Pheromone Trap Counts, June 26, 2015

Bollworm pheromone trap counts were similar to last week and remain fairly low compared to historical averages. Tobacco budworm counts were slightly higher this week, but are still low fairly low. Southwestern corn borer trap catches have started to increase in some regions. Both Issaquena and Leflore counties had a trap that was over threshold, but . . . → Read More: Pheromone Trap Counts, June 26, 2015

Row Crop Technology Showcase Pre-Registration

Pre-registration is now open for the upcoming Row Crop Technology Showcase events hosted by Mississippi State University. These events will be held at the following locations:

Dundee – Douglas and Chris Hood’s farm – July 7
Brooksville – MSU Black Belt Branch Experiment Station – July 15
Starkville – R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center (North Farm) – July 16

Additional . . . → Read More: Row Crop Technology Showcase Pre-Registration

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

Corn Disease Update: June 19, 2015

For the most part, the corn disease situation has been quiet. Limited occurrences of common rust and northern corn leaf blight have been observed in some Delta fields. With the cooler and wetter conditions encountered early in the season it is possible that some uncommon diseases could be encountered. . . . → Read More: Corn Disease Update: June 19, 2015

Row Crop Technology Showcase – Dates and Topics

The upcoming Row Crop Technology Showcase events hosted by Mississippi State University have been mentioned a couple of times on Mississippi-crops.com; however, we now have a list of topics that will be covered at each event as well as credits approved for attendance.  Certified Crop Advisor CEU’s have been approved and will consist of 1.5 hours . . . → Read More: Row Crop Technology Showcase – Dates and Topics

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

Pheromone Trap Counts, June 12, 2015

Pheromone trap catches for bollworm, tobacco budworm and southwestern corn borer were very low throughout the state this past week. However, bollworm catches were slightly higher than last week, so we may be seeing the first moths of the next generation and bollworm pressure may rise over the next few . . . → Read More: Pheromone Trap Counts, June 12, 2015

Identifying Corn Reproductive Growth Stages and Management Implications

Silk Stage

Corn reproductive stages generally comprise about 60 days for corn hybrids grown in Mississippi at normal planting dates. Identification of these stages is critical for making prudent management decisions and anticipating crop response to practices and environmental conditions. . . . → Read More: Identifying Corn Reproductive Growth Stages and Management Implications

How much Nitrogen have I Lost from Saturated Soils?

Ponded Water

Abundant rainfall has soaked corn fields for extended time during April and late May, exposing nitrogen fertilizer to potential loss. This article gives guidelines for estimating potential N loss. . . . → Read More: How much Nitrogen have I Lost from Saturated Soils?

What is Appropriate Timing for the “Tassel Shot” on Corn?

Aerial Application

More growers are implementing different “tassel shot” inputs as part of their corn management program. Wet weather and other issues may further complicate application timing of such inputs. This article discusses whether specific timing makes a big difference or not? . . . → Read More: What is Appropriate Timing for the “Tassel Shot” on Corn?