With the exception of the last three years, stink bugs have always Mississippi’s number one insect pest of soybean. There are many species of stink bugs in MS soybeans but the three predominate species are Southern Green, Green, and Brown stink bugs. While we have certainly reached treatable levels of stink bugs in soybeans in many . . . → Read More: Stink Bugs Picking Up in Soybeans
With many consultants reporting flushing high numbers of moths over the last 7-10 days, bollworm larvae are beginning to turn up at treatable levels in some fields now. Over the last couple days I am hearing reports of treatments going out in some areas but at this time treatments are not yet widespread.
It will be very important to . . . → Read More: Bollworm Applications Starting in Soybean
Usually in Mississippi the major bollworm flight coming off of corn usually ranges from June 25-July 7th on average. We started getting our first calls out of the south Delta this week. Many consultants are reporting scattered worms and eggs in cotton and moths being flushed in cotton and soybean. Likely in the next 7-10 days . . . → Read More: Bollworm Flight Later Than Normal But Now Starting
I have had numerous calls on kudzu bugs in the last couple weeks, mainly from the southwest part of the state. Kudzu bugs were found in 4 counties in 2012 in MS. In 2013 we have now confirmed 10 additional counties, in which 6 were found in soybeans. Since these initial finds in soybeans in Warren, Claiborne, Hinds, Yazoo, Stone, and Rankin Counties, it has become common for consultants to find 4-8 adults per 25 sweeps, in a few cases up to 10-15 in a couple of these areas. . . . → Read More: Mississippi Kudzu Bug Update: 7/12/2013
The Soybean Minute is a new radio program that can be heard on the Mississippi AgriNews Network. These reports, sponsored by the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board and the United Soybean Board, offer the latest information on soybean production in Mississippi. Updates provided through this resource include current issues as well as soybean Extension and research updates.
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Mississippi traditionally does not plant a lot of grain sorghum compared to some states but the acres we plant (42K according to USDA, 2013) have to be scouted and managed for insect pest at least weekly. Grain sorghum in Mississippi can have significant insect issues in some years, especially on late plantings. . . . → Read More: Managing Insect Pest in Mississippi Grain Sorghum
With the dry weather we have had recently, spider mites are starting to show up in a lot of cotton fields. Spider mites can be one of the most difficult pests to manage in cotton for several reasons. . . . → Read More: Spider Mites Showing Up in Cotton
I know it is a little early in the year, and very little if any rice is heading at this time. However, it is not too early to start thinking about rice stink bugs. . . . → Read More: Rice Stink Bug Update for the Week of June 28
At this point of the season, we still have some acres of soybean yet to be planted. The majority of those acres will be double cropped soybean behind harvested wheat. Given the environmental conditions that we typically expect during this time of year, several questions have come up regarding seeding rates and/or seed treatments for June . . . → Read More: Double Crop Soybean: Seeding Rates and Seed Treatments
With all of the rainfall that we have had around most of the state, there have been a lot of questions about the impact on seed treatments. In general, most of the seed treatments that are being used in all crops are water soluble. Typical levels of rainfall should not have a negative impact on the efficacy of seed treatments, but excessive rainfall may. . . . → Read More: How will rainfall impact seed treatments in soybeans, rice, cotton, and other crops?