According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, 89% of the soybean acreage is planted as of the week ending June 8, 2014. At this time, 82% of the crop is emerged. The remaining acres to be planted will mostly consist of double-crop soybean behind wheat. At this time, Mississippiâ€™s soybean crop ranges from . . . → Read More: Soybean Crop Update and Replant Decisions
Planting progress on the 2014 cotton crop has certainly been more timely than in 2013; however, we still lag somewhat being a “normal” planting window. An issue that seems to be occurring on numerous farms this year is simultaneous cotton and pigweed emergence. This is happening for a couple of reasons. Over the last three weeks . . . → Read More: Simultaneous Cotton and Pigweed Emergence Issues
Several calls have come in this week regarding cotton re-plants. Making a call on re-plants is one of the most difficult aspects of crop production. However, several things should be considered when assessing a potential re-plant situation. The number of healthy plants in the field should be considered first and foremost. Based on research conducted by . . . → Read More: Cotton Re-Plant Decisions – Plant Populations
At planting time there are never enough hours in the day, or enough days between the last rain and the next rain. Especially when the weather has pushed the last possible planting date for the crop into â€œnext week’. So sometimes we try to get seeds into the ground even when conditions are not right. . . . → Read More: Peanut Emergence and Seed Diseases
Soybean and peanut inoculant are NOT the same. Make sure the product is designed specifically for peanuts and that it is a true inoculant.
Inoculant products contain living organisms. Store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. If using a liquid product, use non-chlorinated water as the carrier and make sure the tank is . . . → Read More: Early-Season Considerations in Peanut – Inoculants
Mississippi growers will likely plant far more acres to grain sorghum than previous years. This article outlines suggested seeding rates and other key planting tips for successful sorghum production. . . . → Read More: Seeding Rates and other Grain Sorghum Planting Tips
Many people ask why continue mundane planting date research donâ€™t we have enough. Truth is, when talking about items such as planting date, and soil testing data that will be modeled, there is never enough data. The more data you have, the better the recommendation we as agronomists can give a producer. From 2006 until his . . . → Read More: Rice Planting Date – Are We Too Late
I donâ€™t have to tell any of you the amount of rainfall we have had over the last several weeks. Most of the rainfall we have receiving has been high intensity rainfall (i.e. all coming down at once). High intensity rainfall followed by warm windy days can lead to significant soil compaction and crusting issues on . . . → Read More: Altered Corn Emergence – Compaction/Crusting Issues
Much like last year, as rains delay corn planting progress, more concerns arise regarding the appropriate “cut-off” date for planting corn. This article states new guidelines for late corn plantings based upon recent MSU research. . . . → Read More: What is the Cut-Off Date for Planting Corn?
Recently several groups in Mississippi came together and developed then adopted a set of Cooperative Standards for row crop farmers and beekeepers in an effort to increase awareness of pollinator’s and create an environment where each could coexist while minimizing any adverse conditions to either operation. As a part of that program the “Bee Aware” flag was . . . → Read More: “Bee Aware” Flags Ready for Distribution