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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

GAPs/GHPs Training- March 4th, Pittsboro, MS

Good Agricultural and Handling Practices for Producers of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables and Nuts Training-   A certificate program

 

When: March 4, 2015 (Wednesday)

Time:  9:00 A.M. – 12:00 noon

Where: Calhoun County Extension Office

   121 Parker St., Pittsboro, MS 38951

 The Good Agricultural (GAPs) and Handling (GHPs) Practices Training is a workshop designed to teach the basics of . . . → Read More: GAPs/GHPs Training- March 4th, Pittsboro, MS

Avoid Sweetpotato Chilling Injury

The next few days will be abnormally frigid in North Mississippi.  This increases the risk of chilling injury to sweetpotatoes in storage, and those being transported to or from packing sheds.  Chilling injury occurs when roots are exposed to temperatures between 32 and 55°F.  (The ideal storage temperature for sweetpotatoes is 55 to 60°F. Freezing injury . . . → Read More: Avoid Sweetpotato Chilling Injury

2015 Winter Sweetpotato Production Meeting- Feb. 11th

The 2015 Mississippi Winter Sweetpotato Production Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday February 11th at the Calhoun County Extension Office (121 Parker St. Pittsboro, MS 38951).  Registration will begin at 8:30 A.M.  The program will run 9:00 A.M. through lunch.  A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided.  There is no fee to attend and no . . . → Read More: 2015 Winter Sweetpotato Production Meeting- Feb. 11th

Sweetpotato Field Day Program- August 20th

Mississippi State University will host its Second Annual Sweetpotato Field Day on Wednesday August 20th at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station (8320 Hwy 15 S., Pontotoc, MS 38863).  The program for the field day is below.  Please contact Stephen Meyers with any questions at smeyers@ext.msstate.edu or 662.489.4621.

Sweetpotato Field . . . → Read More: Sweetpotato Field Day Program- August 20th

North Mississippi Research and Extension Center’s Agronomic Row Crops Field Day on Thursday, August 7

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.
. . . → Read More: North Mississippi Research and Extension Center’s Agronomic Row Crops Field Day on Thursday, August 7

Glyphosate Injury to Sweetpotatoes Adjacent to Field Roads

Maintaining clean and weed-free field roads around sweetpotatoes is thought to help minimize rodent injury and make access for crop scouting and monitoring more efficient. Roads are most often maintained weed-free with glyphosate applications. However, off-target movement of glyphosate onto adjacent sweetpotato plants can be problematic.

Sweetpotato vines exposed to glyphosate often exhibit chlorotic/yellow leaves and stems . . . → Read More: Glyphosate Injury to Sweetpotatoes Adjacent to Field Roads

Carpetweed- Unsightly but Not a Big Threat to Sweetpotato Fields

It’s that time in the sweetpotato production season- where the last slips are making their way into the ground and herbicide treatments applied to the earlier planted crop get tested prior to canopy closure. While pigweeds and nutsedges represent the greatest threat to yield and quality, carpetweed (Mollugo verticillata L.) appears to be the on the . . . → Read More: Carpetweed- Unsightly but Not a Big Threat to Sweetpotato Fields

Influence of Rainfall on Insecticide Efficacy

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

Southern Blight and Sweetpotato Plant Beds

Warm April weather in North Mississippi provides great growing conditions for sweetpotato plant beds. A few days near the 80s will have sweetpotato shoots pushing up the black plastic mulch that has been covering them since March. However, warm and humid conditions underneath plastic mulch can also provide an ideal environment for Southern blight, a disease . . . → Read More: Southern Blight and Sweetpotato Plant Beds