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2013 On-Farm Cotton Variety Trials

Each year the Mississippi State University Extension Service conducts numerous on-farm variety trials in cotton and other crops.  These data are intended to complement small plot official variety trial (OVT) data that are also generated by Mississippi State University personnel.  The on-farm variety trial program in cotton is conducted using 10 varieties with two replications of . . . → Read More: 2013 On-Farm Cotton Variety Trials

Future of Agriculture Graduate Student Competition

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On February 6th 2014, Mississippi State University will host the second annual “Future of Agriculture Graduate Student Competition”. The competition will be open to M.S. and Ph.D. students working in production agriculture. . . . → Read More: Future of Agriculture Graduate Student Competition

Tobacco Thrips in Mid-South Resistant to Thiamethoxam

Since 2011 we have seen a decline in efficacy of thiamethoxam treated cotton seed against tobacco thrips. This has led to the increase of foliar applications in mid-south cotton acres.  Recently Syngenta has confirmed that populations in the mid-south region are in fact resistant to the active ingredient thiamethoxam. This is specific to tobacco thrips and . . . → Read More: Tobacco Thrips in Mid-South Resistant to Thiamethoxam

Mississippi Kudzu Bug Update: 9/27/2013

Mississippi Kudzu Bug Distribution Map 9_27_13

Since the last update several new counties have been added to the list in MS. Currently we 33 counties positive for Kudzu Bugs. Out of the 33 counties, 21 have positive finds in soybeans. . . . → Read More: Mississippi Kudzu Bug Update: 9/27/2013

Soybean Viruses Cause Important Diseases too

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Virus-infected soybean material has been observed almost statewide this season. The high numbers of bean leaf beetles can be blamed for some of the observed viruses; however, bean leaf beetles are not the only insects that can vector soybean viruses between plants. This specific blog update presents information on the three most commonly encountered soybean viruses in the MS soybean production system. . . . → Read More: Soybean Viruses Cause Important Diseases too

Managing Late Season Stink Bugs in Mississippi Soybean

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Over the last month we have had numerous questions about terminating stink bug applications in late season soybeans. Typically we manage stink bugs until near harvest but there are several things to consider before making an application to control stink bugs in beans beyond R6 growth stage. . . . → Read More: Managing Late Season Stink Bugs in Mississippi Soybean

Soybean Looper Control in Late Soybeans

Soybean looper has started to show up in soybean and a few applications have started in some fields. We have several good options to manage soybean looper and all of them should be considered. Belt has become the go to insecticide for looper control in a lot of situations over the last couple of years. . . . → Read More: Soybean Looper Control in Late Soybeans

Yield Loss from Defoliators in Soybean and Insecticide Termination

Now that early planted beans are drying down quickly and insect pressure is increasing on late planted soybeans in some areas, many are asking when it is safe to quit spraying insect pest in soybeans. For most pest in soybean the general rule is R7 growth stage for insecticide termination. R7 is one brown pod anywhere . . . → Read More: Yield Loss from Defoliators in Soybean and Insecticide Termination

Terminating Insecticides in Cotton

I have looked at several fields over the last couple weeks that should be considered safe from yield loss from insect pest. Keep in mind that termination rules for insects in cotton do not mean the crop is “bug proof” but rather that there is no economic justification for treating.  Dr. Scott Stewart at the University of Tennessee . . . → Read More: Terminating Insecticides in Cotton

Bean Leaf Beetle Problems in Mississippi Soybean

Bean leaf beetle numbers have been much higher than they have been in the last couple years. We have actually made bean leaf beetle targeted sprays on a number of acres this year. Yield loss is caused by defoliation and less frequently by pod feeding. Bean leaf beetles were once very easily controlled by very low . . . → Read More: Bean Leaf Beetle Problems in Mississippi Soybean