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2017 Agronomic Crops Scout Schools

2017 Agronomic Crops Scout Schools

🕔15:06, 27.Mar 2017

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

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New Insect Control Guide App Available

New Insect Control Guide App Available

🕔07:36, 3.Feb 2017

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

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Seed Treatment Choices For Cotton Will Be More Important In 2017

Seed Treatment Choices For Cotton Will Be More Important In 2017

🕔13:54, 25.Jan 2017

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

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Ear Drop in Non-Bt Corn

Ear Drop in Non-Bt Corn

🕔15:45, 26.Aug 2016

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

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Identifying Late Season Soybean Growth Stages

Identifying Late Season Soybean Growth Stages

🕔22:19, 19.Aug 2016

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.

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Numerous Caterpillars Showing Up in Cotton

Numerous Caterpillars Showing Up in Cotton

🕔07:32, 13.Aug 2016

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

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Diamide Insecticides and Soybean Looper Management

Diamide Insecticides and Soybean Looper Management

🕔13:02, 12.Aug 2016

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

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Stink Bugs and Redbanded Stink Bugs in Soybeans- What to do?

Stink Bugs and Redbanded Stink Bugs in Soybeans- What to do?

🕔09:13, 12.Aug 2016

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,

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Tarnished Plant Bugs in 2016

Tarnished Plant Bugs in 2016

🕔08:07, 29.Jul 2016

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

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Fall Armyworms in Rice: 2016

Fall Armyworms in Rice: 2016

🕔09:40, 23.Jul 2016

It looks like 2016 is shaping up to be another big year for fall armyworm in rice. As a reminder, our threshold in rice at this point in the season is 5 per 10 sweeps or when significant damage occurs.

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Armyworms and Bollworms Becoming Widespread in Mississippi Crops

Armyworms and Bollworms Becoming Widespread in Mississippi Crops

🕔09:22, 23.Jul 2016

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

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Southwestern Corn Borer Trap Counts, July 23, 2016

Southwestern Corn Borer Trap Counts, July 23, 2016

🕔09:00, 23.Jul 2016

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Southwestern Corn Borer Trap Counts, July 16, 2016

Southwestern Corn Borer Trap Counts, July 16, 2016

🕔17:19, 15.Jul 2016

 

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Kudzu Bugs in Mississippi Soybeans

Kudzu Bugs in Mississippi Soybeans

🕔12:22, 11.Jul 2016

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

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Southwestern Corn Borer Trap Counts, July 9, 2016

Southwestern Corn Borer Trap Counts, July 9, 2016

🕔17:06, 8.Jul 2016

Southwestern corn borer trap counts remained very high in some areas this week. The highest counts reported were in Sunflower, Quitman, and Coahoma counties.

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Southwestern Corn Borer Trap Counts: July 2, 2016

Southwestern Corn Borer Trap Counts: July 2, 2016

🕔19:53, 1.Jul 2016

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

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Southwestern Corn Borer Trap Counts: June 25, 2016

Southwestern Corn Borer Trap Counts: June 25, 2016

🕔20:08, 24.Jun 2016

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

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Caterpillars Infesting Field Corn

Caterpillars Infesting Field Corn

🕔15:57, 24.Jun 2016

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.

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Southwestern Corn Borer Trap Counts: June 18, 2016

Southwestern Corn Borer Trap Counts: June 18, 2016

🕔22:40, 17.Jun 2016

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

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Southwestern Corn Borer Trap Counts: June 11, 2016

Southwestern Corn Borer Trap Counts: June 11, 2016

🕔18:29, 10.Jun 2016

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

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Spider Mites Showing up in Small Cotton in MS

Spider Mites Showing up in Small Cotton in MS

🕔08:10, 3.Jun 2016

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

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Rice Disease Calendar

Rice Disease Calendar

🕔11:53, 28.May 2016

Included in this blog post are a rice disease calendar. Information presented in the calendar deals with the most commonly observed rice diseases throughout the MS rice production area. In general, the occurrence of diseases on rice will depend on the planting date, general field history as related to previous crop, and the environmental conditions throughout the season.

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Comment Period is Open for Transform Section 18

🕔21:02, 13.May 2016

In March, the Mississippi Bureau of Plant Industries and other states in the Mid-South submitted Emergency Exemption (Section 18) requests to use Transform for tarnished plant bug control in cotton. The reason for this request is that the original registration

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Rice Seed Treatments and Cool Wet Soil Conditions

Rice Seed Treatments and Cool Wet Soil Conditions

🕔14:30, 3.May 2016

Every year we have a point in the planting season where we start getting questions about how heavy rainfall and cool temperatures affect seed treatments in rice. The one thing to remember is that the clock starts ticking on the

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Cutworms Showing Up in Mississippi Crops

Cutworms Showing Up in Mississippi Crops

🕔14:32, 2.May 2016

We have had several calls over the last week about cutworms reducing plant densities in cotton, soybean, and non-Bt corn. Based on the number of calls, it appears that cutworm populations are much higher than they have been the last several

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