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Seed Treatments, In-Furrow Sprays, and Granules……What to do in Mississippi Field Corn

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Although every major field crop we grow in Mississippi is responsive to at planting insect protection; field corn is perhaps the most consistent. Why is this? At many of the winter meetings I hear the agronomists talking about maximizing yield of field corn. They mention numerous things that all protect yield such as planter speed, uniformity of seed . . . → Read More: Seed Treatments, In-Furrow Sprays, and Granules……What to do in Mississippi Field Corn

Future of Agriculture Graduate Student Competition Results

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The results from the Second Annual Future of Ag Graduate Student Competition are included in this post. . . . → Read More: Future of Agriculture Graduate Student Competition Results

Insect Trap Counts, August 30, 2013

Bollworm moth trap counts were lower at nearly every location this week compared to last week, indicating that bollworms are primarily in the larval stages at this time. Tobacco budworm trap counts were also low, so if a field is clean, new infestations should be minimal at . . . → Read More: Insect Trap Counts, August 30, 2013

Insect Pheromone Trap Counts, August 23, 2013

As is typical for this time of year, bollworm pheromone counts were higher this week, particularly in the Delta. These moths are presumably those that developed in corn ears, and will now be seeking out hosts for another generation, likely in cotton and late soybeans. Tobacco budworm counts were similar to last week across the state . . . → Read More: Insect Pheromone Trap Counts, August 23, 2013

Insect Pheromone Trap Counts, August 16, 2013

Trap counts were generally steady to slightly lower this week compared to last week for both bollworm and tobacco budworm. As has been the case all year, counts are higher than in 2012 but slightly lower than long-term average catches. Trap catches for the third straight week would suggest that worm populations in soybeans and non-Bt . . . → Read More: Insect Pheromone Trap Counts, August 16, 2013

Insect Pheromone Trap Counts, August 9, 2013

For the second week in a row, tobacco budworm counts are higher than average for this time of year. Bollworm catches were fairly typical for this time of year, so in non-Bt crops where both pests develop (like soybean), a substantial portion of the population is likely to be . . . → Read More: Insect Pheromone Trap Counts, August 9, 2013

Insect Pheromone Trap Counts August 2, 2013

Trap counts for tobacco budworm were sharply higher this week in the MS Delta for the first time this year. Bollworm counts were also somewhat higher in the Delta compared to last week. However, from a historical perspective bollworm counts are average while budworm counts are higher than average in the Delta. Meanwhile, in Northeastern MS, . . . → Read More: Insect Pheromone Trap Counts August 2, 2013

Insect Pheromone Trap Counts, July 26, 2013

As expected based on field observations, trap counts for bollworm were higher this week. They are not higher than historical averages, but are definitely high enough to cause economic infestations in some fields. Tobacco budworm pressure exists, but remains low, so most Heliothines found in crops will be bollworms. As corn begins to dry down, preferred oviposition sites will . . . → Read More: Insect Pheromone Trap Counts, July 26, 2013

Pheromone Trap Counts, July 19, 2013

Bollworm and tobacco budworm counts are lower in the Delta region this week compared to last week, while  this week’s trap catches in northeastern MS are similar to last week. As can be seen in the table, catches of both species are slightly lower than average densities for this week over the last 5 years. As the population currently . . . → Read More: Pheromone Trap Counts, July 19, 2013

Pheromone Trap Counts, July 12, 2013

Bollworm trap counts continue at levels similar to or slightly higher than the past several weeks. However tobacco budworm counts are sharply higher during the last two weeks in certain traps. This would suggest that any worm populations found in soybeans or non-Bt cotton will likely be a mix of bollworms and budworms. I continue to monitor . . . → Read More: Pheromone Trap Counts, July 12, 2013