Southern Blight of Peanuts – It’s Arrived

Southern blight, has been found on peanuts in several areas of the state this week.

Southern blight is a plant disease that attacks the crown and below ground parts of peanuts. It causes the plant to wilt and die or reduces nut quality. The best management tool is a rotation with 3 years . . . → Read More: Southern Blight of Peanuts – It’s Arrived

Rice Irrigation with Safe AWD.

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 from the International Rice Research Institute reports, that allowing the water level to drop to “Safe . . . → Read More: Rice Irrigation with Safe AWD.

Kudzu Bugs Numerous in MS Soybeans This Year

Kudzu bugs beans

This year we have seen tremendous population growth and expansion of Kudzu bugs from previous years. We have treated some acres already that were at threshold and I am confident that there will be many more to come based on what we are seeing around the state including the Delta region. . . . → Read More: Kudzu Bugs Numerous in MS Soybeans This Year

Irrigation Guidelines for Corn and Soybeans

We have received questions lately reguarding irrigation initiation for corn and soybeans.  A couple of tables below detail general guidelines for corn and soybeans in soils ranging from silt loams to heavy clays.  Center pivot irrigation field thresholds are approximately 15-20 centibars less than the values presented in the charts.  Information on calculating average soil moisture . . . → Read More: Irrigation Guidelines for Corn and Soybeans

New Data Available on Sealing Soils

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 moisture sensors to trigger irrigation, and you notice that the sensor values remain high after an . . . → Read More: New Data Available on Sealing Soils

Soil Moisture Sensor Field Days

Mississippi State University Extension is in the process of planning two soil moisture sensor field days for Summer 2015.  Attendee will view demonstrations and presentations of the agronomic advantages of utilizing soil moisture sensors to trigger row crop irrigation presented by Dr. Jason Krutz, MSU Irrigation Specialist.  Manufactures and distributor sales representatives will present short presentations . . . → Read More: Soil Moisture Sensor Field Days

Now is the Time to Prepare for Pipe Planner!

Pipe Planner offered free to farmers! Delta Plastics is committed to reducing irrigation water use within the Mississippi Delta by 20 percent by the year 2020. Delta Plastics has offered to provide the company’s irrigation management software, Pipe Planner, free to all farmers. Pipe Planner is a user-friendly, web-based application designed to help farmers create the . . . → Read More: Now is the Time to Prepare for Pipe Planner!

Avoid Sweetpotato Chilling Injury

The next few days will be abnormally frigid in North Mississippi.  This increases the risk of chilling injury to sweetpotatoes in storage, and those being transported to or from packing sheds.  Chilling injury occurs when roots are exposed to temperatures between 32 and 55°F.  (The ideal storage temperature for sweetpotatoes is 55 to 60°F. Freezing injury . . . → Read More: Avoid Sweetpotato Chilling Injury

Should I Convert to Pipe Planner?

Pipe Planner offered free to farmers! Delta Plastics is committed to reducing irrigation water use within the Mississippi Delta by 20 percent by the year 2020. Delta Plastics has offered to provide the company’s irrigation management software, Pipe Planner, free to all farmers. Pipe Planner is a user-friendly, web-based application designed to help . . . → Read More: Should I Convert to Pipe Planner?

2015 Riser Participants Needed.

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 manages another field using his management style. We are in the planning process for the 2015 . . . → Read More: 2015 Riser Participants Needed.