The biggest change for this week is the rise in southwestern corn borer trap counts. High numbers were spotty in the Delta with one Leflore county trap recording 668 moths in a week. Coahoma, Quitman and Sunflower counties were the only other counties to have any traps with more than 50 moths. Southwestern corn borer were . . . → Read More: Pheromone Trap Counts, July 2, 2015
Southern blight, has been found on peanuts in several areas of the state this week.
Southern blight is a plant disease that attacks the crown and below ground parts of peanuts. It causes the plant to wilt and die or reduces nut quality. The best management tool is a rotation with 3 years . . . → Read More: Southern Blight of Peanuts – It’s Arrived
In some areas of the Delta there have been reports of plant bug numbers really picking up this week. The following article talks about the ease and importance of monitoring fruit set in cotton.
Square retention is a critical component of early season plant bug management. I would strongly encourage you to take square retention counts along with . . . → Read More: Adult Plant Bugs Migrating Into Cotton: Square Retention Critical
Weekly Soybean Scouting Report for Mississippi Hills and Delta Region 6/22-6/26 . . . → Read More: Soybean Scouting Report: 6/22-6/26
Bollworm pheromone trap counts were similar to last week and remain fairly low compared to historical averages. Tobacco budworm counts were slightly higher this week, but are still low fairly low. Southwestern corn borer trap catches have started to increase in some regions. Both Issaquena and Leflore counties had a trap that was over threshold, but . . . → Read More: Pheromone Trap Counts, June 26, 2015
Pre-registration is now open for the upcoming Row Crop Technology Showcase events hosted by Mississippi State University. These events will be held at the following locations:
Dundee – Douglas and Chris Hood’s farm – July 7
Brooksville – MSU Black Belt Branch Experiment Station – July 15
Starkville – R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center (North Farm) – July 16
Additional . . . → Read More: Row Crop Technology Showcase Pre-Registration
I would like to call this a midseason rice update, but in actuality we have rice in Mississippi ranging from one leaf to late boot in places, but most of the rice crop should be at or reaching mid-season. Similar to 2014, our planting progress was spread out from a typical year. Most of the central . . . → Read More: Mid-Season Rice Update
An agronomic crops field day will be held at Cliff Heaton farms, just east of the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 6. The field day will be held in the cotton field on the south side of the road. MSU Extension Specialists will be present to discuss topics in corn, cotton, grain sorghum, peanut, rice and soybean. . . . → Read More: Mississippi State University Turn Row Field Day: Clarksdale, MS July 9, 2015
It appears that we are beginning to see the next generation of bollworm moths flying this week. Trap catches in most counties were higher this week than last week. Catches are still relatively light compared to long term averages, so larval populations will generally be light for the next week or so. Tobacco budworm and southwestern . . . → Read More: Pheromone Trap Counts, June 19, 2015
For the most part, the corn disease situation has been quiet. Limited occurrences of common rust and northern corn leaf blight have been observed in some Delta fields. With the cooler and wetter conditions encountered early in the season it is possible that some uncommon diseases could be encountered. . . . → Read More: Corn Disease Update: June 19, 2015