Mid-Season Rice Update

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I would like to call this a midseason rice update, but in actuality we have rice in Mississippi ranging from one leaf to late boot in places, but most of the rice crop should be at or reaching mid-season.  Similar to 2014, our planting progress was spread out from a typical year.  Most of the central . . . → Read More: Mid-Season Rice Update

Mississippi State University Turn Row Field Day: Clarksdale, MS July 9, 2015

An agronomic crops field day will be held at Cliff Heaton farms, just east of the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 6. The field day will be held in the cotton field on the south side of the road. MSU Extension Specialists will be present to discuss topics in corn, cotton, grain sorghum, peanut, rice and soybean. . . . → Read More: Mississippi State University Turn Row Field Day: Clarksdale, MS July 9, 2015

Automatic Soybean Fungicide Applications: Timing, Product Choice, Rates in Product Combination

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Questions continue regarding fungicide products to be used at the R3/R4 application timing. The most important decisions should be made based on the specific variety planted in each field since frogeye leaf spot is resistant to the strobilurin class of fungicides meaning that stand-alone strobilurin products are no longer effective against the disease. See the information contained within this blog post regarding fungicide products, effective rates of products in pre-mix combinations and the effectiveness of some fungicides on managing frogeye leaf spot. . . . → Read More: Automatic Soybean Fungicide Applications: Timing, Product Choice, Rates in Product Combination

Rice Stink Bug Update: June 19,2015

As some of the earliest planted rice is getting close to heading, it is time to start thinking about rice stink bug. We have been sweeping headed grass around the Delta for the past two weeks to determine what kind of populations are around. . . . → Read More: Rice Stink Bug Update: June 19,2015

Soybean Insect Management: The Most Common Questions and Myths…

This is a recycled article from 2012 and slightly updated but it fits well with recent calls. Sentences in italics have been added or updated since original posting.

I have been getting quite a few calls about whether or not to mix an insecticide with the fungicide at the R3 growth stage of soybeans this year.  The . . . → Read More: Soybean Insect Management: The Most Common Questions and Myths…

MSU Scientists Study Tie Between Insecticides and Bee Health

By Keri Collins Lewis
MSU Ag Communications

STARKVILLE, Miss. — “Just mentioning bees and pesticides in the same sentence is sure to get a buzz,” said Angus Catchot, an entomologist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Media skirmishes about bee health, agriculture practices and the role of pollinators in food production are a mixture of fact, propaganda and . . . → Read More: MSU Scientists Study Tie Between Insecticides and Bee Health

Peanut Growers: Tropical Storm Bill

Posted June 16, 2015. The low pressure in the Gulf has turned into tropical storm Bill. It is now predicted to impact the coast further south than it was several days ago. Updated forecasts by NOAA indicate that the primary rains generated by the storm will go north of Mississippi (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at2+shtml/090804.shtml?rainqpf#contents).

You should still watch your weather . . . → Read More: Peanut Growers: Tropical Storm Bill

Choose Fungicide Product for Soybean Fields Based on Variety Planted

Frogeye leaf spot has been a commonly observed disease in MS over the past several seasons.

Choosing a foliar fungicide product for either a common fungicide application at a specific growth stage in the absence of foliar disease or in the presence of disease should be based on the soybean variety planted. Widespread fungicide resistance to the strobilurin fungicides in the MS soybean production system within the frogeye leaf spot fungal population may ultimately change how we use fungicides. Choose a fungicide product based on whether or not frogeye will occur in a susceptible variety rather than choosing a fungicide based on price. . . . → Read More: Choose Fungicide Product for Soybean Fields Based on Variety Planted

Soybean “Mystery Disease” Update

Typical symptoms associated with the "mystery disease" in the lower plant canopy on soybean plants in the late vegetative or early reproductive stages.

Over the past several years a root disease of soybean has been observed throughout MS as well as adjacent states. Presently, research is being conducted to determine the causal organism(s) involved in the disease. On Wednesday (May 27), plants in several fields were observed throughout the Inverness as well as Leflore County (Quito) area. The fields have historically had an issue with this particular root disease. Some of the general symptoms and signs of the disease and a general update regarding research project are included in this particular post. . . . → Read More: Soybean “Mystery Disease” Update

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