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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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Timing, Sugarcane Aphids and other Harvest Aid Considerations for Sorghum

Timing, Sugarcane Aphids and other Harvest Aid Considerations for Sorghum

🕔14:38, 14.Aug 2015

Many growers in the Mid-South apply a harvest aid to sorghum to facilitate combine efficiency. Although it is possible to harvest sorghum without using a harvest aid, understanding the benefits of usage, along with adverse consequences, will help you implement a practical plan that will enhance your sorghum harvest.

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Terminating Spider Mite Sprays in Mid-South Cotton

Terminating Spider Mite Sprays in Mid-South Cotton

🕔07:40, 13.Aug 2015

There has always been a struggle with properly defining the correct cutoff for spider mites in cotton in the Mid-South region. For years we always loosely considered Node Above White Flower 5 (NAWF5 = Cutout) and 650 heat units the

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Soybean Disease Update: August 8, 2015

Soybean Disease Update: August 8, 2015

🕔11:48, 8.Aug 2015

Soybean disease continues to be observed throughout the MS soybean production system. Frogeye leaf spot, root-knot nematode, and a first report of soybean rust occurred over the past 7 days. In addition, widespread fungicide phytotoxicity has been observed in numerous fields due to the hot and humid conditions.

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Dectes Stem Borer: Biology, Damage, and Management in Soybeans

Dectes Stem Borer: Biology, Damage, and Management in Soybeans

🕔09:49, 8.Aug 2015

There have been numerous calls and questions about Dectes Stem Borer over the last few years. It seems that numbers are increasing each year. This is not surprising when you consider the biology of the insect coupled with an increase in soybean acres in MS.

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Pheromone Trap Counts, August 7, 2015

Pheromone Trap Counts, August 7, 2015

🕔14:12, 7.Aug 2015

Bollworm pheromone trap counts finally started to go down a little this week, likely signalling the end of the generation that passed through corn. However, enough moths were still caught to potentially cause economic losses in some areas. Tobacco budworm

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Soybean Loopers and the Effect of Defoliation on Yield

Soybean Loopers and the Effect of Defoliation on Yield

🕔12:43, 2.Aug 2015

We have been getting calls on loopers showing up in soybean for about 2 weeks. In recent days there have been reports of defoliation exceeding 20% or numbers exceeding threshold in some areas in the central to southern part of the state. The bulk of our soybean loopers typically show mid to late August or even into September so this is a little early but certainly not unusual. Soybean loopers are migratory and work their way north each year from southern latitudes. Early arrival could be due to a number of reasons.

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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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Soybean disease update: July 31, 2015

Soybean disease update: July 31, 2015

🕔09:40, 1.Aug 2015

The diseases present in the soybean crop have increased over the past several weeks. Cercospora blight and frogye leaf spot continue to be observed throughout much of MS. Fungicide phytotoxicity continues to be one of the hot topics of the 2015 season with numerous fields having received specific fungicide products that resulted in a foliar injury due to the extreme temperatures.

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When Should I Start Corn Harvest?

When Should I Start Corn Harvest?

🕔17:07, 31.Jul 2015

Corn harvest will be upon us soon and anticipation is building. However, we still need to get this corn crop out of the field and safely deliver it to market. The optimal timing to successfully harvest your corn crop may vary depending on several factors.

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  • Soybean Harvest Aids

    Several calls have come in over the last week regarding soybean harvest aid options for various scenarios. In some cases, fields have been observed with varying degrees of maturity. In ...
  • Sugarcane Aphid Control with Falling Temperatures

    In 2014 we saw two incidents of less than satisfactory control with Transform on sugarcane aphids in grain sorghum across a broad geography. At the time we were mixing a ...
  • Pheromone Trap Counts, August 28. 2015

    Bollworm trap catches remained similar to last week, which is somewhat lower than average for this time of year. Tobacco budworm trap catches were somewhat higher this week. As most ...
  • Pheromone Trap Counts, August 21, 2015

    Bollworm moth trap catches were slightly higher in most counties this week but are generally lower than average counts for this time of year. Tobacco budworm moths continued to be ...
  • Defoliating Caterpillars in Peanuts

    We have had numerous calls over the last 2 weeks about caterpillars in peanut from all around the state. In every case, the calls have involved a complex of multiple species including bollworm/tobacco budworm, cutworms, armyworms, saltmarsh caterpillar, loopers, and rednecked peanut worm. ...
  • 3rd Annual Mississippi Sweetpotato Field Day Program- August 27th

    Mississippi State University will host its 3rd Annual Sweetpotato Field Day Thursday August 27 at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station (8320 Hwy 15 S., Pontotoc, MS 38863).  Registration is ...

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