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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.
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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

Foliar Soybean Disease Update: July 20, 2014

Target spot of soybean.  Note the yellow halo around lesions typified by concentric rings.

Foliar diseases of soybean continue to be observed throughout the state. At present, no soybean rust has been detected in Mississippi. However, aerial web blight, downy mildew, frogeye leaf spot, and target spot have all been observed in light to severe situations depending on field location. . . . → Read More: Foliar Soybean Disease Update: July 20, 2014

Managing Frogeye Leaf Spot with Fungicides: 2013 MS Trial Data

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Numerous fungicide trials were conducted during the 2013 season to determine the effectiveness of some popular commercially available fungicides on managing frogeye leaf spot. Attached find data as related to some R5 and one R5.5 fungicide application on a frogeye leaf spot susceptible Maturity Group IV variety in Stoneville (4 trials) and Starkville (1 trial). . . . → Read More: Managing Frogeye Leaf Spot with Fungicides: 2013 MS Trial Data

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!

Analyzing Mississippi Soybean Producers’ Farm Bill Alternatives

With the recent passage of the 2014 Agricultural Act a number of new choices are available for producers, while many of the previous options are no longer available. The analysis here examines these choices for soybean production in Mississippi. The report can be viewed at this LINK (Adobe Reader required to view . . . → Read More: Analyzing Mississippi Soybean Producers’ Farm Bill Alternatives

The 2014 Mississippi Soybean Disease Monitoring Network

Sentinel plots were planted in the spring of 2014 to serve as a source of soybean plants for monitoring important, potentially yield-limiting soybean diseases throughout MS. The sentinel plot network has protected MS soybean farmers for 9 years now. With financial aid from the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board and the United Soybean Board, the sentinel plots will be scouted for the remainder of the 2014 season. . . . → Read More: The 2014 Mississippi Soybean Disease Monitoring Network

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!

Programing a Surge Valve

We are having lots of questions concerning the proper set up of surge valves. First,   please consider some of the basic terminology associated with furrow irrigation.

We encourage you to visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46sSLFBUrh8       and view the video before continuing.

Phases of Furrow Irrigation

1. Advance Cycle – The phase in which the dry furrow is wetted. This cycle creates . . . → Read More: Programing a Surge Valve