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“It ain’t over till it’s over!” / Turnrow Talks

“It ain’t over till it’s over!” Amazing as it seems, several producers have not laid poly pipe. After the five plus inches of rainfall we received last week, some producers are questioning the need to lay pipe this late in the season. With harvest for corn and rice  within 30 days, does it make sense to . . . → Read More: “It ain’t over till it’s over!” / Turnrow Talks

Surge Valve Issues and Gleanings.

This past week we encountered the following situation. A Grower irrigated a silt loam field utilizing a surge valve. When he checked his moisture probes neither the 6” nor the 12” Watermark™ sensor had moved. What’s going on? After careful evaluation we realized that the grower had prematurely terminated the irrigation cycle.

A few weeks ago we . . . → Read More: Surge Valve Issues and Gleanings.

It’s okay to let it down!

It’s okay to let it down!

Defining proper flooding of rice can be somewhat challenging depending who you talk to. One thing is for sure, to take advantage of the cost saving of straight levees and multiple inlet rice production, the depth of flood has to be managed. With the days of cheap water behind us and . . . → Read More: It’s okay to let it down!

Now is the time to prepare for 2015 PHAUCET implementation!

  Now is the time to prepare for 2015 PHAUCET implementation!

Without a doubt the installation of PHAUCET (Pipe Hole and Universal Crown Evaluation Tool) on every acre of your farm is the most important water saving strategy you can implement. PHAUCET allows you to irrigate your fields uniformly with each furrow watering out at . . . → Read More: Now is the time to prepare for 2015 PHAUCET implementation!

Insect Trap Counts, June 13, 2014

Bollworm trap counts were higher in Lowndes county this week, but all other locations were similar to the previous week. Tobacco budworm catches remain at very low levels throughout the state. Southwestern corn borer counts were also very low throughout the state. Moth catches may have been somewhat depressed this week due to the frequent rains . . . → Read More: Insect Trap Counts, June 13, 2014

Delta Research and Extension Center’s Agronomic Crops Field Day, June 17, 2014

A corn, cotton, peanut, and soybean field day is scheduled for June 17th at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, MS. The general theme of the field day will include pertinent information for mid-season row crop issues. . . . → Read More: Delta Research and Extension Center’s Agronomic Crops Field Day, June 17, 2014

Pheromone Trap Counts, May 29, 2014

Bollworm trap catches were down in the Delta region this week from last week, while tobacco budworm catches were higher in the Delta (Table 1). There was minimal change for catches of either species in Northeastern MS.

This is the first week to report southwestern corn borer pheromone trap results for 2014. Based on our new pheromone trap . . . → Read More: Pheromone Trap Counts, May 29, 2014

New Neonicotinoid Pollinator Protection Labels

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We have had several calls in recent days as news gets out about the EPA’s recent label changes for neonicotinoid insecticides. The intent is to offer greater protection for pollinators in and around crops where this class of insecticides may be applied. Basically, the new language forbids the use of these products while bees are foraging and until flowering is complete and all petals have fallen off the plants. There are a few exceptions if certain criteria are met. . . . → Read More: New Neonicotinoid Pollinator Protection Labels

“Bee Aware” Flags Ready for Distribution

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Recently several groups in Mississippi came together and developed then adopted a set of Cooperative Standards for row crop farmers and beekeepers in an effort to increase awareness of pollinator’s and create an environment where each could coexist while minimizing any adverse conditions to either operation. As a part of that program the “Bee Aware” flag was . . . → Read More: “Bee Aware” Flags Ready for Distribution

Key Issues to Address at Corn Planting

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Corn planting can be a hectic time, but it pays to take care of business when planting corn. Here are some keys to a successful start and optimal corn yields. . . . → Read More: Key Issues to Address at Corn Planting