I have recently received a few call about slugs in corn and soybeans. I suspect this will increase when more crops emerge in the Hill region of the state as well. Slug problems usually start on corn first, then move to soybeans, then cotton in our area. This is only because we typically plant in this order. Slugs have been a sporadic problem in MS row crops over the years with increased occurrence since 2004. This has been exclusively a no-till or reduced till problem, particularly no-till behind a grass crop like corn or grain sorghum. Cool wet years are particularly favorable for slug problems to develop. . . . → Read More: As Crops Emerge, Slug Calls Start
Pipe Planner offered free to farmers! Delta Plastics is committed to reducing irrigation water use within the Mississippi Delta by 20 percent by the year 2020. Delta Plastics has offered to provide the company’s irrigation management software, Pipe Planner, free to all farmers. Pipe Planner is a user-friendly, web-based application designed to help farmers create the . . . → Read More: Now is the Time to Prepare for Pipe Planner!
Strong markets are driving Mississippi growers to plant a lot more grain sorghum than what could have been, considering the recent development of Sugarcane aphids as a threat to sorghum production. This article gives guidelines for getting your sorghum crop off to a good start. . . . → Read More: Grain Sorghum Planting and Seeding Recommendations
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Chief Economist (with collaboration from a number of USDA agencies) released their monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report today (April 9). At this stage the reports do not carry the level of excitement that we will get next month. By now, information pertaining to last year’s crop . . . → Read More: April Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates
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 major row crops, and fertilizer characteristics. CEU’s Provided: Nutrient Management = 1.5, Integrated Pest Management = 3, Crop Management = 1 . . . → Read More: 2015 Scout Schools Set for Mississippi
Much like the last 2-years, as rains delay corn planting progress, more concerns arise regarding whether you will have ample opportunity to plant your corn crop in a suitable time window. This article states new guidelines for late corn plantings based upon recent MSU research. . . . → Read More: Are We Going to Get this Corn Crop Planted?
Most weed management decisions in Mississippi soybean are based on managing glyphosate-resistant (GR) Palmer amaranth. . . . → Read More: Choices of Residual Herbicides in Mississippi Soybean
Although every major field crop we grow in Mississippi is responsive to at planting insect protection; field corn is perhaps the most consistent. Why is this? . . . → Read More: Seed Treatments, In-Furrow Sprays, and Granular Insecticides: What to do in Mississippi Field Corn
Updated 2015 Mississippi Grain Sorghum Enterprise Budget . . . → Read More: Updated 2015 Grain Sorghum Enterprise Budget
Wheat diseases can be observed in almost any wheat field throughout the season. However, when wheat moves beyond the tillering growth stages scouting for the presence of foliar diseases should be conducted. Many, but not all of the foliar disease encountered in MS can result in a yield loss. But, additional issues encountered in wheat fields can oftentimes be easily confused for foliar diseases. . . . → Read More: Wheat Diseases to be Mindful of During 2015