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Reminder: Scout Schools Start Next Week

Mississippi State University will be hosting 5 scout schools this year. We have transitioned over the years to make these trainings much more diverse than insect pest alone. This year we will be including insects, disease, fertility, weed identification, and herbicide systems. There will be numerous hands on displays of insects, weeds, nutrient deficiencies in all . . . → Read More: Reminder: Scout Schools Start Next Week

Row Crop Technology Showcases – June 16, 17, 24, and July 16

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, MS – Douglas and Chris Hood Farms – June 16 (afternoon)

Stoneville, MS – MSU Delta Research and Extension Center – June 17 . . . → Read More: Row Crop Technology Showcases – June 16, 17, 24, and July 16

Cotton Planting Progress

Well over half of the 2015 cotton crop has been planted and a large proportion of that amount is up to a good stand.  Areas in the north Delta received rainfall over the past weekend and some earlier this week.  However, as you move south from Clarksdale toward Greenwood and Yazoo City many folks are either . . . → Read More: Cotton Planting Progress

Mississippi Cotton – New Yield Record in 2014

Mississippi cotton growers produced a tremendous crop in 2014.  The USDA recently revised production statistics for Mississippi and Mississippi growers once again set a new yield record.  Averaged over the entire state, Mississippi produced 1232 pounds of lint per acre which exceeds the previous yield record (from 2013) by 29 pounds per acre.  Since 2001, Mississippi . . . → Read More: Mississippi Cotton – New Yield Record in 2014

Cotton Plant Populations and Re-Plant Decision Making

The 2015 crop has been planted and is emerging very quickly thus far and environmental conditions have been very favorable for the past week.  If environmental conditions continue, the likelihood of re-plants is minimal.  However, keep the following in mind if you are facing a re-plant situation.  Research conducted at Mississippi State indicates that plant populations . . . → Read More: Cotton Plant Populations and Re-Plant Decision Making

Rapidly Emerging Cotton and Herbicide Use

Several calls have came in this week regarding cotton emerging quicker than anticipated and not having a residual, PRE herbicide applied yet.  Growers are racing to get this crop in the ground and some are finding it difficult to get this crop planted and sprayed prior to emergence.  More specifically, several folks have inquired about using . . . → Read More: Rapidly Emerging Cotton and Herbicide Use

Cotton Planting Progress

Cotton planting began during the last few days in April in most areas of the state and really kicked into high gear beginning May 4.  Growers have covered as much or more ground in one week this year than in any other year that I have been at Mississippi State.  Needless to say, the 2015 cotton . . . → Read More: Cotton Planting Progress

Mississippi Crop Progress and Condition Report – 4/19/15

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the  week ending Sunday, April 19, 2015.  Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 37 percent adequate, and 62 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 43 percent adequate, . . . → Read More: Mississippi Crop Progress and Condition Report – 4/19/15

As Crops Emerge, Slug Calls Start

I have recently received a few call about slugs in corn and soybeans. I suspect this will increase when more crops emerge in the Hill region of the state as well. Slug problems usually start on corn first, then move to soybeans, then cotton in our area. This is only because we typically plant in this order. Slugs have been a sporadic problem in MS row crops over the years with increased occurrence since 2004. This has been exclusively a no-till or reduced till problem, particularly no-till behind a grass crop like corn or grain sorghum. Cool wet years are particularly favorable for slug problems to develop. . . . → Read More: As Crops Emerge, Slug Calls Start

2015 Scout Schools Set for Mississippi

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Mississippi State University will be hosting 5 scout schools this year. We have transitioned over the years to make these trainings much more diverse than insect pest alone. This year we will be including insects, disease, fertility, weed identification, and herbicide systems. There will be numerous hands on displays of insects, weeds, nutrient deficiencies in all major row crops, and fertilizer characteristics. CEU’s Provided: Nutrient Management = 1.5, Integrated Pest Management = 3, Crop Management = 1 . . . → Read More: 2015 Scout Schools Set for Mississippi