Mississippi State University will be hosting 4 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, and herbicide symptomology. There
We have been working on an insect control guide app for a couple years and are proud to say it is now available in the app store for iPhones. Shortly we will be releasing a version for Android users as
In 2017, the need to maximize thrips control to avoid foliar applications will be more important than ever. With the introduction and anticipation of numerous acres with the new herbicide traits resistant to Dicamba, there will be NO INSECTICIDE tank
The 2017 General Pest Management Workshop will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond. The workshop will consist of a morning and afternoon session. Registration/check-in will begin at 8:15 A.M.
How to Comply with the 2015 Revised Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides: What Owners and Employers Need to Know
From: Gene Merkl We are hosting a live video conference outlining the new rules on Wednesday November 16th at 10:00 AM. Please have your extension office (or REC) request from Distance Education (copied above) “WPS 2015 Training Video Conference” or
Over the last 7 days we have had numerous calls about ear drop in non-Bt corn fields. In 99.9% of the cases, the amount of ears hitting the ground is completely negligible and will not result in any yield loss
As we approach soybean physiological maturity, determining the specific soybean growth stage can aid in several important management decisions. Distinct differences exist between the R6 and R6.5 growth stage.
Over the last couple weeks, we have received numerous calls about multiple caterpillar pests in Bt cotton. By far, the most common and widespread species has been bollworm, but populations of fall armyworm are also high and we have even heard
Since the introduction of the diamide insecticides (Belt, Prevathon, Besiege), soybean loopers have essentially been a non-issue. We all have plenty of data showing 24-35 day residual control of soybean loopers, however, the long residuals are a blessing and curse
Over the last few weeks we have been getting more and more calls about redbanded stink bug in soybeans. Redbanded stink bugs (RBSB) are voracious seed feeders, infest fields later, and are more difficult to control than greens, southern greens,
What has happened with tarnished plant bug this year? That has been the million dollar question this year in cotton. Numerous consultants have told us that tarnished plant bug populations are lower than they have ever seen in their careers
Bollworm: We have had numerous reports of bollworm (soybean podworm corn earworm) moths being flushed and small larvae in cotton and soybeans over the last couple weeks. This past week seemed to be the turning point in soybean. Nearly anyone with
Over the last couple weeks we have begun to get numerous calls about kudzu bugs infesting soybeans. Call are coming from all over the state. We no longer keep up with county level infestations but its safe to say they
Southwestern corn borer trap counts remained very high in some areas this week. The highest counts reported were in Sunflower, Quitman, and Coahoma counties.
Southwestern corn borer trap catches appear to be peaking this week. Several counties had individual traps with numbers at or near the current threshold and a couple well above threshold. As a reminder, the current threshold is 50 per trap
Southwestern corn borer numbers increased significantly in some areas this week. The highest numbers were 377 caught in Leflore County and 450 caught in Coahoma County. The current threshold in the 2016 Insect Control Guide suggests spraying when 50 moths are caught
Much of the corn has reached the reproductive stages, while some is still in the vegetative stages. Several caterpillars, including fall armyworm and corn earworm, can infest corn, especially non-Bt corn, during both stages of development.
Overall, southwestern corn borer traps remained low throughout the state. However, one trap in Leflore county captured 178 moths over a 7 day period. Although they do not appear to be widespread, this indicates that there may be pockets with
All southwestern corn borer trapping locations did not report this week, but numbers were very low across the state. The highest numbers were in the south Delta, but still well below threshold with the highest number being 22 in one trap
The Environmental Protection Agency has now authorized the use of Transform WG (sulfoxaflor) in Mississippi for control of tarnished plant bugs in cotton. For specific details see below.
Spider mites have been becoming more widespread over the last two weeks. Currently we have quite a few acres requiring treatment for spider mites and several that have already received an application. The hot dry weather we have been dealing with
Calls about thrips treatments in seedling cotton have been picking up substantially this week. As ryegrass and other ditchbank hosts begin to dry down, thrips numbers will likely increase in the next couple weeks. The 100% chance of rain today (5/20) now