Sugarcane Aphid Update: 7/3/2015

We are now beginning to get numerous calls from around the state about sugarcane aphid infestations. Populations range from very low to well above threshold with treatments becoming more common this week. At this time aphids are being found in the Hills and Delta region widely at some level in most fields. However, there are the occasional fields with . . . → Read More: Sugarcane Aphid Update: 7/3/2015

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

Mid-Season Rice Update

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I would like to call this a midseason rice update, but in actuality we have rice in Mississippi ranging from one leaf to late boot in places, but most of the rice crop should be at or reaching mid-season.  Similar to 2014, our planting progress was spread out from a typical year.  Most of the central . . . → Read More: Mid-Season Rice Update

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…

Kudzu Bugs Numerous in MS Soybeans This Year

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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

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