This summer we had multiple conversations with producers that either irrigated or had significant rainfall events on their field, but the soil moisture sensors below the 6 inch depth never “detected” the irrigation or rainfall event (see http://www.mississippi-crops.com/2014/06/26/is-my-soil-moisture-sensor-broke/ ). The producer assumed the sensors were “broke”, but we attributed the phenomenon to “surface sealing”. Surface sealing . . . → Read More: Identifying Soils that “Seal” and Improving Irrigation Application Efficiency in “Sealing” Soils
Many growers in the Mid-South apply a herbicide shortly prior to sorghum harvest to facilitate combine efficiency and suitable grain moisture. This season, this issue is even more critically important because of severe harvest problems potentially created by White Sugarcane aphid infestation. This article will discuss appropriate timing and potential outcome of such harvest aid applications.
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This week we encountered another issue with a surge valve. After irrigating with a surge valve the producer noted that neither the 6” nor 12” sensors responded to the irrigation. When investigating the problem it appeared that the grower had done as instructed, making the proper adjustments to the advance cycle. What’s going on? Further investigation . . . → Read More: Another Surge Valve Experience!
Southern corn rust continues to be observed throughout MS. We continue to receive calls regarding late fungicide applications (> R4/R5) to reduce yield losses attributed to southern rust. Numerous myths regarding the disease have been widely spread throughout the MS corn production area including death of a corn plant in as fast as 7 days following southern rust infection and lodging as a result of heavy southern rust infection. . . . → Read More: What Should You do about Late Southern Corn Rust?
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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Would you like to estimate your corn yield prior to the combine heading to the field? If you are willing to put in a little time, you can develop a reasonable yield estimate by following these guidelines. . . . → Read More: How Can I Estimate Corn Yield?
“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
Corn is not immune to yield loss until physiological maturity occurs. However, it is not nearly as vulnerable during late reproductive stages. This article includes a chart which should substantially help assess the risk of potential corn yield reduction during late reproductive stages. . . . → Read More: Vulnerability of Corn to Late-Season Issues?
Incomplete kernel set is something you can’t ignore. These kernels often don’t fill because the plant can’t supply enough energy to support them. Therefore, if we want to improve our yields, we need to investigate reasons why the kernel set is less than desired, so we can improve in the future. . . . → Read More: Why did the Kernels near the Ear Tip not Fill?
Bollworm moth counts were up sharply across the state this week, so higher bollworm larval pressure should be expected over the next 1-2 weeks. Southwestern corn borer counts were high in Quitman, Tallahatchie and Leflore counties, but low elsewhere. Most corn is past the vulnerable window, so only late-planted corn that has not reached dough stage should . . . → Read More: Trap Counts, July 18, 2014