Events Calendar

May  2015
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
   
  1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Cotton Planting Progress

Well over half of the 2015 cotton crop has been planted and a large proportion of that amount is up to a good stand.  Areas in the north Delta received rainfall over the past weekend and some earlier this week.  However, as you move south from Clarksdale toward Greenwood and Yazoo City many folks are either . . . → Read More: Cotton Planting Progress

Mississippi Cotton – New Yield Record in 2014

Mississippi cotton growers produced a tremendous crop in 2014.  The USDA recently revised production statistics for Mississippi and Mississippi growers once again set a new yield record.  Averaged over the entire state, Mississippi produced 1232 pounds of lint per acre which exceeds the previous yield record (from 2013) by 29 pounds per acre.  Since 2001, Mississippi . . . → Read More: Mississippi Cotton – New Yield Record in 2014

When Should I Start Irrigating My Corn?

Furrow Irrigation

The recent stretch of dry weather has prompted much conversation about the proper time to initiate irrigation for corn. This scenario usually generates a lot more anxiety than necessary because early season wilting is certainly not something we are very accustomed to. . . . → Read More: When Should I Start Irrigating My Corn?

Video – How to Identify Corn Vegetative Growth Stages

V6 growth stage corn is beginning rapid growth and leaves little margin for error for postemergence herbicide application.

This is a video showing the methods used to determine the vegetative growth stages of corn or sorghum in the field. Further information can be found in the accompanying Mississipp Crop Situation blog article. . . . → Read More: Video – How to Identify Corn Vegetative Growth Stages

How to Determine Growth Stages of Young Corn or Sorghum

V4 Growth Stage

Vegetative growth stages of corn or sorghum are determined by counting the number of fully emerged leaves with leaf collars present. This methodology can be used to anticipate growth and determine appropriate timing of many management decisions, including herbicide application, sidedress fertilizer, etc…. . . . → Read More: How to Determine Growth Stages of Young Corn or Sorghum

Cotton Plant Populations and Re-Plant Decision Making

The 2015 crop has been planted and is emerging very quickly thus far and environmental conditions have been very favorable for the past week.  If environmental conditions continue, the likelihood of re-plants is minimal.  However, keep the following in mind if you are facing a re-plant situation.  Research conducted at Mississippi State indicates that plant populations . . . → Read More: Cotton Plant Populations and Re-Plant Decision Making

Rapidly Emerging Cotton and Herbicide Use

Several calls have came in this week regarding cotton emerging quicker than anticipated and not having a residual, PRE herbicide applied yet.  Growers are racing to get this crop in the ground and some are finding it difficult to get this crop planted and sprayed prior to emergence.  More specifically, several folks have inquired about using . . . → Read More: Rapidly Emerging Cotton and Herbicide Use

Cotton Planting Progress

Cotton planting began during the last few days in April in most areas of the state and really kicked into high gear beginning May 4.  Growers have covered as much or more ground in one week this year than in any other year that I have been at Mississippi State.  Needless to say, the 2015 cotton . . . → Read More: Cotton Planting Progress

Managing Stink Bugs in Seedling Corn

Over the last few weeks we have received numerous calls about brown stink bugs in seedling corn in the Delta region of the state. Stink bugs attack corn by feeding through the stem or even down in the whorl of small corn plants. Typically the area where they feed becomes chlorotic due to enzymes in their saliva. . . . → Read More: Managing Stink Bugs in Seedling Corn

Use a Sound Corn Nitrogen Strategy to Combat Rainy Weather

Ponded Water

Abundant spring rainfall can create havoc with corn nitrogen management by delaying fertilizer application and also promote massive nitrogen loss. These strategies should help enhance crop response during challenging conditions. . . . → Read More: Use a Sound Corn Nitrogen Strategy to Combat Rainy Weather