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2014 Row Crop Short Course – End of Pre-Registration

The 2014 Row Crop Short Course will be held at the Bost Extension Center on the campus of Mississippi State University on December 1-3, 2014.  Attendance is free of charge if you pre-register.  Pre-registration is available until November 26.  Registration after November 26 including at the door will be $40 per person.  Meals, breaks, refreshments, etc. . . . → Read More: 2014 Row Crop Short Course – End of Pre-Registration

2014 Row Crop Short Course Preliminary Program

The 2014 Row Crop Short Course will be held at the Bost Extension Center on the campus of Mississippi State University on December 1-3, 2014.  Attendance is free of charge if you pre-register.  Pre-registration is available until November 26.  Registration after November 26 including at the door will be $40 per person.  Meals, breaks, refreshments, etc. . . . → Read More: 2014 Row Crop Short Course Preliminary Program

Not all Boll Rots are caused by Bacterial Blight

Boll rot as a result of Fusarium (as indicated by the pink growth of fungal structures on the boll).

Boll rot appeared to be a common occurrence in numerous cotton fields at the end of the 2014 season. However, not all boll rot can be attributed to bacterial blight, especially in situations where the disease was not observed prior to harvest. Secondary fungal infection can ultimately obscure the observable boll symptoms associated with bacterial blight. Keep this in mind when scouting fields at the end of the season as bacterial blight boll lesions can oftentimes be obscured by secondary fungal invaders. . . . → Read More: Not all Boll Rots are caused by Bacterial Blight

Managing Cotton Aphids in 2014

We had a few calls over the last week about poor control of cotton aphid with Transform. In all of those cases, the field was actually sprayed for plant bugs with a 1.5 oz rate of Transform. That rate should be very effective on cotton aphid based on previous experience. As a result, we collected aphids from three different fields this week to test their susceptibility to Transform. . . . → Read More: Managing Cotton Aphids in 2014

North Mississippi Research and Extension Center’s Agronomic Row Crops Field Day on Thursday, August 7

The North Mississippi Research and Extension Center’s Agronomic Row Crops Field Day on Thursday, August 7 will present the latest research to the area’s row-crop farmers and consultants. The field day will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lee County Agri-Center Magnolia Conference Center on Highway 145 South in Verona.
. . . → Read More: North Mississippi Research and Extension Center’s Agronomic Row Crops Field Day on Thursday, August 7

Cotton Bacterial Blight Update: July 18, 2014 (UPDATED 7/28/2014)

Additional bacterial blight has been observed in the MS cotton production system. At present, 12 counties have been reported to contain infected cotton. . . . → Read More: Cotton Bacterial Blight Update: July 18, 2014 (UPDATED 7/28/2014)

Scouting Cotton for Bacterial Blight in 2014

Bacterial blight of cotton can produce several different symptoms on plant parts.  Leaves, bracts and petioles all can exhibit symptoms of the disease.

Once again, bacterial blight has been observed in the MS cotton crop. At present, several fields in the south and north Delta as well as a single field in east MS have been observed to contain bacterial blight infected cotton leaves. To date (July 8, 2014), a single cotton variety has been reported to be infected in all fields. . . . → Read More: Scouting Cotton for Bacterial Blight in 2014

Cotton Acres Bloomed, Price Shriveled

This past Monday (June 30), USDA released their annual Acreage report. The report is preceded by the March Prospective Plantings report with the difference being a more solid, confirmed acreage number in the acreage report compared to an expected, planned number in the earlier Prospective Plantings report.

For cotton, total U.S. acres are called at 11.369 million. . . . → Read More: Cotton Acres Bloomed, Price Shriveled

Assessing Control of Tarnished Plant Bug in Prebloom Cotton

Tarnished plant bug numbers have actually started off at low to moderate levels this year in the Delta region but just in the last few days numbers seem to be picking up pretty good in a few locations and square retention is not optimal. I have mentioned on numerous occasions the inability to adequately access product . . . → Read More: Assessing Control of Tarnished Plant Bug in Prebloom Cotton

Plant Growth Regulator Use in Cotton Production

Several folks throughout the state have began applying plant growth regulators to their cotton crop and many more will likely start over the next couple of weeks.  Although plant growth regulators have gotten exponentially cheaper over the past 25 years, the basic chemistry of these products has remained unchanged.  First and foremost, do not use plant . . . → Read More: Plant Growth Regulator Use in Cotton Production