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Lime Need and Value

Acid soils often need liming to aid crop growth and development. Fall applications provide more time for the lime to react with the soil, less stress on the human component, and better field conditions  for equipment operation.

Soil acidity problems rarely have dramatic visual symptoms. Affected areas are less hardy or vigorous in growth; the size of . . . → Read More: Lime Need and Value

Fall 2014 Lime Programs

With harvest beginning, it is time to think about the next crop. Fall liming allows time for the soil to react before the next summer crop is planted, and takes advantage of the (usually) drier conditions for field operations.

Soil pH measures soil acidity, the master variable of soil fertility. Technically pH is the concentration of hydrogen . . . → Read More: Fall 2014 Lime Programs

Tips to Improve Nitrogen Response for Mid-South Corn

Corn vegetative growth

Considering the abundant rainfall we experienced during April and typically have, it is usually very important to optimize nitrogen fertilizer management. 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

There’s Good News About the Potassium in Your Soil

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

Burning Stalks – What does it Really Cost?

Burning Corn Stalks

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?

Soybean Minute Radio Program

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

How to Estimate Nitrogen Loss resulting from Saturated Soils

Ponded Water

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

2013 Spring Nitrogen Fertilizer Recommendations for Wheat

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

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

Certified Crop Adviser Exam Registration is Open

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

The Myth of Weed Seed in Poultry Litter

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