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When Should I Start Irrigating My Corn?

Furrow Irrigation

The recent stretch of dry weather has prompted much conversation about the proper time to initiate irrigation for corn. This scenario usually generates a lot more anxiety than necessary because early season wilting is certainly not something we are very accustomed to. . . . → Read More: When Should I Start Irrigating My Corn?

Video – How to Identify Corn Vegetative Growth Stages

V6 growth stage corn is beginning rapid growth and leaves little margin for error for postemergence herbicide application.

This is a video showing the methods used to determine the vegetative growth stages of corn or sorghum in the field. Further information can be found in the accompanying Mississipp Crop Situation blog article. . . . → Read More: Video – How to Identify Corn Vegetative Growth Stages

How to Determine Growth Stages of Young Corn or Sorghum

V4 Growth Stage

Vegetative growth stages of corn or sorghum are determined by counting the number of fully emerged leaves with leaf collars present. This methodology can be used to anticipate growth and determine appropriate timing of many management decisions, including herbicide application, sidedress fertilizer, etc…. . . . → Read More: How to Determine Growth Stages of Young Corn or Sorghum

Use a Sound Corn Nitrogen Strategy to Combat Rainy Weather

Ponded Water

Abundant spring rainfall can create havoc with corn nitrogen management by delaying fertilizer application and also promote massive nitrogen loss. These strategies should help enhance crop response during challenging conditions. . . . → Read More: Use a Sound Corn Nitrogen Strategy to Combat Rainy Weather

Wheat Disease Update: April 24, 2015

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For the most part the Mississippi wheat crop is clean with regards to foliar diseases. However, some important issues are occurring that need to be addressed with regards to Fusarium head blight, stem maggot feeding, and general herbicide injury as these three issues can easily be confused with one another at the field level. . . . → Read More: Wheat Disease Update: April 24, 2015

Grain Sorghum Planting and Seeding Recommendations

Grain Sorghum

Strong markets are driving Mississippi growers to plant a lot more grain sorghum than what could have been, considering the recent development of Sugarcane aphids as a threat to sorghum production. This article gives guidelines for getting your sorghum crop off to a good start. . . . → Read More: Grain Sorghum Planting and Seeding Recommendations

Are We Going to Get this Corn Crop Planted?

Planting Date Study

Much like the last 2-years, as rains delay corn planting progress, more concerns arise regarding whether you will have ample opportunity to plant your corn crop in a suitable time window. This article states new guidelines for late corn plantings based upon recent MSU research. . . . → Read More: Are We Going to Get this Corn Crop Planted?

2015 MSU Grain Sorghum Hybrid Suggestions

Sorghum Heads

This effort lists those grain sorghum hybrids which have demonstrated superior productivity in the MSU MAFES Grain Sorghum Hybrid Trials and neighboring University trials. This information should help you pick well-suited sorghum hybrids for Mississippi.
. . . → Read More: 2015 MSU Grain Sorghum Hybrid Suggestions

Identifying Wheat Growth Stages using the Feekes Scale

Feekes Growth Stage Chart for Wheat

The Feekes scale is likely the most commonly used system to describe wheat and other small grain’s growth and development stages. Understanding of wheat plant development is important so that you may better time management inputs to optimize crop response. This article helps you identify specific wheat growth stages. . . . → Read More: Identifying Wheat Growth Stages using the Feekes Scale

2015 Spring Nitrogen Fertilizer Recommendations for Wheat

Nitrogen deficiency is more prominent on lower leaves and begins at leaf tips.

Environmental factors play a substantial role in nitrogen fertilization for wheat producers in the Mid-south. This article gives guidelines for getting optimal wheat response to your nitrogen fertilizer. . . . → Read More: 2015 Spring Nitrogen Fertilizer Recommendations for Wheat