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Posts From Erick Larson, State Extension Specialist - Grain Crops

Mississippi Ag Industry Council – Row Crop Update

Mississippi Ag Industry Council – Row Crop Update

🕔17:58, 18.Jul 2018

We welcome you to attend the Row Crop Update at the 2018 Mississippi Agricultural Industry Council Annual Convention. This event is hosted at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama on Wednesday, July 25.

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When can I Safely Finish Irrigating my Corn?

When can I Safely Finish Irrigating my Corn?

🕔17:29, 13.Jul 2018

As the corn crop nears maturity, knowing when you can safely terminate irrigation timing, while optimizing yield potential is likely the most important decision you will face. In order to make this call, you need to know when the crop will reach maturity and how much moisture is present in your soil. This article outlines the steps needed to help make this process accurate and reliable.

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Why did the Kernels near the Ear Tip not Fill?

Why did the Kernels near the Ear Tip not Fill?

🕔15:01, 10.Jul 2018

Corn kernel set near the ear tip may vary considerably depending on a number of cultural and environmental factors. These kernels usually don’t fill because the plant can’t supply enough energy to support all of them. Therefore, if we want to improve our yields, we need to investigate reasons why kernel set is less than desired, so we can do better in the future.

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Southwestern Corn Borer Traps: July 6, 2018

Southwestern Corn Borer Traps: July 6, 2018

🕔09:25, 7.Jul 2018

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Identifying Corn Reproductive Growth Stages and Management Implications

Identifying Corn Reproductive Growth Stages and Management Implications

🕔08:13, 5.Jul 2018

Corn reproductive stages generally comprise nearly 60 days for corn hybrids grown in Mississippi at normal planting dates. Identification of these stages is critical for making prudent management decisions and anticipating crop response to practices and environmental conditions.

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Southwestern Corn Borer Traps: June 29, 2018

Southwestern Corn Borer Traps: June 29, 2018

🕔10:14, 30.Jun 2018

Southwestern corn borer trap counts were up this week in Coahoma county. As a reminder, our threshold for foliar sprays on non-Bt corn is to spray one week after trap counts exceed 100 per trap from tassel to full dent.

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Could Weather Limit Effectiveness of your “Tassel Shot” Application?

Could Weather Limit Effectiveness of your “Tassel Shot” Application?

🕔14:36, 25.May 2018

As the Mississippi corn crop approaches tassel stage, weather has fluctuated from dry to rainy conditions during recent weeks. Thus, how may this affect how the corn will respond to mid-season application of various management inputs, including nitrogen fertilizer or other products? This article will discuss factors that could dramatically affect corn response.

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Video – How to Identify Corn Vegetative Growth Stages

Video – How to Identify Corn Vegetative Growth Stages

🕔08:50, 21.May 2018

This is a video showing the methods used to determine the vegetative growth stages of corn or sorghum in the field. Further information can be found in the accompanying Mississippi Crop Situation blog article.

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How to Determine Growth Stages of Young Corn or Sorghum

How to Determine Growth Stages of Young Corn or Sorghum

🕔16:33, 18.May 2018

Vegetative growth stages of corn or sorghum are determined by counting the number of fully emerged leaves with leaf collars present. This methodology can be used to anticipate growth and determine appropriate timing of many management decisions, including herbicide application, sidedress fertilizer, etc….

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Reminder: 2018 Agronomic Scout School Dates

Reminder: 2018 Agronomic Scout School Dates Updated

🕔12:00, 18.May 2018

Mississippi State University will be hosting 2 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, and herbicide symptomology.

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When Should I Start Irrigating my Corn?

When Should I Start Irrigating my Corn?

🕔15:13, 15.May 2018

The drastic change in weather patterns has folks scrambling to get systems ready to irrigate and perhaps more anxiety than necessary regarding irrigation timing. Deciding when to start irrigating corn can be somewhat confusing, but this article focuses on those factors which will help you make that decision and help make more corn.

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2018 MSU Grain Sorghum Hybrid Suggestions

2018 MSU Grain Sorghum Hybrid Suggestions

🕔08:27, 10.May 2018

This article lists grain sorghum hybrids which have produced superior yields in the Mississippi Grain Sorghum Hybrid Trials and neighboring University trials. This information should improve your ability to select well-adapted sorghum hybrids for Mississippi based on independent performance testing.

