We are now beginning to get numerous calls from around the state about sugarcane aphid infestations. Populations range from very low to well above threshold with treatments becoming more common this week. At this time aphids are being found in the Hills and Delta region widely at some level in most fields. However, there are the occasional fields with . . . → Read More: Sugarcane Aphid Update: 7/3/2015
An agronomic crops turn row talk 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, . . . → Read More: Mississippi State University Turn Row Talk – Clarksdale
A series of field days will be held throughout Mississippi in 2015 which will highlight crops with new and developing herbicide and insect trait technologies. Field days will be held at the following locations:
Dundee – Douglas and Chris Hood Farms – July 7
Brooksville – MSU Black Belt Branch Experiment Station – July 15
Starkville – R.R. Foil . . . → Read More: Row Crop Technology Showcase
As blooms are beginning to appear, several calls have come in this week regarding PGR use in cotton. While some folks have already made some early applications, others are holding off. Similar to defoliation, albeit with somewhat less pronounced effects if overdone, managing vegetative growth in cotton with PGR’s does involve some art as well as . . . → Read More: Plant Growth Regulator Use in Cotton
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
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
Southern blight, has been found on peanuts in several areas of the state this week.
Southern blight is a plant disease that attacks the crown and below ground parts of peanuts. It causes the plant to wilt and die or reduces nut quality. The best management tool is a rotation with 3 years . . . → Read More: Southern Blight of Peanuts – It’s Arrived
This year we are conducting nine rice irrigation Extension demonstration trials across the Delta. To demonstrate the value of maintaining a less than full flood, we are utilizing a Pani Pipe and soil moisture probes to time irrigation events. Research from the International Rice Research Institute reports, that allowing the water level to drop to “Safe . . . → Read More: Rice Irrigation with Safe AWD.
In some areas of the Delta there have been reports of plant bug numbers really picking up this week. The following article talks about the ease and importance of monitoring fruit set in cotton.
Square retention is a critical component of early season plant bug management. I would strongly encourage you to take square retention counts along with . . . → Read More: Adult Plant Bugs Migrating Into Cotton: Square Retention Critical
Weekly Soybean Scouting Report for Mississippi Hills and Delta Region 6/22-6/26 . . . → Read More: Soybean Scouting Report: 6/22-6/26