Soybean Scouting Report: 6/29-7/3/2015

Stink bugs consisted of Brown, Green, and Southern Green stink bugs, with Green and Southern Green Stink bugs making up 85% of the total stink bugs caught. Some small corn earworm larvae were found in very low numbers in the Delta region. . . . → Read More: Soybean Scouting Report: 6/29-7/3/2015

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

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

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

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

Mixed Bag of Early Season Caterpillar Defoliators in Soybean

Over the last couple of weeks I have had numerous calls about caterpillar pest in young soybeans. Most of these have been concerning beans that are still in the vegetative stages (V2-V5). The species that are being found are bollworm, yellowstriped armyworm, green cloverworm, granulated cutworm, alfalfa caterpillar, cabbage looper, garden webworm, and yellowstriped armyworm. . . . → Read More: Mixed Bag of Early Season Caterpillar Defoliators in Soybean

Soybean Planting Progress

Although the 2015 planting season started out slow, tremendous progress has been made to get this year’s crop growing. According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, 79% of the soybean acreage is planted as of the week ending May 17, 2015. At this time, 60% of the crop is emerged. This puts us . . . → Read More: Soybean Planting Progress

Soybean Management Symposium Series: February 25 and 26, 2015 Dates CANCELED

The previously scheduled Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board seminar dates in Tunica, Verona, and Macon for Wednesday (2/25) and Thursday (2/26) have been CANCELED due to the potential for inclement weather over the next 36 hours. Future dates will be listed on the Mississippi Crop Situation Blog and locations will likely not change. Please stay tuned for further announcements. . . . → Read More: Soybean Management Symposium Series: February 25 and 26, 2015 Dates CANCELED