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Tips for Planting High Yielding Corn

Tips for Planting High Yielding Corn

🕔13:19, 10.Mar 2018

Southern corn producers often face challenges during planting that can drastically affect the stand achieved and ultimately the productivity of the crop. This article provides guidelines and tips for having a successful planting season.

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2017 MSU Corn Hybrid Demonstration Program Summary

2017 MSU Corn Hybrid Demonstration Program Summary

🕔14:45, 1.Dec 2017

Selecting the best corn hybrids to plant next year is critical to the profitability of your farm. This article contains complete results of yields and plant characteristics evaluated in the 2017 MSU Corn Hybrid Demonstration trials grown throughout the state for your review.

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2018 MSU Short List of Suggested Corn Hybrids

2018 MSU Short List of Suggested Corn Hybrids

🕔15:45, 23.Oct 2017

This publication lists those corn hybrids which have demonstrated superior performance in the Mississippi Corn for Grain Hybrid Trials. No other source tests as many hybrids representing today’s market. Thus, this is a great starting point and barometer for you to judge hybrid performance and improve your ability to select the best hybrids for your farm.

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2017 Yield Summaries from the Corn Hybrid Demonstration Program

2017 Yield Summaries from the Corn Hybrid Demonstration Program

🕔11:36, 20.Oct 2017

Selecting the best corn hybrids to plant next year is critical to the profitability of your farm. This article contains yield summaries from the 2017 MSU Corn Hybrid Demonstration trials grown throughout the state for your review.

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2017 MSU Short List of Suggested Wheat Varieties

2017 MSU Short List of Suggested Wheat Varieties

🕔17:35, 21.Sep 2017

This publication lists those wheat varieties which have demonstrated superior productivity in the Mississippi Wheat and Oat Variety Trials and summarizes their characteristics. This independent information should help you better assess those varieties which are suited for your region.

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Burning Stalks – What does it Really Cost?

Burning Stalks – What does it Really Cost?

🕔09:03, 13.Sep 2017

After harvest, you immediately face management decisions which may have considerable effect on future productivity. Corn produces far more residue than most crops we are accustomed to, so it possesses considerable benefits, or may create anxiety depending upon how you view it. This article addresses the pro’s and con’s of crop residue and associated management options, including burning.

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How to Enhance Corn Harvest Efficiency and Success

How to Enhance Corn Harvest Efficiency and Success

🕔11:12, 12.Aug 2017

Corn harvest should pick up up when sunshine returns and muddy fields dry up. Understanding how weather and other factors affect grain drying, potential harvest losses, moisture dockage and storage issues can help improve your harvest efficiency and success.

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MS Agricultural Industry Council – Row Crop Update

MS Agricultural Industry Council – Row Crop Update

🕔22:41, 19.Jul 2017

You are welcome to attend the Row Crop Update at the Mississippi Agricultural Industry Council Conference. The conference is hosted at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama on Wednesday, July 26.

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Southwestern Corn Borer Trap Counts – July 14, 2017

Southwestern Corn Borer Trap Counts – July 14, 2017

🕔08:34, 15.Jul 2017

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Can I roll the Poly Pipe up on my Corn?

Can I roll the Poly Pipe up on my Corn?

🕔22:53, 11.Jul 2017

As the corn crop nears maturity, knowing when you can safely terminate irrigation timing, while optimizing yield potential is likely the most important decision you will face. In order to make this call, you need to estimate when the crop will reach maturity and how much moisture is present in your soil. This article outlines the steps needed to help make this process accurate and reliable.

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How Can I Estimate Corn Yield?

How Can I Estimate Corn Yield?

🕔11:07, 11.Jul 2017

Would you like to estimate your corn yield prior to the combine heading to the field? If you are willing to put in a little time, you can develop a reasonable yield estimate by following these guidelines.

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Southwestern Corn Borer Trap Counts – July 7, 2017

Southwestern Corn Borer Trap Counts – July 7, 2017

🕔19:08, 7.Jul 2017

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Southwestern Corn Borer Trap Counts – June 30, 2017

Southwestern Corn Borer Trap Counts – June 30, 2017

🕔08:20, 1.Jul 2017

Overall, southwestern corn borer trap numbers are increasing across the state. The thresholds in the control guide suggest treating 7 days after traps reach 50 moths for pre-tassel corn and 100 moths for tasseling corn. As a reminder, corn is safe

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