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Sugarcane Aphids Building on Flag Leaf of Mature Grain Sorghum: Video

Sugarcane Aphids Building on Flag Leaf of Mature Grain Sorghum: Video

🕔15:07, 20.Aug 2015

The following is a short video clip showing sugarcane aphids building on the flag leaf of mature grain sorghum. This will have to be addressed in this field to avoid complications with harvest equipment. Options are Transform at .75 –

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Dectes Stem Borer: Biology, Damage, and Management in Soybeans

Dectes Stem Borer: Biology, Damage, and Management in Soybeans

🕔09:49, 8.Aug 2015

There have been numerous calls and questions about Dectes Stem Borer over the last few years. It seems that numbers are increasing each year. This is not surprising when you consider the biology of the insect coupled with an increase in soybean acres in MS.

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Soybean Loopers and the Effect of Defoliation on Yield

Soybean Loopers and the Effect of Defoliation on Yield

🕔12:43, 2.Aug 2015

We have been getting calls on loopers showing up in soybean for about 2 weeks. In recent days there have been reports of defoliation exceeding 20% or numbers exceeding threshold in some areas in the central to southern part of the state. The bulk of our soybean loopers typically show mid to late August or even into September so this is a little early but certainly not unusual. Soybean loopers are migratory and work their way north each year from southern latitudes. Early arrival could be due to a number of reasons.

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Bean Leaf Beetles High in Delta Soybean Fields

Bean Leaf Beetles High in Delta Soybean Fields

🕔14:03, 29.Jul 2015

Over the last week we have been getting a lot of calls about extremely high bean leaf beetle numbers. Most calls have come from the Northwest Delta region of the state. We have actually made bean leaf beetle targeted sprays on a number of acres in recent days. Yield loss is caused by defoliation and less frequently by pod feeding

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Controlling the Headworm Complex in Mississippi Grain Sorghum

Controlling the Headworm Complex in Mississippi Grain Sorghum

🕔08:11, 28.Jul 2015

There have been numerous reports lately of high numbers of corn earworm and sorghum webworm in grain sorghum. I have heard some reports of numbers as high as 10X threshold. It is critical to scout and treat as needed to control these pest. There are three species that make up the headworm complex in grain sorghum; the corn earworm (bollworm), fall armyworm, and the sorghum webworm.

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Soybean Scouting Report: 7/20-7/24/2015

Soybean Scouting Report: 7/20-7/24/2015

🕔15:34, 26.Jul 2015

Week 5 Scouting Report Graduate Student Nick Bateman is running a weekly insect scout line in soybeans for part of his PhD project. We will be reporting his numbers weekly on the blog. Only insect pest that are being found in

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Scouting for Sorghum Midge with Confidence

Scouting for Sorghum Midge with Confidence

🕔08:37, 18.Jul 2015

When it comes to scouting for sorghum midge I have found that very few people have the confidence to accurately find them. Most believe if they are not finding them that they must be missing them or doing something wrong. The

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Scouting and Managing Rice Blast

Scouting and Managing Rice Blast

🕔08:40, 17.Jul 2015

Rice leaf blast has been observed most of the rice season throughout the MS Delta. In addition, neck blast has been observed in some fields that were infected early on with the blast fungus.

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Corn Disease Update: July 11, 2015

Corn Disease Update: July 11, 2015

🕔07:15, 11.Jul 2015

The diseases encountered throughout the MS corn crop continue to be the same. Northern corn leaf blight and southern corn rust continue to be the two most talked about diseases. Annually, as the corn crop matures, NCLB appears to increase since lesions reach their most mature expression. Southern corn rust has been observed in 19 MS counties to date (July 11, 2015). Fields where the disease has been observed typically contain a light dusting of rust.

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Soybean Scouting Report: 7/6-7/10/2015

Soybean Scouting Report: 7/6-7/10/2015

🕔07:28, 10.Jul 2015

Stink bugs consisted of Brown, Green, and Southern Green stink bugs, with Green and Southern Green Stink bugs making up 95% of the total stink bugs caught. Egg masses of both Kudzu Bugs and Stink Bugs have been seen in both regions in R3 and later soybean.

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  • Soybean Harvest Aids

    Several calls have come in over the last week regarding soybean harvest aid options for various scenarios. In some cases, fields have been observed with varying degrees of maturity. In ...
  • Sugarcane Aphid Control with Falling Temperatures

    In 2014 we saw two brief time periods of less than satisfactory control with Transform on sugarcane aphids in grain sorghum across a broad geography. At the time we were mixing a ...
  • Pheromone Trap Counts, August 28. 2015

    Bollworm trap catches remained similar to last week, which is somewhat lower than average for this time of year. Tobacco budworm trap catches were somewhat higher this week. As most ...
  • Pheromone Trap Counts, August 21, 2015

    Bollworm moth trap catches were slightly higher in most counties this week but are generally lower than average counts for this time of year. Tobacco budworm moths continued to be ...
  • Defoliating Caterpillars in Peanuts

    We have had numerous calls over the last 2 weeks about caterpillars in peanut from all around the state. In every case, the calls have involved a complex of multiple species including bollworm/tobacco budworm, cutworms, armyworms, saltmarsh caterpillar, loopers, and rednecked peanut worm. ...
  • 3rd Annual Mississippi Sweetpotato Field Day Program- August 27th

    Mississippi State University will host its 3rd Annual Sweetpotato Field Day Thursday August 27 at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station (8320 Hwy 15 S., Pontotoc, MS 38863).  Registration is ...

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