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Southern Blight and Sweetpotato Plant Beds

Warm April weather in North Mississippi provides great growing conditions for sweetpotato plant beds. A few days near the 80s will have sweetpotato shoots pushing up the black plastic mulch that has been covering them since March. However, warm and humid conditions underneath plastic mulch can also provide an ideal environment for Southern blight, a disease . . . → Read More: Southern Blight and Sweetpotato Plant Beds

Wheat Disease Update: April 21, 2014

Wheat diseases remain extremely scarce throughout the MS wheat production system to date. No leaf rust, stripe rust, or Septoria have been observed to my knowledge. However, bacterial leaf streak has become a regular observation in most wheat fields. . . . → Read More: Wheat Disease Update: April 21, 2014

Management Practices to Reduce the Development of Fungicide Resistance in Soybean: Part II, Choosing Fungicide Products and Rates

Fungicides have become an important management alternative for diseases such as frogeye leaf spot. However, with the addition of the strobilurin-resistant fungus responsible for frogeye leaf spot, caution must be taken when applying fungicides to not increase the likelihood of fungicide resistance from developing. The specific characteristics of the main fungicide classes labeled for application in soybean systems are outlined. In addition, a table that includes the specific components of the pre-mix products when the labeled rates are applied is included. . . . → Read More: Management Practices to Reduce the Development of Fungicide Resistance in Soybean: Part II, Choosing Fungicide Products and Rates

Prospective Planting and Grain Stocks Reports – A Summary

by: Brian Williams and John Michael Riley

Monday’s numbers from USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Prospective Plantings report and Grain Stocks report came in near expectations. The Prospective Plantings report uses surveys of producers from February 27 through March 18 to estimate the upcoming acreage allocation.

For 2014, U.S. corn acres are estimated to be 91.691 million acres, 1.057 to 1.323 million acres less than . . . → Read More: Prospective Planting and Grain Stocks Reports – A Summary

2,4-D As a Burndown Herbicide

Just to prove that 2,4-D labels can be confusing, plantback restrictions were listed correctly in the previous post, but formulations were not specified. . . . → Read More: 2,4-D As a Burndown Herbicide

UPDATED CONTENT: Dicamba and 2,4-D Plantback Restrictions

Auxinic herbicide injury characteristic of dicamba on soybean (Photo: Dr. Tom Eubank)

With the cold, wet weather, many burndown herbicide applications were delayed. This has led to a multitude of questions on plantback restrictions for 2,4-D and dicamba prior to planting corn and soybeans. . . . → Read More: UPDATED CONTENT: Dicamba and 2,4-D Plantback Restrictions

Mississippi Rice Promotion Board Annual Report Available

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Annual report of Mississippi Rice Promotion Board is now available online. . . . → Read More: Mississippi Rice Promotion Board Annual Report Available

2,4-D and Dicamba Reduce Control of Italian Ryegrass

Control of glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass was reduced with glyphosate plus Select Max at reduced rates when combined with 2,4-D Ester and/or Clarity. . . . → Read More: 2,4-D and Dicamba Reduce Control of Italian Ryegrass

2013 On-Farm Rice Variety Trials

The electronic version of Mississippi State University’s On-Farm Variety Trial publication is complete and can be accessed at http://msucares.com/pubs/infobulletins/ib0481.pdf.  Hard copies of the variety trials will be available at your county extension office in early January.  If you have any questions about the publication or assistance in planting decisions, please don’t hesitate to contact me . . . → Read More: 2013 On-Farm Rice Variety Trials

Delta Area Rice Grower Meeting

Fifty-three people attended the Delta Area Rice Grower Meeting in Cleveland on Thursday, Nov. 21st.  In spite of the good number, many growers remained in the fields to take advantage of what is probably the last chance to get fall prep work done for a while with the heavy rainfall that most have received in the . . . → Read More: Delta Area Rice Grower Meeting