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2014 Cotton Varieties Planted Report

The USDA released their 2014 Cotton Varieties Planted Report on September 12, 2014.  Stoneville 4946 GLB2 was the top planted variety in Mississippi this year followed by Phytogen 499 WRF and ST 5289 GLT.  The entire report may be accessed using the link below:

 http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/cnavar.pdf

Cotton acreage by variety for Mississippi is presented in the . . . → Read More: 2014 Cotton Varieties Planted Report

Soybean Crop Update and Replant Decisions

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, Mississippi’s soybean crop ranges from . . . → Read More: Soybean Crop Update and Replant Decisions

Simultaneous Cotton and Pigweed Emergence Issues

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

Cotton Re-Plant Decisions – Plant Populations

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

Peanut Emergence and Seed Diseases

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 “next week’. So sometimes we try to get seeds into the ground even when conditions are not right. . . . → Read More: Peanut Emergence and Seed Diseases

Early-Season Considerations in Peanut – Inoculants

Quick Points:

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

Seeding Rates and other Grain Sorghum Planting Tips

Sorghum Rows

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

Rice Planting Date – Are We Too Late

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Many people ask why continue mundane planting date research don’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

Altered Corn Emergence – Compaction/Crusting Issues

Compacted Corn Seedling. (Photo Courtesy of Tom Eubank)

I don’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

What is the Cut-Off Date for Planting Corn?

Planting Date Study

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?