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Soybean Disease Update: August 16, 2014 (UPDATED)

Severe frogeye leaf spot.

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)

Sweetpotato Field Day Program- August 20th

Mississippi State University will host its Second Annual Sweetpotato Field Day on Wednesday August 20th at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station (8320 Hwy 15 S., Pontotoc, MS 38863).  The program for the field day is below.  Please contact Stephen Meyers with any questions at smeyers@ext.msstate.edu or 662.489.4621.

Sweetpotato Field . . . → Read More: Sweetpotato Field Day Program- August 20th

Soybean Disease Update: August 1, 2014

Brick red fungal structures (perithecia) associated with red crown rot.

Soybean diseases continue to be observed throughout MS. Brown spot, aerial web blight, frogeye leaf spot, Cercospora blight are the predominant foliar diseases observed at present. In addition, several root diseases are becoming apparent from fields across the state. . . . → Read More: Soybean Disease Update: August 1, 2014

What Should You do about Late Southern Corn Rust?

Southern rust of corn.

Southern corn rust continues to be observed throughout MS. We continue to receive calls regarding late fungicide applications (> R4/R5) to reduce yield losses attributed to southern rust. Numerous myths regarding the disease have been widely spread throughout the MS corn production area including death of a corn plant in as fast as 7 days following southern rust infection and lodging as a result of heavy southern rust infection. . . . → Read More: What Should You do about Late Southern Corn Rust?

North Mississippi Research and Extension Center’s Agronomic Row Crops Field Day on Thursday, August 7

The North Mississippi Research and Extension Center’s Agronomic Row Crops Field Day on Thursday, August 7 will present the latest research to the area’s row-crop farmers and consultants. The field day will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lee County Agri-Center Magnolia Conference Center on Highway 145 South in Verona.
. . . → Read More: North Mississippi Research and Extension Center’s Agronomic Row Crops Field Day on Thursday, August 7

Rice Leaf Blast Confirmed in Mississippi

Typical symptomology of rice leaf blast

Typical symptomology of rice leaf blast

Last week’s weather pattern in the Delta provided near perfect conditions for rice blast (Pyricularia grisea) to occur.  Rice blast is generally categorized by the plant part infected (e.g., leaf, neck, panicle).  Blast favors mild humid weather, frequent rainfall, and extended periods of leaf wetness.  On susceptible cultivars, yield loss . . . → Read More: Rice Leaf Blast Confirmed in Mississippi

Checking peanuts? Take your shovel! Unlikely southern blight* expression found in south Delta.

Yesterday we found our first southern blight* damage to peanuts for 2014. The timing is not unusual, we generally start finding the disease when the crop canopy closes. What is unusual is where on the plants the disease was found.

Jason and I were in a large field of peanuts between Tchula and Greenwood. An occasional plant . . . → Read More: Checking peanuts? Take your shovel! Unlikely southern blight* expression found in south Delta.

Foliar Soybean Disease Update: July 20, 2014

Target spot of soybean.  Note the yellow halo around lesions typified by concentric rings.

Foliar diseases of soybean continue to be observed throughout the state. At present, no soybean rust has been detected in Mississippi. However, aerial web blight, downy mildew, frogeye leaf spot, and target spot have all been observed in light to severe situations depending on field location. . . . → Read More: Foliar Soybean Disease Update: July 20, 2014

Vulnerability of Corn to Late-Season Issues?

Southern rust

Corn is not immune to yield loss until physiological maturity occurs. However, it is not nearly as vulnerable during late reproductive stages. This article includes a chart which should substantially help assess the risk of potential corn yield reduction during late reproductive stages. . . . → Read More: Vulnerability of Corn to Late-Season Issues?

Cotton Bacterial Blight Update: July 18, 2014 (UPDATED 7/28/2014)

Additional bacterial blight has been observed in the MS cotton production system. At present, 12 counties have been reported to contain infected cotton. . . . → Read More: Cotton Bacterial Blight Update: July 18, 2014 (UPDATED 7/28/2014)