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Soybean “Mystery Disease” Update

Typical symptoms associated with the "mystery disease" in the lower plant canopy on soybean plants in the late vegetative or early reproductive stages.

Over the past several years a root disease of soybean has been observed throughout MS as well as adjacent states. Presently, research is being conducted to determine the causal organism(s) involved in the disease. On Wednesday (May 27), plants in several fields were observed throughout the Inverness as well as Leflore County (Quito) area. The fields have historically had an issue with this particular root disease. Some of the general symptoms and signs of the disease and a general update regarding research project are included in this particular post. . . . → Read More: Soybean “Mystery Disease” Update

Sweetpotato Herbicides- FAQs

Due to a lack of post-emergence herbicides for use in sweetpotato, sweetpotato weed management is front-loaded with pre-emergence herbicides early in the growing season. For the last several years the following herbicide program has provided the most consistent control of the greatest diversity of weeds:

2 to 3 oz/acre Valor pre-transplanting followed by

1.5 to 2.66 qt/acre Command . . . → Read More: Sweetpotato Herbicides- FAQs

Cotton Injury From Early Season Herbicide Applications

Several calls have come in regarding early season herbicide injury in cotton to both myself and Jason Bond.  It is not uncommon to see cotton injury from applications of Sequence or metolachlor products mixed with glyphosate and/or Liberty.  Undoubtedly, the cool, wet weather we have had so far this year has exacerbated injury from herbicide applications . . . → Read More: Cotton Injury From Early Season Herbicide Applications

How Late Is Too Late To Plant Cotton?

Given the excessive rainfall this spring many have inquired about how late is too late to plant cotton?  The answer will likely vary depending on who you talk to; however, I would offer the following things to consider when making this decision.

1.  Have you applied any herbicides that will lock you into cotton?

2.  Has the preventative . . . → Read More: How Late Is Too Late To Plant Cotton?

Tire Traffic Soil Compaction Effects on Corn

Tire Traffic Compaction

As a lot of our corn approaches tassel, issues associated with tire traffic soil compaction are becoming more evident. This article discusses the consequences. . . . → Read More: Tire Traffic Soil Compaction Effects on Corn

MSU-DREC Rice Field Day – July 30, 2015

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The MSU-DREC Rice Producer Field Day will be held in conjunction with the annual Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Summer Rice Grower Meeting this year on the afternoon of July 30 at the Capps Center in Stoneville..  The Farm Bureau meeting will begin with lunch at noon, followed by the program beginning at 1 pm.  Guest speakers . . . → Read More: MSU-DREC Rice Field Day – July 30, 2015

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

Mixed Bag of Early Season Caterpillar Defoliators in Soybean

Over the last couple of weeks I have had numerous calls about caterpillar pest in young soybeans. Most of these have been concerning beans that are still in the vegetative stages (V2-V5). The species that are being found are bollworm, yellowstriped armyworm, green cloverworm, granulated cutworm, alfalfa caterpillar, cabbage looper, garden webworm, and yellowstriped armyworm. . . . → Read More: Mixed Bag of Early Season Caterpillar Defoliators in Soybean

Soybean Planting Progress

Although the 2015 planting season started out slow, tremendous progress has been made to get this year’s crop growing. According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, 79% of the soybean acreage is planted as of the week ending May 17, 2015. At this time, 60% of the crop is emerged. This puts us . . . → Read More: Soybean Planting Progress

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