Sugarcane Beetle Reported in Sweetpotato.

Sugarcane Beetle Reported in Sweetpotato.

🕔14:24, 27.Sep 2013

This week marked the first reported appearances of sugarcane beetles in sweetpotato fields in Mississippi for the 2013 growing season.  The sugarcane beetle is a relatively new pest of sweetpotato in Mississippi.  However, in recent years, heavy sugarcane beetle populations

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Mississippi Kudzu Bug Update: 9/27/2013

Mississippi Kudzu Bug Update: 9/27/2013

🕔11:27, 27.Sep 2013

Since the last update several new counties have been added to the list in MS. Currently we 33 counties positive for Kudzu Bugs. Out of the 33 counties, 21 have positive finds in soybeans.

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Soybean Viruses Cause Important Diseases too

Soybean Viruses Cause Important Diseases too

🕔09:21, 27.Sep 2013

Virus-infected soybean material has been observed almost statewide this season. The high numbers of bean leaf beetles can be blamed for some of the observed viruses; however, bean leaf beetles are not the only insects that can vector soybean viruses between plants. This specific blog update presents information on the three most commonly encountered soybean viruses in the MS soybean production system.

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2013 MSU Short List of Suggested Wheat Varieties

2013 MSU Short List of Suggested Wheat Varieties

🕔12:30, 24.Sep 2013

This publication lists those wheat varieties which have demonstrated superior productivity in the MSU Wheat and Oat Variety Trials and summarizes their characteristics. This impartial information should help you better assess wheat varieties and pick those suited for your farm this season.

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Crop Market Update – Sept 20, 2013

🕔15:42, 21.Sep 2013

Cereal Grains & Soybeans (by: Brian Williams) The September prevented planting acreage report was released by the FSA earlier this week. While the report did not contain many surprises with only minor changes from last month’s report, it does indicate that

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Soybean Disease Update: September 21, 2013

Soybean Disease Update: September 21, 2013

🕔15:25, 21.Sep 2013

Soybean disease questions still consider to be raised throughout MS. Even though soybean rust has been detected in 45 counties to date it appears we will have another season where yield losses as a result of soybean rust will be extremely limited and may only have occurred in a handful of fields. When making plans for next year consider sampling for nematodes in light textured soil classes. In addition, planting a frogeye susceptible variety in several years in a continuous soybean system may increase the likelihood of frogeye causing substantial yield loss.

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Harvest Aid Options in Soybean

Harvest Aid Options in Soybean

🕔08:53, 20.Sep 2013

While weeds can create problems for harvest equipment, many producers see the benefit of a harvest aid in creating a more rapid and efficient harvest in the absence of weeds

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2013 Cotton Varieties Planted Report

2013 Cotton Varieties Planted Report

🕔17:17, 18.Sep 2013

The United States Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Marketing Service recently released their 2013 cotton varieties planted report.  Based on their numbers, ST 5458 B2F, ST 5288 B2F, DP 0912 B2RF, and PHY 499 WRF were the four most popular

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Managing Late Season Stink Bugs in Mississippi Soybean

Managing Late Season Stink Bugs in Mississippi Soybean

🕔17:44, 14.Sep 2013

Over the last month we have had numerous questions about terminating stink bug applications in late season soybeans. Typically we manage stink bugs until near harvest but there are several things to consider before making an application to control stink bugs in beans beyond R6 growth stage.

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Market Update – Sept. 13, 2013

🕔11:54, 14.Sep 2013

Cereal Grains & Soybeans (by: Brian Williams) The big news this week is yesterday’s WASDE report release (recap here). While many were expecting corn yields to be revised lower this month, yields were actually revised higher to 155.3 bu/acre. This was bearish

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Stubble Burning after Fall Fertilization – Am I Ok?

Stubble Burning after Fall Fertilization – Am I Ok?

🕔08:44, 13.Sep 2013

A common question that I have received from numerous consultants over the last several days is as follows.  Hey don’t hammer me, but what happens if we mistakenly burned our corn stubble after we spread fall mixed good fertilizer and

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Storing Harvested Corn and what to Expect from High-Moisture Corn

Storing Harvested Corn and what to Expect from High-Moisture Corn

🕔11:45, 11.Sep 2013

Numerous questions have come in over the past few weeks regarding proper grain storage. Maintaining moisture below 15% is extremely important to reduce the likelihood of fungal growth. However, not all fungi that develop on harvested grain are problematic and toxin production is not something that can occur overnight. Even though fungi such as Aspergillus flavus can produce a green fungal growth on harvested grain not all fungi that grow on grain can be considered to be A. flavus.

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Determining When to Defoliate the 2013 Cotton Crop

🕔15:29, 6.Sep 2013

It has often been said that cotton defoliation is more art than science.  This thought is further nurtured when harvest aids perform differently under seemingly similar conditions.  As with any pesticide application, many factors come into play when determining harvest

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A Critical Look at Sweetpotato Yield

A Critical Look at Sweetpotato Yield

🕔14:45, 6.Sep 2013

Yields for most Mississippi sweetpotato growers are anticipated to be on par with expectations.  However, growers not content with their yields should take a critical look at the vines that ride up the front of the digger- each one tells

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Sudden Death Syndrome Look Alike Part I: Red Crown Rot

Sudden Death Syndrome Look Alike Part I: Red Crown Rot

🕔10:48, 5.Sep 2013

Red crown rot has been identified in additional fields in east MS throughout the 2013 season. Prior to 2013 only two counties had been identified as having red crown rot. However, three additional counties have been added this season (Clay, Newton, Union). Red crown rot symptoms can be misdiagnosed as several other diseases, including sudden death syndrome (SDS).

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Soybean Irrigation Termination

🕔09:10, 4.Sep 2013

Determining when to terminate irrigation in soybean can be difficult. When making this decision, the goal is to make sure that adequate soil moisture is available to ensure that the soybean seeds reach maximum size. Terminating irrigation too soon can

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