Mid-Season Rice Update

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I would like to call this a midseason rice update, but in actuality we have rice in Mississippi ranging from one leaf to late boot in places, but most of the rice crop should be at or reaching mid-season.  Similar to 2014, our planting progress was spread out from a typical year.  Most of the central . . . → Read More: Mid-Season Rice Update

Mississippi State University Turn Row Field Day: Clarksdale, MS July 9, 2015

An agronomic crops field day will be held at Cliff Heaton farms, just east of the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 6. The field day will be held in the cotton field on the south side of the road. MSU Extension Specialists will be present to discuss topics in corn, cotton, grain sorghum, peanut, rice and soybean. . . . → Read More: Mississippi State University Turn Row Field Day: Clarksdale, MS July 9, 2015

Cotton Nutrient Deficiency – Boron

Boron is a micronutrient that plays a role in cell wall structure and the formation of proteins within plants.  Boron deficiency is more common in younger leaf tissue toward the top of the cotton plant.  Deficiency symptoms may appear as distorted and/or stunted terminals; abnormal uppermost leaves, and aborted flowers.  Additional deficiency symptoms may appear as . . . → Read More: Cotton Nutrient Deficiency – Boron

Identifying Corn Reproductive Growth Stages and Management Implications

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Corn reproductive stages generally comprise about 60 days for corn hybrids grown in Mississippi at normal planting dates. Identification of these stages is critical for making prudent management decisions and anticipating crop response to practices and environmental conditions. . . . → Read More: Identifying Corn Reproductive Growth Stages and Management Implications

How much Nitrogen have I Lost from Saturated Soils?

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Abundant rainfall has soaked corn fields for extended time during April and late May, exposing nitrogen fertilizer to potential loss. This article gives guidelines for estimating potential N loss. . . . → Read More: How much Nitrogen have I Lost from Saturated Soils?

What is Appropriate Timing for the “Tassel Shot” on Corn?

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More growers are implementing different “tassel shot” inputs as part of their corn management program. Wet weather and other issues may further complicate application timing of such inputs. This article discusses whether specific timing makes a big difference or not? . . . → Read More: What is Appropriate Timing for the “Tassel Shot” on Corn?

MSU-DREC Rice Field Day – July 30, 2015

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The MSU-DREC Rice Producer Field Day will be held in conjunction with the annual Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Summer Rice Grower Meeting this year on the afternoon of July 30 at the Capps Center in Stoneville..  The Farm Bureau meeting will begin with lunch at noon, followed by the program beginning at 1 pm.  Guest speakers . . . → Read More: MSU-DREC Rice Field Day – July 30, 2015

Reminder: Scout Schools Start Next Week

Mississippi State University will be hosting 5 scout schools this year. We have transitioned over the years to make these trainings much more diverse than insect pest alone. This year we will be including insects, disease, fertility, weed identification, and herbicide systems. There will be numerous hands on displays of insects, weeds, nutrient deficiencies in all . . . → Read More: Reminder: Scout Schools Start Next Week

How to Determine Growth Stages of Young Corn or Sorghum

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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

Use a Sound Corn Nitrogen Strategy to Combat Rainy Weather

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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