As you look over your fields this winter, be thankful for the tons of potassium (K) present in every acre. It is the most abundant mineral macro-nutrient on earth, which is good because most crops utilize large quantities of it. Among other functions in plants, K is involved in the regulation of water uptake and utilization. . . . → Read More: There’s Good News About the Potassium in Your Soil
After harvest, you immediately face management decisions as you begin preparing fields for next year’s crop. Corn produces far more residue than most crops we are accustomed to, so it can cause considerable benefits or anxiety depending upon how you view it. This article addresses the pro’s and con’s of crop residue and associated management options, including burning. . . . → Read More: Burning Stalks – What does it Really Cost?
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.
Tune . . . → Read More: Soybean Minute Radio Program
Persistent rainfall has periodically saturated corn fields for several weeks this spring, prompting questions regarding potential nitrogen fertilizer loss. This article gives guidelines for estimating potential N loss. . . . → Read More: How to Estimate Nitrogen Loss resulting from Saturated Soils
Considering the persistent rainfall we have had this spring, it will likely be very important to optimize nitrogen fertilizer management this season. This newsletter discusses best management practices for corn nitrogen fertilization. These recommendations reduce the risk of nitrogen loss and can improve crop response when wet weather is prevalent during the spring. . . . → Read More: Tips to Improve Nitrogen Response for Mid-South Corn
Wet, saturated soils certainly complicate issues associated with nitrogen fertilization of wheat fields in the Mid-South, and we have had our fair share early this spring. This article gives guidelines for getting better wheat response to your fertilizer dollars. . . . → Read More: 2013 Spring Nitrogen Fertilizer Recommendations for Wheat
Start the process to become certified and register for the Certified Crop Adviser exams. Registration is now open for the February 1, 2013 examination date. Go to www.certifiedcropadviser.org/exams to learn more. In Mississippi, the exams will be administered at the Grenada County Extension Office. The deadline to register is December 7!
The exams, in addition to experience, . . . → Read More: Certified Crop Adviser Exam Registration is Open
I have been told in many places by many people that using poultry litter to fertilize crops spreads weed seeds. However, research by Auburn, the universities of Kentucky and Georgia, and most recently, Virginia Tech found this to be untrue. The only potential avenue of poultry litter conveying weed seed occurs when the litter is contaminated . . . → Read More: The Myth of Weed Seed in Poultry Litter
MSU Extension Service Publication 2647, Nutrient Management Guidelines for Agronomic Crops Grown in Mississippi, is now available. It includes:
Introduction to Nutrient Management
The Soils of Mississippi
Introduction to Soil Testing
Introduction to Inorganic Fertilizers
Lime, Liming Materials, and Regulations in Mississippi
Using Poultry Litter to Fertilize Agronomic Crops
Best Management Practices for Nutrients in Agronomic Crop Production
The manual also includes Mississippi . . . → Read More: Mississippi State Soil Fertility Manual Now Available
A disease issue and the response in 2011 led to litter supply issues at the beginning of the growing season. No problems are apparent at this time (late February). This report is specifically for cotton, but litter is an excellent source of nutrients for other crops.
Poultry litter has long been used to provide nutrients for pastures, . . . → Read More: Poultry Litter as a Cotton Fertilizer in 2012