beans that are still in the vegetative stages (V2-V5). The species that are being found are bollworm, yellowstriped armyworm, green cloverworm, granulated cutworm, alfalfa caterpillar, cabbage looper, garden webworm, and yellowstriped armyworm. . . . → Read More: Mixed Bag of Early Season Caterpillar Defoliators in Soybean

Soybean Planting Progress

Although the 2015 planting season started out slow, tremendous progress has been made to get this year’s crop growing. According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, 79% of the soybean acreage is planted as of the week ending May 17, 2015. At this time, 60% of the crop is emerged. This puts us . . . → Read More: Soybean Planting Progress

Identification of Sealing Soils

Surface sealing in the Mississippi Delta typically occurs in soils that have a low clay and organic matter content but have a high silt fraction, i.e., most of our silt loam soils. Surface sealing, from an irrigation management standpoint, is problematic because it can drastically reduce rainfall or irrigation infiltration rates. Following is a list of . . . → Read More: Identification of Sealing Soils

Moisture Sensor’s Role in Irrigation Initiation.

Last week Dr. Eric Larson wrote an excellent article dealing with corn irrigation initiation.  At that time, a few growers had already begun to irrigate.  Dr. Larson stressed the importance of accurately assessing soil moisture verses leaf wilting when determining irrigation initiation.  The role of soil moisture sensors in determining when to initiate irrigation is proving . . . → Read More: Moisture Sensor’s Role in Irrigation Initiation.

Row Crop Technology Showcases – June 16, 17, 24, and July 16

A series of field days will be held throughout Mississippi in 2015 which will highlight crops with new and developing herbicide and insect trait technologies.  Field days will be held at the following locations:

Dundee, MS – Douglas and Chris Hood Farms – June 16 (afternoon)

Stoneville, MS – MSU Delta Research and Extension Center – June 17 . . . → Read More: Row Crop Technology Showcases – June 16, 17, 24, and July 16

Cotton Planting Progress

Well over half of the 2015 cotton crop has been planted and a large proportion of that amount is up to a good stand.  Areas in the north Delta received rainfall over the past weekend and some earlier this week.  However, as you move south from Clarksdale toward Greenwood and Yazoo City many folks are either . . . → Read More: Cotton Planting Progress

Mississippi Cotton – New Yield Record in 2014

Mississippi cotton growers produced a tremendous crop in 2014.  The USDA recently revised production statistics for Mississippi and Mississippi growers once again set a new yield record.  Averaged over the entire state, Mississippi produced 1232 pounds of lint per acre which exceeds the previous yield record (from 2013) by 29 pounds per acre.  Since 2001, Mississippi . . . → Read More: Mississippi Cotton – New Yield Record in 2014

When Should I Start Irrigating My Corn?

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The recent stretch of dry weather has prompted much conversation about the proper time to initiate irrigation for corn. This scenario usually generates a lot more anxiety than necessary because early season wilting is certainly not something we are very accustomed to. . . . → Read More: When Should I Start Irrigating My Corn?