This week marked the first reported appearances of sugarcane beetles in sweetpotato fields in Mississippi for the 2013 growing season. The sugarcane beetle is a relatively new pest of sweetpotato in Mississippi. However, in recent years, heavy sugarcane beetle populations have caused significant losses for some growers in Louisiana, as roots with sugarcane beetle damage are . . . → Read More: Sugarcane Beetle Reported in Sweetpotato.
Since the last update several new counties have been added to the list in MS. Currently we 33 counties positive for Kudzu Bugs. Out of the 33 counties, 21 have positive finds in soybeans. . . . → Read More: Mississippi Kudzu Bug Update: 9/27/2013
Virus-infected soybean material has been observed almost statewide this season. The high numbers of bean leaf beetles can be blamed for some of the observed viruses; however, bean leaf beetles are not the only insects that can vector soybean viruses between plants. This specific blog update presents information on the three most commonly encountered soybean viruses in the MS soybean production system. . . . → Read More: Soybean Viruses Cause Important Diseases too
This publication lists those wheat varieties which have demonstrated superior productivity in the MSU Wheat and Oat Variety Trials and summarizes their characteristics. This impartial information should help you better assess wheat varieties and pick those suited for your farm this season.
. . . → Read More: 2013 MSU Short List of Suggested Wheat Varieties
Soybean disease questions still consider to be raised throughout MS. Even though soybean rust has been detected in 45 counties to date it appears we will have another season where yield losses as a result of soybean rust will be extremely limited and may only have occurred in a handful of fields. When making plans for next year consider sampling for nematodes in light textured soil classes. In addition, planting a frogeye susceptible variety in several years in a continuous soybean system may increase the likelihood of frogeye causing substantial yield loss. . . . → Read More: Soybean Disease Update: September 21, 2013
While weeds can create problems for harvest equipment, many producers see the benefit of a harvest aid in creating a more rapid and efficient harvest in the absence of weeds . . . → Read More: Harvest Aid Options in Soybean
The United States Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Marketing Service recently released their 2013 cotton varieties planted report. Based on their numbers, ST 5458 B2F, ST 5288 B2F, DP 0912 B2RF, and PHY 499 WRF were the four most popular varieties planted in Mississippi. The chart below shows the top 12 varieties planted in Mississippi in . . . → Read More: 2013 Cotton Varieties Planted Report
Over the last month we have had numerous questions about terminating stink bug applications in late season soybeans. Typically we manage stink bugs until near harvest but there are several things to consider before making an application to control stink bugs in beans beyond R6 growth stage. . . . → Read More: Managing Late Season Stink Bugs in Mississippi Soybean
A common question that I have received from numerous consultants over the last several days is as follows. Hey don’t hammer me, but what happens if we mistakenly burned our corn stubble after we spread fall mixed good fertilizer and lime? At the speed in which we harvest and prepare for the next planting season in . . . → Read More: Stubble Burning after Fall Fertilization – Am I Ok?
Numerous questions have come in over the past few weeks regarding proper grain storage. Maintaining moisture below 15% is extremely important to reduce the likelihood of fungal growth. However, not all fungi that develop on harvested grain are problematic and toxin production is not something that can occur overnight. Even though fungi such as Aspergillus flavus can produce a green fungal growth on harvested grain not all fungi that grow on grain can be considered to be A. flavus. . . . → Read More: Storing Harvested Corn and what to Expect from High-Moisture Corn