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Posts From Stephen Meyers, Sweetpotato Extension Specialist

Sweetpotato Field Day- August 31st (Pontotoc, MS)

Sweetpotato Field Day- August 31st (Pontotoc, MS)

🕔09:13, 25.Aug 2017

MSU field day showcases sweet potato research By Ms. Keri Collins Lewis MSU Extension Service PONTOTOC, Miss. — Sweetpotato producers, crop consultants, agricultural industry representatives and the general public will learn about ongoing Mississippi State University sweetpotato research and outreach

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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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Two Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Sweetpotatoes and Auxin Herbicides

Two Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Sweetpotatoes and Auxin Herbicides

🕔11:37, 16.Jun 2017

With increasing utilization of auxin herbicide-tolerant cotton and soybeans, sweetpotato growers have concerns about drift and off-target movement of dicamba and 2,4-D applications into commercial sweetpotato fields.  In this blog entry I answer two of the most common questions I

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Auxin Herbicide Technology Field Day

Auxin Herbicide Technology Field Day

🕔09:07, 23.May 2017

PONTOTOC, Miss. — Row crop producers can learn best practices for adding auxin herbicides to their weed control tool box at a field day June 29. The Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will

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Winter Sweetpotato Production Meeting- Thursday March 9 (Houston, MS)

🕔12:43, 1.Mar 2017

2017 Winter Sweetpotato Production Meeting March 9, 2017 Thorn Community Center, CR 37, Houston, MS 5:30 P.M.        Registration. 6: 00 P.M.       Welcome and opening remarks-  Stephen Meyers, MSU-North MS Research and Extension Center (Pontotoc) 6:15 P.M.        Meal sponsored by ENTECH

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2016 Sweetpotato Field Day Program Now Available!

2016 Sweetpotato Field Day Program Now Available!

🕔10:10, 15.Aug 2016

The 2016 Sweetpotato Field Day will be held at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station (8320 Hwy 15 S., Pontotoc, MS) on Wednesday August 24th.  Registration begins at 8 AM, the program runs from 8:30 AM through lunch.  Breakfast and

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Cover Crop Turn Row Talk- Thursday March 31, 2016 (Pontotoc, MS)

Cover Crop Turn Row Talk- Thursday March 31, 2016 (Pontotoc, MS)

🕔13:08, 23.Mar 2016

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GAPs/GHPs Training- March 18, 2016 (Pittsboro, MS)

🕔09:33, 14.Mar 2016

Good Agricultural and Handling Practices for Producers of Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, and Nuts Training-   A Certificate Program   When: March 18, 2016 Time:  9:30 am-12:00 pm Where: Calhoun County Extension Office, 121 Parker St., Pittsboro, MS   The Good Agricultural

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Black Rot in Sweetpotato- A Fact Sheet

Black Rot in Sweetpotato- A Fact Sheet

🕔13:17, 8.Mar 2016

Black rot is on the minds of many sweetpotato producers in the United States. The fungal disease was reported in North Carolina in 2015, and there have been at least three diagnosed incidence of black rot in Mississippi since last

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3rd Annual Mississippi Sweetpotato Field Day Program- August 27th

3rd Annual Mississippi Sweetpotato Field Day Program- August 27th

🕔11:45, 26.Aug 2015

Mississippi State University will host its 3rd Annual Sweetpotato Field Day Thursday August 27 at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station (8320 Hwy 15 S., Pontotoc, MS 38863).  Registration is free.  Breakfast and lunch are provided.  CCA credits are available. 

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Sweetpotato Herbicides- FAQs

Sweetpotato Herbicides- FAQs

🕔13:28, 29.May 2015

Due to a lack of post-emergence herbicides for use in sweetpotato, sweetpotato weed management is front-loaded with pre-emergence herbicides early in the growing season. For the last several years the following herbicide program has provided the most consistent control of

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GAPs/GHPs Training- March 4th, Pittsboro, MS

🕔16:25, 27.Feb 2015

Good Agricultural and Handling Practices for Producers of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables and Nuts Training-   A certificate program   When: March 4, 2015 (Wednesday) Time:  9:00 A.M. – 12:00 noon Where: Calhoun County Extension Office    121 Parker St., Pittsboro,

