After harvest, you 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 attempts to address the pro’s and con’s of crop residue. . . . → Read More: Post-Harvest Crop Residue Management
There have been very few changes in the quarantine situation over the past few weeks. Litter can be hauled in Mississippi: with permits only. Within Wayne, Jones, Jasper, Perry, and Forrest counties, it may only be hauled from place to place in the county. Litter may be moved out from other production counties. NO LITTER may . . . → Read More: Mississippi Poultry Litter Transport Situation, July 8
MSU Extension Service and MAFES researchers have compiled the following suggestions and information regarding replanting and managing row crops after the flood. Also included is post-flood crop insurance information. . . . → Read More: After the Flood: Row Crop Replanting
Litter can be hauled in Mississippi: with permits only!
However in Wayne, Jones, Jasper, Perry, and Forrest counties, it may only be hauled from place to place within the county.
Litter may be moved out from other production counties.
Permits are required for all movements in other areas of Mississippi. NO LITTER may be moved between Mississippi and . . . → Read More: Some Poultry Litter Can Be Moved in Mississippi
The quarantine on poultry litter movement in Mississippi continues, however there are new, very specific guidelines for various locations in the poultry production area.
Call the Mississippi Board of Animal Health at 601-359-1170 or 888-646-8731 to determine the guidelines for your situation and the permitting requirements if transport is allowed.
This quarantine is in place due an . . . → Read More: It’s complicated . . . Poultry Litter Quarantine Update, May 27
Significant acreage in Mississippi will flood in the current event offering enormous challenges to families and homes. Much of the cropland in the affected region was already planted for the 2011 cropping season. As the waters recede, a new landscape for in both land and nutrient management will emerge. Much of our modern experience in post-flood . . . → Read More: Soil Management After the Flood in Mississippi
Tillage decisions for crop changes
There are about two-thirds the acres planted in annual crop production in Mississippi than in the circa 1980 era.
Annual Row Crop Harvested Acres
The eighteen Delta or partial Delta counties account for 80% of Mississippi planted acres, up from 70 to 75% in the pre-Conservation Reserve Program era. Therefore, most of the decline . . . → Read More: Tillage Issues With Changing Crops
Our warm and humid Mississippi climate makes nitrogen (N) fertilizer management challenging. Let’s review the basics about N terminology as various product claims fly about with some puzzling promotional material being used. Be sure that you know what is being discussed, and that the person/material discussing it is accurate.
Nitrogen transformations depend on soil moisture conditions, soil . . . → Read More: Know What They’re Saying About Nitrogen Fertilizers
The natural condition of most Mississippi soils is to become more acidic over time which reduces crop yields. From 1989 to 2009, just over half the soil samples analyzed by the MSU Extension Service Soil Testing Laboratory had pH values less than 5.9. Historically, most Delta soils have not been acidic or needed lime, however . . . → Read More: Liming Soils in Mississippi
The original Best Management Practice (BMP) for managing nutrients to maximize profitability and minimize potential environmental issues is soil testing.
This time of year is always exciting for Mississippi farmers; we’re past the winter (maybe. . .) and tractors are beginning to move. Land rentals, crop decisions, tillage systems, equipment decisions, variety selections, weed protection plans, . . . → Read More: Begin the Nutrient Management Season the Right Way