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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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2016 Scout Schools

2016 Scout Schools

🕔19:04, 18.Mar 2016

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, and herbicide symptomology.

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Pesticide Calibration Made Easy

Pesticide Calibration Made Easy

🕔08:07, 9.Mar 2016

Proper calibration of agricultural pesticide application equipment can mean the difference in control or failure of a pesticide against the targeted pest and potentially thousands of dollars of savings to the grower. Many growers are now using rate controllers; however,

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Seed Treatments and Thrips 2016: Expectations

Seed Treatments and Thrips 2016: Expectations

🕔11:42, 2.Mar 2016

Although commodity prices have not been exciting for any crop we grow, Mississippi is expected to see cotton acres increase as much as 40% this year. As we have been traveling the meeting circuit, the common denominator has been, “What inputs can we cut in an off year?” This has been asked of all crops lately, not just cotton. It seems that seed treatments are the first thing that comes up during this conversation in every crop; however, this is not a viable option in cotton.

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Tarnished Plant Bug IPM and Impact of the Transform Label Cancellation

Tarnished Plant Bug IPM and Impact of the Transform Label Cancellation

🕔08:12, 5.Feb 2016

We posted an article last spring about utilizing several best management practices in an overall IPM program to manage tarnished plant bug in cotton. We included a pdf that highlights all of the research we have conducted over the last

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2016 Future of Ag Graduate Student Competition Program

2016 Future of Ag Graduate Student Competition Program

🕔16:44, 26.Jan 2016

Please make plans to attend the 2016 Future of Ag Graduate Student Competition at the Cotton Mill Conference Center near the campus of Mississippi State University on Thursday, February 4.  A total of 40 Master’s and PhD students will be

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2016 Insect Control Guide Now Available

2016 Insect Control Guide Now Available

🕔07:59, 16.Dec 2015

The 2016 Insect Control Guide for Agronomic Crops is now available online. Hard copies will be available in January. Notable changes this year include the removal of pyrethroid insecticides for bollworm control in all crops due to resistance and poor

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New Program App Available for the 2015 MS Row Crop Short Course

New Program App Available for the 2015 MS Row Crop Short Course

🕔14:19, 16.Oct 2015

We had an App created that will allow you to review the program and register straight from your Smart Phone for the 2015 Mississippi Row Crop Short Course Nov. 30th – Dec. 2, 2015 at the Cotton Mill District in

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2015 Row Crop Short Course

🕔13:21, 9.Oct 2015

The 2015 Row Crop Short Course will be held at the Cotton Mill Conference Center near the campus of Mississippi State University on November 30, December 1, and December 2 2015.  Please note that this is a new venue as

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2015 Delta Area Rice Growers Meeting: November 5, 2015

2015 Delta Area Rice Growers Meeting: November 5, 2015

🕔17:01, 1.Oct 2015

The 2015 Delta area/Bolivar Co. Rice Meeting will be held at the Bolivar Co. Extension office on November 5, 2015. Mississippi rice producers, industry professionals, and other interested parties are invited to listen to presentations from MSU research and Extension

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Mississippi State University Turn Row Talk – Clarksdale, August 25, 2015

Mississippi State University Turn Row Talk – Clarksdale, August 25, 2015

🕔14:57, 20.Aug 2015

An agronomic crops field day will be held at Stovall farms, west and north of Clarksdale on Oakhurst Stovall Road. The field day will be held at Mr. Pete Hunter’s farm shop beginning at 10 am. MSU Extension Specialists will be present to discuss topics in corn, cotton, grain sorghum, peanut, rice and soybean.

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