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Influence of Rainfall on Insecticide Efficacy

🕔13:29, 2.Jun 2014

Every year at some point during the season we seem to hit a rainy spell where it seems to rain at some point every day and we have showers widely scattered across the state. It started raining last Wednesday and we have had some rain everyday since then and it is currently raining in Stoneville right now (Monday morning). With that, the questions start about how long you need to spray before a rain to get acceptable control.

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2014 Insect and Disease Scout School Dates Set

🕔17:05, 12.May 2014

The dates for the 2014 Scout Schools have now been set. We will be providing detailed information on identification, biology, thresholds, and management of the major insect and disease pest of Mississippi row crops. These trainings can also be used to renew your insect and disease consultants license and CEU’s for Certified Crop Advisors will be provided at each. The meetings will also serve as In-Service training opportunities for MSU-ES agents as well. These trainings are great for the experienced and the inexperienced.

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New Neonicotinoid Pollinator Protection Labels

New Neonicotinoid Pollinator Protection Labels

🕔17:03, 1.May 2014

We have had several calls in recent days as news gets out about the EPA’s recent label changes for neonicotinoid insecticides. The intent is to offer greater protection for pollinators in and around crops where this class of insecticides may be applied. Basically, the new language forbids the use of these products while bees are foraging and until flowering is complete and all petals have fallen off the plants. There are a few exceptions if certain criteria are met.

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Seeding Rates and other Grain Sorghum Planting Tips

Seeding Rates and other Grain Sorghum Planting Tips

🕔17:00, 29.Apr 2014

Mississippi growers will likely plant far more acres to grain sorghum than previous years. This article outlines suggested seeding rates and other key planting tips for successful sorghum production.

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“Bee Aware” Flags Ready for Distribution

“Bee Aware” Flags Ready for Distribution

🕔08:39, 26.Mar 2014

Recently several groups in Mississippi came together and developed then adopted a set of Cooperative Standards for row crop farmers and beekeepers in an effort to increase awareness of pollinator’s and create an environment where each could coexist while minimizing any

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UPDATED CONTENT:  Dicamba and 2,4-D Plantback Restrictions

UPDATED CONTENT: Dicamba and 2,4-D Plantback Restrictions

🕔10:40, 21.Mar 2014

With the cold, wet weather, many burndown herbicide applications were delayed. This has led to a multitude of questions on plantback restrictions for 2,4-D and dicamba prior to planting corn and soybeans.

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Calibrating Insecticides in Row Crops

Calibrating Insecticides in Row Crops

🕔12:00, 20.Mar 2014

I have gotten numerous question about calibration of in-furrow rigs this year, so I am republishing an article I put up in the past that breaks calibrating pesticides down to a very easy understandable level. Proper calibration can mean the difference in control or failure of a product against the targeted pests and potentially thousands of dollars of savings to the grower.

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2014 MSU Grain Sorghum Hybrid Suggestions

2014 MSU Grain Sorghum Hybrid Suggestions

🕔17:38, 25.Feb 2014

Included are Mississippi State’s suggested grain sorghum hybrids for planting during the 2014 season. These hybrid recommendations are intended for dryland production.

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2014 Mid-South Ag Forum at the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show

🕔15:13, 21.Feb 2014

The 62nd annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show will be held February 28 – March 1, 2014 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN.  More than 400 exhibitors from more than 40 states will be on-hand showcasing the latest

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2,4-D and Dicamba Reduce Control of Italian Ryegrass

2,4-D and Dicamba Reduce Control of Italian Ryegrass

🕔07:01, 4.Feb 2014

Control of glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass was reduced with glyphosate plus Select Max at reduced rates when combined with 2,4-D Ester and/or Clarity.

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Cooperative Standards for the Coexistence of Row Crop Farmers and Beekeepers Adopted in Mississippi

Cooperative Standards for the Coexistence of Row Crop Farmers and Beekeepers Adopted in Mississippi

🕔09:30, 30.Jan 2014

Over the last several years there has been a media blitz surrounding the decline in honey bee populations around the globe. It seems like the science changes daily as to cause of the problem. Most believe it is a complex

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Delta Ag Expo, Cleveland, MS – January 23 & 24, 2014

Delta Ag Expo, Cleveland, MS – January 23 & 24, 2014

🕔11:08, 11.Jan 2014

Attached please find the agenda for the Delta Ag Expo in Cleveland, MS. Make careful note that the dates of the meeting have changed from previous years due to a minor scheduling conflict with the Bolivar County Exposition Center.

