Corn Disease Update: July 4, 2015, Southern Rust Observed in Five Counties (UPDATED @ noon)

Comparison between common rust (left) and southern rust (right). The coloration of the sporulation is a helpful diagnostic feature.

Corn diseases have started to be more commonly observed throughout the MS corn production area. Given the time of year in both calendar date and crop stages (post-tassel) several corn diseases are being observed more often. Northern corn leaf blight, southern corn leaf blight, and Diplodia ear rot have all been observed over the last two weeks. Southern corn rust made an appearance earlier than normal; however, the disease is considered to be at extremely low levels at this time even though five counties (Adams, Claiborne, Coahoma, Forrest, Stone) have been observed to contain infected corn plants. . . . → Read More: Corn Disease Update: July 4, 2015, Southern Rust Observed in Five Counties (UPDATED @ noon)

Pheromone Trap Counts, July 2, 2015

The biggest change for this week is the rise in southwestern corn borer trap counts. High numbers were spotty in the Delta with one Leflore county trap recording 668 moths in a week. Coahoma, Quitman and Sunflower counties were the only other counties to have any traps with more than 50 moths. Southwestern corn borer were . . . → Read More: Pheromone Trap Counts, July 2, 2015

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

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

When Should I Start Irrigating My Corn?

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The recent stretch of dry weather has prompted much conversation about the proper time to initiate irrigation for corn. This scenario usually generates a lot more anxiety than necessary because early season wilting is certainly not something we are very accustomed to. . . . → Read More: When Should I Start Irrigating My Corn?

Use a Sound Corn Nitrogen Strategy to Combat Rainy Weather

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Abundant spring rainfall can create havoc with corn nitrogen management by delaying fertilizer application and also promote massive nitrogen loss. These strategies should help enhance crop response during challenging conditions. . . . → Read More: Use a Sound Corn Nitrogen Strategy to Combat Rainy Weather

Seed Treatments, In-Furrow Sprays, and Granular Insecticides: What to do in Mississippi Field Corn

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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

2015 Riser Participants Needed.

The RISER program is designed to assist producers in reducing water use while maintaining yield and profitability. Growers participating in the RISER program agree to allow  the MSU researcher to manage the irrigation decisions on one field while the producer manages another field using his management style. We are in the planning process for the 2015 . . . → Read More: 2015 Riser Participants Needed.

Pipe Planner Instructional Videos

“Pipe Planner is a free, user-friendly, web based application designed to help farmers create the most efficient poly tube irrigation system for their crops,”says Chris DeClerk of Delta Plastics.  To assist Mississippi growers in the implementation of Pipe Planner, Lee Atwill, Doctoral candidate here at Mississippi State University, has created the linked instructional videos.  Growers should . . . → Read More: Pipe Planner Instructional Videos

2015 Delta Ag Expo, Cleveland, MS – January 21 and 22, 2015

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Find attached the agenda for the 42nd Annual Delta Ag Expo to be held in Cleveland, MS on Wednesday, January 21 and Thursday, January 22, 2015. We hope to see you in attendance at the Bolivar County Ag Expo Center. . . . → Read More: 2015 Delta Ag Expo, Cleveland, MS – January 21 and 22, 2015