The importance of soil moisture sensors is becoming more evident as we continue forward this growing season. Today (Monday, June 16th), we received a call regarding sensor readings that were assessed early this morning. The following are the data discussed in this scenario. . . . → Read More: Is My Soil Moisture Sensor Broke?
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. . . . → Read More: Influence of Rainfall on Insecticide Efficacy
Over the last few days I have had several reports of true armyworms showing up in wheat. Most of the calls I have received so far have been numerous worms at the ground level starting to defoliate up the plant but head clipping has been very minimal. Once wheat reaches the dough stage it is very difficult to show any yield benefits from treating armyworms in the absence of head clipping simply from defoliation. However, we have numerous fields that are still in the milk stage and susceptible. . . . → Read More: Armyworms Showing Up In Wheat
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. . . . → Read More: 2014 Insect and Disease Scout School Dates Set
Even though additional foliar wheat diseases have been observed throughout MS, I still consider this to be one of the cleanest wheat crops I have seen. At present, extremely low levels of leaf rust have been observed in two locations, stripe rust on a few protected plants in Stoneville, Septoria leaf blotch, glume blotch, and tan spot have all been reported in the MS wheat crop. . . . → Read More: Wheat Disease Update: May 4, 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. . . . → Read More: New Neonicotinoid Pollinator Protection Labels
Decisions to apply a fungicide to wheat should be based on the specific variety planted, response of the particular variety to foliar diseases that could impact yield, growth stage at time of decision, and whether or not the environment has been conducive for disease development. At present, foliar disease that could reduce yield have not been observed in commercial wheat fields. . . . → Read More: Should You Make a Wheat Foliar Fungicide Application?
Wheat diseases remain extremely scarce throughout the MS wheat production system to date. No leaf rust, stripe rust, or Septoria have been observed to my knowledge. However, bacterial leaf streak has become a regular observation in most wheat fields. . . . → Read More: Wheat Disease Update: April 21, 2014
Wheat diseases have been essentially non-existent this winter. No rust to report and very little of much any other foliar diseases is great news for our wheat farmers. . . . → Read More: Wheat Foliar Disease Update: April 11, 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 adverse conditions to either operation. As a part of that program the “Bee Aware” flag was . . . → Read More: “Bee Aware” Flags Ready for Distribution