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Avoid Sweetpotato Chilling Injury

🕔14:04, 18.Feb 2015

The next few days will be abnormally frigid in North Mississippi.  This increases the risk of chilling injury to sweetpotatoes in storage, and those being transported to or from packing sheds.  Chilling injury occurs when roots are exposed to temperatures

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2015 Winter Sweetpotato Production Meeting- Feb. 11th

🕔16:49, 2.Feb 2015

The 2015 Mississippi Winter Sweetpotato Production Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday February 11th at the Calhoun County Extension Office (121 Parker St. Pittsboro, MS 38951).  Registration will begin at 8:30 A.M.  The program will run 9:00 A.M. through lunch.  A

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Sweetpotato Field Day Program- August 20th

🕔13:44, 14.Aug 2014

Mississippi State University will host its Second Annual Sweetpotato Field Day on Wednesday August 20th at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station (8320 Hwy 15 S., Pontotoc, MS 38863).  The program for the field day is below.  Please contact Stephen

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Glyphosate Injury to Sweetpotatoes Adjacent to Field Roads

Glyphosate Injury to Sweetpotatoes Adjacent to Field Roads

🕔11:35, 16.Jul 2014

Maintaining clean and weed-free field roads around sweetpotatoes is thought to help minimize rodent injury and make access for crop scouting and monitoring more efficient. Roads are most often maintained weed-free with glyphosate applications. However, off-target movement of glyphosate onto

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Carpetweed- Unsightly but Not a Big Threat to Sweetpotato Fields

🕔12:29, 30.Jun 2014

It’s that time in the sweetpotato production season- where the last slips are making their way into the ground and herbicide treatments applied to the earlier planted crop get tested prior to canopy closure. While pigweeds and nutsedges represent the

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Southern Blight and Sweetpotato Plant Beds

Southern Blight and Sweetpotato Plant Beds

🕔11:47, 23.Apr 2014

Warm April weather in North Mississippi provides great growing conditions for sweetpotato plant beds. A few days near the 80s will have sweetpotato shoots pushing up the black plastic mulch that has been covering them since March. However, warm and

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Sweetpotatoes and Scurf

Sweetpotatoes and Scurf

🕔11:33, 21.Oct 2013

Each year some sweetpotato scurf or “soil-stain” is reported.  However, this year it would appear that the disease has been more prevalent than normal in some fields.  Scurf is caused by a soil-dwelling fungus, Monilochaetes infuscans, and results in darkened,

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“Why are there red potatoes in my field?”

“Why are there red potatoes in my field?”

🕔12:03, 7.Oct 2013

Last week’s harvest saw reports of “red potatoes” appearing in sweetpotato fields.  There was speculation that the light-orange-skinned ‘Beauregard’ had altered its genetic make-up to the point that it had changed its skin color at multiple locations within the same

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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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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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Imazapic/Cadre Carryover Symptoms in Sweetpotato

Imazapic/Cadre Carryover Symptoms in Sweetpotato

🕔12:51, 23.Aug 2013

Cadre (active ingredient= imazapic) is an ALS-inhibiting herbicide registered for use in peanut.  The persistence of the herbicide, which has an average half-life of 120 days, requires growers pay particular attention to the herbicide’s rotational restrictions.  Fortunately, Cadre carryover injury

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Mississippi Sweetpotato Field Day Scheduled for Tomorrow- August 22nd

Mississippi Sweetpotato Field Day Scheduled for Tomorrow- August 22nd

🕔09:59, 21.Aug 2013

PONTOTOC – Sweetpotato growers, crop consultants and other agricultural professionals can learn about recent weed, insect and disease control research during an upcoming field day. Researchers and specialists with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry

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Command Injury Symptoms Reemerge in Sweetpotato Fields

Command Injury Symptoms Reemerge in Sweetpotato Fields

🕔16:29, 16.Aug 2013

Earlier this week I received a photo via text.  The photo showed white-leafed cocklebur plants in a sweetpotato field in Chickasaw County.  The sender was curious as to what would cause this. Command (active ingredient: clomazone) is the most frequently

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