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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!

Management of Kudzu Bugs in Mississippi Soybeans

kudzu bug nymphs

By now most folks have heard of Kudzu bugs. In fact, we have now confirmed them in 52 counties in Mississippi. Kudzu bugs, Megacopta cribraria, was first found in Georgia in 2009. Since that time it has spread rapidly across the southeast kudzu bug map 7_8and is now moving west in to Mid-southern states. It was first found in Mississippi in 2012 and now covers most of the state. . . . → Read More: Management of Kudzu Bugs in Mississippi Soybeans

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

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

Will We Need to Irrigate Our Corn Again?

Irrigated Corn

Considering the abundant rainfall during June and the corn crop progressing closer toward maturity, many are wondering whether additional irrigation may even be needed. This article discusses how to make that and other late-season irrigation decisions. . . . → Read More: Will We Need to Irrigate Our Corn Again?

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

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

Insect Trap Catches, July 3, 2014

Bollworm catches were similar to the previous week while tobacco budworm counts continue to slowly rise. Neither is particularly high for this time of year. Southwestern corn borer counts were up sharply this week, with a few traps in the Delta above treatment thresholds for non-Bt corn. However, no county average was greater than 100 moths/trap, so . . . → Read More: Insect Trap Catches, July 3, 2014

Monitoring Cotton Growth and Development

Tomorrow is July 4th which usually coincides with the arrival of blooms in cotton fields.  Although the crop is somewhat later than “normal” this year, blooms are arriving daily.  Monitoring nodes above white flower is a useful tool for determining horsepower with your crop.  In order to determine  how many nodes above white flower are present . . . → Read More: Monitoring Cotton Growth and Development

Reminder: MSU/Monsanto Company Field Day – Robinsonville, MS – July 10, 2014

Mississippi State University and Monsanto Company will be conducting a field day in Robinsonville, MS on Thursday, July 10, 2014.  The field day will focus on the Roundup Ready(R) Xtend Crop System in cotton and soybeans.  Field demonstrations will include cotton and soybean germplasm as well as Palmer amaranth control in the Roundup Ready(R) Xtend Crop System.  Speakers from Monsanto . . . → Read More: Reminder: MSU/Monsanto Company Field Day – Robinsonville, MS – July 10, 2014