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Joint MEA/MAPPAN/MWSS Annual Meeting and Roundtable Discussion

🕔11:29, 16.Oct 2013

The 3rd annual joint MEA/MAPPAN/MWSS annual meeting will be held next week at the Bost Extension Building in Starkville, MS next week.  The dates of the meeting are Monday and Tuesday October 21-22.  We have a very informative and exciting

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Managing Insect Pest in Mississippi Grain Sorghum

Managing Insect Pest in Mississippi Grain Sorghum

🕔10:06, 9.Jul 2013

Mississippi traditionally does not plant a lot of grain sorghum compared to some states but the acres we plant (42K according to USDA, 2013) have to be scouted and managed for insect pest at least weekly. Grain sorghum in Mississippi can have significant insect issues in some years, especially on late plantings.

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How will rainfall impact seed treatments in soybeans, rice, cotton, and other crops?

How will rainfall impact seed treatments in soybeans, rice, cotton, and other crops?

🕔19:54, 24.May 2013

With all of the rainfall that we have had around most of the state, there have been a lot of questions about the impact on seed treatments. In general, most of the seed treatments that are being used in all crops are water soluble. Typical levels of rainfall should not have a negative impact on the efficacy of seed treatments, but excessive rainfall may.

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Crop Progress & Condition Report 5/19/2013

Crop Progress & Condition Report 5/19/2013

🕔07:43, 22.May 2013

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 19, 2013. Favorable conditions allowed for more field work to be completed. Operators were able to plant more corn, soybeans, and cotton. Soil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 1 percent short, 52 percent adequate, and 46 percent surplus.

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How to Estimate Nitrogen Loss resulting from Saturated Soils

How to Estimate Nitrogen Loss resulting from Saturated Soils

🕔18:42, 14.May 2013

Persistent rainfall has periodically saturated corn fields for several weeks this spring, prompting questions regarding potential nitrogen fertilizer loss. This article gives guidelines for estimating potential N loss.

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Chase the Sprayer with the Planter

Chase the Sprayer with the Planter

🕔12:18, 26.Apr 2013

Historically, we have chased the planter with the sprayer to apply residual herbicides. This presents several potential problems…

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USDA Crop Progress and Condition Report for Mississippi

USDA Crop Progress and Condition Report for Mississippi

🕔15:42, 15.Apr 2013

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 2.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 14, 2013. Dry conditions during the first half of the week allowed for some fieldwork to be done. Wet conditions in the last half of the week slowed or stopped all fieldwork. Soil moisture was rated 40 percent adequate, and 60 percent surplus.

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Prospective Plantings and Grain Stocks

🕔16:13, 28.Mar 2013

USDA released their annual Prospective Plantings report and quarterly Grain Stocks reports today (Mar 28). The acreage report was largely in-line with pre-report expectations, but the stocks report had quite a shock for corn supplies and a slight surprise for

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2013 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show – Irrigation Seminar

🕔16:40, 18.Feb 2013

The 2013 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show will be held on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.  Show hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 1 and 9:00 a.m. to

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2013 Grain Sorghum Hybrid Recommendations

2013 Grain Sorghum Hybrid Recommendations

🕔17:53, 9.Feb 2013

Included are Mississippi State’s suggested grain sorghum hybrids for planting during the 2013 season. These hybrid recommendations are intended for dryland production.

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Future of Agriculture Graduate Student Competition

Future of Agriculture Graduate Student Competition

🕔12:38, 8.Feb 2013

On February 7th 2013, Mississippi State University hosted the first annual “Future of Agriculture Graduate Student Competition”. The goals of this event were to provide students an opportunity to present their research findings to a diverse audience that included growers, consultants and industry personnel and interact with people from different segments of the agricultural community.

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Future of Agriculture Graduate Student Competition

Future of Agriculture Graduate Student Competition

🕔14:26, 25.Jan 2013

On February 7th 2013, Mississippi State University will host the first annual “Future of Agriculture Graduate Student Competition”. The competition will be open to M.S. and PhD. level graduate students that are working in production agriculture.

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Delta Ag. Expo and On Target Application Academy

Delta Ag. Expo and On Target Application Academy

🕔11:22, 7.Jan 2013

The 40th Annual Delta Ag Expo will be held January 16-17, 2013 at the Bolivar County Exposition Center in Cleveland, MS. There will be several Mississippi State University Researchers and Extension Specialist’s on hand to answer any questions you may

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