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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

Reminder: Soybean Irrigation Termination Turnrow Talks – August 26, 2014

Plan to attend an upcoming Irrigation Termination Turnrow Talk on August 26, 2014 sponsored by the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board, Mississippi State University Extension Service, and stakeholder organizations of the Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task Force. Soybean producers will have the opportunity to learn how to determine the right time to end irrigation for the season . . . → Read More: Reminder: Soybean Irrigation Termination Turnrow Talks – August 26, 2014

Soybean Irrigation Termination

We have reached the point of the growing season where we have begun to terminate irrigation in soybean. When making this decision, the goal is to make sure that adequate soil moisture is available to ensure that the soybean seeds reach maximum size. Terminating irrigation too soon can result in decreased seed size which ultimately will . . . → Read More: Soybean Irrigation Termination

Cotton Irrigation Termination

As we approach the end of August, terminating cotton irrigation is on the mind of many folks.  In cotton, we recommend terminating furrow irrigation at first cracked boll.  If you anticipate bolls opening in the immediate future and have been dry for some time, a final irrigation event may be in order.  However, once bolls begin . . . → Read More: Cotton Irrigation Termination

Insect Trap Counts, August 22, 2014

This week’s bollworm trap catches were similar to slightly higher than last week, while tobacco budworm trap catches fell slightly for the week. The trap catches are typical for this time of year, so expect moderate worm pressure in all . . . → Read More: Insect Trap Counts, August 22, 2014

Bean Leaf Beetle Numbers Picking Up in Mississippi Soybeans

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Bean leaf beetle numbers have been increasing steadily over the last couple weeks. We have actually made bean leaf beetle targeted sprays on a number of acres in recent days. Yield loss is caused by defoliation and less frequently by pod feeding. Bean leaf beetles were once very easily controlled by very low rates of pyrethroid . . . → Read More: Bean Leaf Beetle Numbers Picking Up in Mississippi Soybeans

Soybean Disease Update: August 16, 2014 (UPDATED)

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Diseases of soybean continue to be observed throughout the MS production system. At present, soybean rust has not been detected within MS; however, we continue to scout for the presence of rust, as well as additional diseases of economic importance throughout sentinel plots as well as commercial soybean fields. Frogeye leaf spot, sudden death syndrome, stem canker, and aerial blight continue to be hot topics for most soybean farmers. . . . → Read More: Soybean Disease Update: August 16, 2014 (UPDATED)

Terminating Insect Sprays in Mississippi Soybeans

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We are quickly approaching that time of year where some of the earlier planted fields are turning color and others are approaching R6 vey quickly. Often times many of the insect pest we deal with “pile in” about this time and growers face the tough decision to treat when it may not pay back or try and race them to the end. We have devoted a lot of time and effort in recent years to evaluate and validate thresholds in soybeans under the current growing practices in Mississippi. Through these research efforts we have made several changes to insect thresholds and termination points for insect pest of soybeans in MS. . . . → Read More: Terminating Insect Sprays in Mississippi Soybeans

Bollworms in Dual Gene Bt Cotton: Control and Expectations

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Over the last 7 days we have had numerous reports of high bollworm numbers in some BollGard II, TwinLink, and WideStrike fields in the Mississippi Delta. We have seen fields in the past that reach treatable levels but some reports are much higher than we have seen in recent years. At this time there does not appear to be any specific varieties that are adversely affected more than others. It appears to be a function of high pressure in isolated areas at this time. . . . → Read More: Bollworms in Dual Gene Bt Cotton: Control and Expectations

Transform Section 18 Amendment Allows 3rd Application to Sorghum

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White sugarcane aphid continues to be a serious problem in grain sorghum fields across Mississippi and the Mid-South. Because this is a brand new pest, there are many questions still unanswered. The Mid-South Entomology Working Group is frantically working on this issue to provide answers. At this time Transform insecticide is the only product providing acceptable . . . → Read More: Transform Section 18 Amendment Allows 3rd Application to Sorghum