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Late-Season Water Use in Peanut

Late-Season Water Use in Peanut

🕔15:22, 17.Aug 2015

Water is an issue that has been on everyone’s mind this year and for many of us, it has not been our friend. It was wet early, keeping us from getting in the field for land preparation and planting. Since

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Cotton Irrigation Termination

🕔15:59, 14.Aug 2015

As we progress through the second week of August and white flowers continue to climb cotton stalks throughout the state, several calls have come in regarding irrigation termination in cotton.  Our general recommendation is as follows: Furrow irrigation:  Terminate irrigation

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Late-Season Soybean Growth Stages

Late-Season Soybean Growth Stages

🕔20:05, 1.Aug 2015

Corn harvest is begining across the Delta and early-planted soybean harvest won’t be far behind.  Identifying late-season soybean growth stages is important for a number of considerations, such as irrigation termination and harvest aid/desiccation timing decisions. Growth Stage R6- Full

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Reminder – MSU DREC Rice Field Day – July 30, 2015

Reminder – MSU DREC Rice Field Day – July 30, 2015

🕔20:14, 26.Jul 2015

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

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Pipe Planner Success Stories

Pipe Planner Success Stories

🕔15:35, 16.Jul 2015

Early this spring we received a call from a grower requesting assistance irrigating a new property he had acquired. Historically the property had been in a rice/soybean rotation.  As you can see by the elevation map, the property was not

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Soil Moisture Sensor Field Day Tomorrow!

🕔09:24, 15.Jul 2015

Mississippi State University Extension has planned two soil moisture sensor field days for July and early August.  Attendees will view demonstrations and presentations of the agronomic advantages of utilizing soil moisture sensors to trigger row crop irrigation presented by Dr.

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When Is the Corn Crop Made?

When Is the Corn Crop Made?

🕔15:11, 10.Jul 2015

Considering the abundant rainfall during the July 4th week and the crop progressing closer to maturity, some are likely wondering whether if the 2015 corn crop is finished. This article discusses how to make that call and determine timing for irrigation termination.

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Soil Moisture Sensor Field Days Starting July 16th.

🕔20:26, 7.Jul 2015

Mississippi State University Extension has planned two soil moisture sensor field days for July and early August.  Attendees will view demonstrations and presentations of the agronomic advantages of utilizing soil moisture sensors to trigger row crop irrigation presented by Dr.

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Don’t Forget, Monsanto Water Conservation Field Day Tomorrow!

🕔11:18, 6.Jul 2015

The Monsanto Water Conservation Field Day hosted by Delta F.A.R.M. is tomorrow, Tuesday, July 7th at Simmons Planting Company and Murrell Farms in Washington County, MS. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Simmons Planting Company and conclude at

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Surge Valve Update/P&R Jr. III Controller Limitations

Surge Valve Update/P&R Jr. III Controller Limitations

🕔09:43, 2.Jul 2015

P&R Surge Systems manufacture two surge valve controllers, the Star and the Jr.III.  The Star controller is totally digital and much more flexible in programming.  The Jr.III, being the more economic controller, lacks many of the features as of the

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Rice Irrigation with Safe AWD.

Rice Irrigation with Safe AWD.

🕔11:55, 1.Jul 2015

This year we are conducting nine rice irrigation Extension demonstration trials across the Delta.  To demonstrate the value of maintaining a less than full flood, we are utilizing a Pani Pipe and soil moisture probes to time irrigation events.  Research

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Mid-Season Rice Update

Mid-Season Rice Update

🕔15:13, 19.Jun 2015

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

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

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

🕔14:29, 19.Jun 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.

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What is going on!

What is going on!

🕔05:31, 19.Jun 2015

With the use of irrigation moisture sensors increasing in Mississippi, growers are reporting that their moisture sensor values are remaining high after an irrigation event.  Growers are confused and frustrated that irrigation water is just not getting in the ground. 

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Tillage Study on Sealing Soils Results look Promising.

🕔05:25, 19.Jun 2015

Here are the results of one of our tillage studies where we tilled the middles with a parabolic anhydrous knife at layby in soybeans vs an untilled check.  The moisture sensors had been in the ground for a number of

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Understanding Surge Valve Setup

🕔20:42, 9.Jun 2015

We are having lots of questions concerning the proper set up of surge valves. First,   please consider some of the basic terminology associated with furrow irrigation with surge valves. We encourage you to visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46sSLFBUrh8       and view the video

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New Data Available on Sealing Soils

New Data Available on Sealing Soils

🕔10:34, 5.Jun 2015

If you farm old traditional cotton soils, most likely you have recognized that irrigation water tends to run down the row, racing to the tail ditch.  If you have noticed this, you have a “sealing soil”.  If you are using

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Watermark Sensors, Calculating Soil Moisture for Irrigation Initiation.

🕔10:34, 5.Jun 2015

With irrigation season ramping up quickly, Mississippi State University Extension Service has lots of expertise and programs available to assist with your needs. One tool that we are using to better assess soil moisture and schedule appropriate irrigation is Watermark™

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MSU-DREC Rice Field Day – July 30, 2015

MSU-DREC Rice Field Day – July 30, 2015

🕔15:36, 27.May 2015

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

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Identification of Sealing Soils

🕔10:11, 20.May 2015

Surface sealing in the Mississippi Delta typically occurs in soils that have a low clay and organic matter content but have a high silt fraction, i.e., most of our silt loam soils. Surface sealing, from an irrigation management standpoint, is

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Moisture Sensor’s Role in Irrigation Initiation.

Moisture Sensor’s Role in Irrigation Initiation.

🕔14:54, 19.May 2015

Last week Dr. Eric Larson wrote an excellent article dealing with corn irrigation initiation.  At that time, a few growers had already begun to irrigate.  Dr. Larson stressed the importance of accurately assessing soil moisture verses leaf wilting when determining

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When Should I Start Irrigating My Corn?

When Should I Start Irrigating My Corn?

🕔10:05, 15.May 2015

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.

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Soybean Management Symposium Series: February 25 and 26, 2015 Dates CANCELED

🕔14:41, 24.Feb 2015

The previously scheduled Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board seminar dates in Tunica, Verona, and Macon for Wednesday (2/25) and Thursday (2/26) have been CANCELED due to the potential for inclement weather over the next 36 hours. Future dates will be listed on the Mississippi Crop Situation Blog and locations will likely not change. Please stay tuned for further announcements.

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Soybean Management Symposium Series: Future Dates (2/25 Tunica, MS; 2/26 Verona (morning); 2/26 Macon, MS (afternoon))

🕔15:40, 18.Feb 2015

Three more opportunities exist for ag-related personnel to attend the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board sponsored seminar series on nutrition management, nematode sampling and management, and irrigation practices. Meetings are scheduled next week in Tunica (2/25; 9 am), Verona (2/26; 9 am), and Macon (2/26; 2:30 pm).

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2015 Riser Participants Needed.

2015 Riser Participants Needed.

🕔19:50, 9.Feb 2015

The RISER program is designed to assist producers in reducing water use while maintaining yield and profitability. Growers participating in the RISER program agree to allow  the MSU researcher to manage the irrigation decisions on one field while the producer

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