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2016 Row Crop Short Course

🕔16:30, 21.Oct 2016

On behalf of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, we would like to cordially invite you to attend the 2016 Row Crop Short Course to be held at the Cotton Mill Conference Center near the campus of Mississippi State University

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2016 Mid-South Cotton Defoliation Guide

🕔14:09, 23.Sep 2016

Although a large number of cotton acres have received at least one application of harvest aid, many acres still are in need of a second harvest aid application.  For those still waiting to make a first harvest aid application, keep in

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Cotton Varieties Planted Report

Cotton Varieties Planted Report

🕔14:03, 23.Sep 2016

The USDA-AMS has released it’s 2016 cotton varieties planted report.  The report in it’s entirety can be accessed clicking the following: 2016 Cotton Varieties Planted Report The top 10 planted varieties in Mississippi are given below:

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Cotton Disease Update: August 19, 2016

Cotton Disease Update: August 19, 2016

🕔21:04, 19.Aug 2016

Due in large part to the continued wet weather, cotton diseases have been on the increase over the past two weeks. Boll rot, bacterial blight and target spot have all been observed throughout the MS cotton production system.

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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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Cotton Fruit Shedding – 3 Weeks of Pain

Cotton Fruit Shedding – 3 Weeks of Pain

🕔17:25, 12.Aug 2016

Cotton in many areas of the state has been shedding fruit for the past two to three weeks.  Prior to the onset of this shed, many fields were retaining greater than 90% of the total fruiting forms.  First and foremost,

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Managing Late Season Cotton Growth

Managing Late Season Cotton Growth

🕔15:27, 5.Aug 2016

A number of calls have came in this week regarding management of late season cotton growth.  For the greater part of the growing season, fruit retention has been outstanding in the 2016 MS cotton crop.  However, about two weeks ago

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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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Potassium Deficiency in Cotton

Potassium Deficiency in Cotton

🕔14:01, 15.Jul 2016

Cotton is blooming throughout Mississippi and a large portion of the crop is in good to excellent shape.  In addition, fruit retention is very good in most cases.  Once cotton begins to square and progresses into bloom, nutrient demands alter

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Plant Growth Regulator Use in Cotton

Plant Growth Regulator Use in Cotton

🕔08:45, 9.Jul 2016

Plant growth regulator use has become commonplace in cotton production over the past 30 years.  However, as PGRs have become inexpensive, over application has occurred in some instances.  While some areas of the state have enjoyed adequate rainfall this year,

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Chlorotic (Yellow) Coloration in Cotton

Chlorotic (Yellow) Coloration in Cotton

🕔11:20, 2.Jul 2016

The 4th of July is very commonly associated with blooms appearing in Mississippi cotton.  Some cotton is already blooming in the state while some will certainly be after the 4th of July.  As cotton begins to set squares and eventually

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Managing Cotton After Uneven Emergence

Managing Cotton After Uneven Emergence

🕔08:11, 11.Jun 2016

Numerous instances have been observed this year where multiple growth stages of cotton occur in the same field and in some instances in the same row.  This situation can present management challenges throughout the season.  The following points are offered

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What is An Acceptable Final Plant Population in Cotton?

What is An Acceptable Final Plant Population in Cotton?

🕔15:36, 3.Jun 2016

This planting season has been challenging for a number of reasons.  Cool, wet weather in early May gave way to very dry weather for several weeks thereafter in many areas of the state.  Emergence problems have been observed in several areas

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How Long Will Residual Herbicides Remain on the Soil Surface Without an Activating Rainfall?

How Long Will Residual Herbicides Remain on the Soil Surface Without an Activating Rainfall?

🕔14:36, 3.Jun 2016

Spring weather has proven challenging once again in 2016.  Cool, wet conditions persisted into early May with planting not really getting started on a broad scale until late in the first week of May or the beginning of the second

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Thrips Pressure Starting off Heavy in MS Cotton

Thrips Pressure Starting off Heavy in MS Cotton

🕔20:37, 20.May 2016

Calls about thrips treatments in seedling cotton have been picking up substantially this week. As ryegrass and other ditchbank hosts begin to dry down, thrips numbers will likely increase in the next couple weeks. The 100% chance of rain today (5/20) now

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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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2016 Cotton Maturity Guide

2016 Cotton Maturity Guide

🕔07:52, 3.Mar 2016

There are a number of factors to consider when selecting a cotton variety which includes variety performance, traits contained within that variety, and seed treatment package.  However, as a whole, maturity of a given variety is not given a tremendous

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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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Cotton Variety Placement and Management

🕔10:05, 2.Mar 2016

As everyone knows, cotton varieties are being introduced and pulled from the market quicker than ever before.  The speed with which varieties come and go can make it very difficult to determine where to place a given variety and how

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Mid-South Farm and Gin Show Press Release

🕔10:22, 20.Feb 2016

Mid-South Farm and Gin Show convenes in Memphis February 26 If you didn’t get a new tractor, combine or other piece of machinery for Christmas, the perfect opportunity to see the latest models is right around the corner. The 64th

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2016 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show

🕔10:21, 20.Feb 2016

The venue is the Cook Convention Center, Memphis. All available footage is taken, every inch of the Convention Center, as well as the sidewalk outside the Center on Main Street in Memphis, is filled with exhibits, machinery, equipment, and products

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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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Managing PPO-resistant Palmer Amaranth in Mississippi Cotton

Managing PPO-resistant Palmer Amaranth in Mississippi Cotton

🕔06:37, 4.Feb 2016

Managing Palmer amaranth with multiple resistance to glyphosate, ALS, and PPO herbicides in cotton will be complicated, but control will be possible.

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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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