Adult Plant Bugs Migrating Into Cotton: Square Retention Critical

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

Soybean Scouting Report: 6/22-6/26

Weekly Soybean Scouting Report for Mississippi Hills and Delta Region 6/22-6/26 . . . → Read More: Soybean Scouting Report: 6/22-6/26

Row Crop Technology Showcase Pre-Registration

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

Mississippi State University Turn Row Field Day: Clarksdale, MS July 9, 2015

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

Rice Stink Bug Update: June 19,2015

As some of the earliest planted rice is getting close to heading, it is time to start thinking about rice stink bug. We have been sweeping headed grass around the Delta for the past two weeks to determine what kind of populations are around. . . . → Read More: Rice Stink Bug Update: June 19,2015

Soybean Insect Management: The Most Common Questions and Myths…

This is a recycled article from 2012 and slightly updated but it fits well with recent calls. Sentences in italics have been added or updated since original posting.

I have been getting quite a few calls about whether or not to mix an insecticide with the fungicide at the R3 growth stage of soybeans this year.  The . . . → Read More: Soybean Insect Management: The Most Common Questions and Myths…

MSU Scientists Study Tie Between Insecticides and Bee Health

By Keri Collins Lewis
MSU Ag Communications

STARKVILLE, Miss. — “Just mentioning bees and pesticides in the same sentence is sure to get a buzz,” said Angus Catchot, an entomologist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Media skirmishes about bee health, agriculture practices and the role of pollinators in food production are a mixture of fact, propaganda and . . . → Read More: MSU Scientists Study Tie Between Insecticides and Bee Health

Kudzu Bugs Numerous in MS Soybeans This Year

Kudzu bugs beans

This year we have seen tremendous population growth and expansion of Kudzu bugs from previous years. We have treated some acres already that were at threshold and I am confident that there will be many more to come based on what we are seeing around the state including the Delta region. . . . → Read More: Kudzu Bugs Numerous in MS Soybeans This Year

Sugarcane Aphids and Sorghum Midge: MS Grain Sorghum

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Over the last 7-10 days reports of sugarcane aphids in grain sorghum are becoming more frequent across the state. To date, I am not aware of any applications going out yet but numbers within some fields are definitely increasing. So far I have had about 10 reports of findings from the Delta region ranging from Cleveland to south of Inverness. . . . → Read More: Sugarcane Aphids and Sorghum Midge: MS Grain Sorghum

Insecticide/Herbicide Tankmix Safety

Many calls have came in over the past week to ten days regarding mixing insecticides and herbicides and the resultant effects on crop safety.  There are many factors that go into phytotoxicity observed on crops from pesticide applications; however, I will attempt to briefly summarize our recommendations below.

Generally speaking, the safest insecticides (for use on thrips) to . . . → Read More: Insecticide/Herbicide Tankmix Safety