Row Crop Technology Showcase Pre-Registration

Pre-registration is now open for the upcoming Row Crop Technology Showcase events hosted by Mississippi State University. These events will be held at the following locations:

Dundee – Douglas and Chris Hood’s farm – July 7
Brooksville – MSU Black Belt Branch Experiment Station – July 15
Starkville – R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center (North Farm) – July 16

Additional . . . → Read More: Row Crop Technology Showcase Pre-Registration

Mid-Season Rice Update

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I would like to call this a midseason rice update, but in actuality we have rice in Mississippi ranging from one leaf to late boot in places, but most of the rice crop should be at or reaching mid-season.  Similar to 2014, our planting progress was spread out from a typical year.  Most of the central . . . → Read More: Mid-Season Rice Update

Mississippi State University Turn Row Field Day: Clarksdale, MS July 9, 2015

An agronomic crops field day will be held at Cliff Heaton farms, just east of the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 6. The field day will be held in the cotton field on the south side of the road. MSU Extension Specialists will be present to discuss topics in corn, cotton, grain sorghum, peanut, rice and soybean. . . . → Read More: Mississippi State University Turn Row Field Day: Clarksdale, MS July 9, 2015

How Long Will Cotton Residual Herbicides Lay on the Soil Surface Awaiting an Activating Rainfall?

Several questions have come in over the past week or so regarding how long residual herbicides will lay on the soil surface without rainfall and still have activity when rainfall does arrive.  This is a very difficult question to answer and the answer depends on many factors.  Some herbicides are broken down by sunlight, some by . . . → Read More: How Long Will Cotton Residual Herbicides Lay on the Soil Surface Awaiting an Activating Rainfall?

Identifying Corn Reproductive Growth Stages and Management Implications

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Corn reproductive stages generally comprise about 60 days for corn hybrids grown in Mississippi at normal planting dates. Identification of these stages is critical for making prudent management decisions and anticipating crop response to practices and environmental conditions. . . . → Read More: Identifying Corn Reproductive Growth Stages and Management Implications

Sweetpotato Herbicides- FAQs

Due to a lack of post-emergence herbicides for use in sweetpotato, sweetpotato weed management is front-loaded with pre-emergence herbicides early in the growing season. For the last several years the following herbicide program has provided the most consistent control of the greatest diversity of weeds:

2 to 3 oz/acre Valor pre-transplanting followed by

1.5 to 2.66 qt/acre Command . . . → Read More: Sweetpotato Herbicides- FAQs

Cotton Injury From Early Season Herbicide Applications

Several calls have come in regarding early season herbicide injury in cotton to both myself and Jason Bond.  It is not uncommon to see cotton injury from applications of Sequence or metolachlor products mixed with glyphosate and/or Liberty.  Undoubtedly, the cool, wet weather we have had so far this year has exacerbated injury from herbicide applications . . . → Read More: Cotton Injury From Early Season Herbicide Applications

MSU-DREC Rice Field Day – July 30, 2015

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The MSU-DREC Rice Producer Field Day will be held in conjunction with the annual Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Summer Rice Grower Meeting this year on the afternoon of July 30 at the Capps Center in Stoneville..  The Farm Bureau meeting will begin with lunch at noon, followed by the program beginning at 1 pm.  Guest speakers . . . → Read More: MSU-DREC Rice Field Day – July 30, 2015

How to Determine Growth Stages of Young Corn or Sorghum

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Vegetative growth stages of corn or sorghum are determined by counting the number of fully emerged leaves with leaf collars present. This methodology can be used to anticipate growth and determine appropriate timing of many management decisions, including herbicide application, sidedress fertilizer, etc…. . . . → Read More: How to Determine Growth Stages of Young Corn or Sorghum

Off-target Herbicide Movement to Rice

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As rice approaches reproductive growth stages, it is less likely to recover from injury due to off-target herbicide movement. . . . → Read More: Off-target Herbicide Movement to Rice