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Not all Boll Rots are caused by Bacterial Blight

Boll rot as a result of Fusarium (as indicated by the pink growth of fungal structures on the boll).

Boll rot appeared to be a common occurrence in numerous cotton fields at the end of the 2014 season. However, not all boll rot can be attributed to bacterial blight, especially in situations where the disease was not observed prior to harvest. Secondary fungal infection can ultimately obscure the observable boll symptoms associated with bacterial blight. Keep this in mind when scouting fields at the end of the season as bacterial blight boll lesions can oftentimes be obscured by secondary fungal invaders. . . . → Read More: Not all Boll Rots are caused by Bacterial Blight

2014 Row Crop Short Course

On behalf of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, we would like to cordially invite you to attend the 2014 Row Crop Short Course to be held at the Bost Extension Center on the campus of Mississippi State University from December 1st – 3rd, 2014.

On-line registration is available at: http://msucares.com/rowcrops/shortcourse/index.html.

Pre-registration is free of . . . → Read More: 2014 Row Crop Short Course

2014 Cotton Defoliation Guide

Defoliation season is upon us and as such, the 2014 Mid-South Defoliation Guide has been updated and is ready for use.  Those who have worked with cotton fully understand the challenges associated with defoliation.  Further compounding an already difficult task is the forecast of uncertain weather over the next several days.  The 2014 Cotton Defoliation Guide . . . → Read More: 2014 Cotton Defoliation Guide

When is it safe to Apply a Grain Sorghum Harvest Aid and what to Expect?

Sorghum Heads

Many growers in the Mid-South apply a herbicide shortly prior to sorghum harvest to facilitate combine efficiency and suitable grain moisture. This season, this issue is even more critically important because of severe harvest problems potentially created by White Sugarcane aphid infestation. This article will discuss appropriate timing and potential outcome of such harvest aid applications.

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Last Effective Bloom Date in Cotton

The last effective bloom date is the last date that a white flower will accumulate enough heat units to mature into a harvestable boll.  Generally speaking it takes 850 heat units for a white flower to mature into a harvestable boll.  Using 30-year historical weather data from the National Climatic Data Center, the last effective bloom . . . → Read More: Last Effective Bloom Date in Cotton

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

How Can I Estimate Corn Yield?

Dent_Stage_Ear

Would you like to estimate your corn yield prior to the combine heading to the field? If you are willing to put in a little time, you can develop a reasonable yield estimate by following these guidelines. . . . → Read More: How Can I Estimate Corn Yield?

Identifying Corn Reproductive Growth Stages and Management Implications

Silk Stage

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

Identifying Wheat Growth Stages using the Feekes Scale

Feekes Growth Stage Chart for Wheat

The Feekes scale is likely the most commonly used system to describe wheat and other small grain’s growth and development stages. Understanding of wheat plant development is important so that you may better time management inputs to optimize crop response. This article helps you identify specific wheat growth stages. . . . → Read More: Identifying Wheat Growth Stages using the Feekes Scale

Future of Agriculture Graduate Student Competition Results

2014 Flyer

The results from the Second Annual Future of Ag Graduate Student Competition are included in this post. . . . → Read More: Future of Agriculture Graduate Student Competition Results