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Management Practices to Reduce the Development of Fungicide Resistance in Soybean: Part I, Improving Disease Management Practices

Fungicide resistance has continued to be a hot topic during the off-season. Since 2010, fungicide resistance within the frogeye leaf spot fungal population has been documented in several states including Mississippi. To prevent the development of fungicide resistance from increasing several important steps can be followed. Several of these specific topics will be outlined in this three part series regarding fungicide resistance. . . . → Read More: Management Practices to Reduce the Development of Fungicide Resistance in Soybean: Part I, Improving Disease Management Practices

Identifying Wheat Growth Stages using the Feekes Scale

Feekes Growth Stage Chart for Wheat

The Feekes scale is likely the most commonly used system to describe wheat and other small grains’ growth and development stages. Understanding of wheat plant development is important so that you may better time management inputs to optimize crop response. This article helps you identify specific wheat growth stages. . . . → Read More: Identifying Wheat Growth Stages using the Feekes Scale

Early Leaf Spot of Peanut

Synopsis:

Is caused by a fungus, Cercospora arachidicola.
Defoliates infected leaflets fairly quickly.
Is one of the reasons, along with late leaf spot, for the development of the traditional two week spray schedule in established peanut growing areas (see Figure 1).
Lesion appearance:

Usually infects upper side of leaf.
Often surrounded by a chlorotic ring with a dark chocolate brown center.
Conidiophores are . . . → Read More: Early Leaf Spot of Peanut

Corn Disease Update and Late Fungicide Suggestions: July 19, 2013

Corn fungicide questions continue to be made even in situations where corn has reached dent. In general, making a fungicide application at dent or later corn growth stages only pays off if excessive disease pressure is observed prior to the fungicide application being made. Moreover, making a fungicide application to a foliar disease tolerant hybrid will likely not pay off since the genes present in the hybrid should be relied on for preventing yield loss as a result of foliar disease. . . . → Read More: Corn Disease Update and Late Fungicide Suggestions: July 19, 2013

Soybean Rust Detected in a Soybean Sentinel Plot in Pearl River County

Once again this season soybean rust has been detected early in July. A single infected leaf was discovered in a soybean sentinel plot in Pearl River County on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Historically this is 4 days earlier than last season (2012) and 2 days earlier than the earliest occurrence of rust in MS that occurred in 2007 on kudzu. At present, no additional management scenarios are necessary. We continue to scout to determine how widespread infection may be across south MS. . . . → Read More: Soybean Rust Detected in a Soybean Sentinel Plot in Pearl River County

Video – How to Identify Corn Vegetative Growth Stages

V6 growth stage corn is beginning rapid growth and leaves little margin for error for postemergence herbicide application.

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

Corn Disease Update: June 7, 2013, and Specific Information Regarding Northern Corn Leaf Blight

Northern corn leaf blight and common rust continue to be identified in corn fields throughout the south Delta. Determining the specific corn hybrids planted in each field is an important first step every season. For the most part, save for a couple of fields, NCLB has still been detected at extremely low levels (= 1 lesion per leaf per plant). . . . → Read More: Corn Disease Update: June 7, 2013, and Specific Information Regarding Northern Corn Leaf Blight

Early Season Corn Diseases and Non-disease Observations

Several common diseases have been observed in the MS corn crop over the past week. Common rust and northern corn leaf blight are typical diseases in corn and are likely the result this early in the season due to the cooler than normal temperatures and ample rainfall we’ve received over the past month. But, with the generally atypical environment we’ve experienced this season the likelihood of more non-typical foliar diseases occurring is potentially increased. Proper diagnosis prior to a management decision is therefore increasingly important. . . . → Read More: Early Season Corn Diseases and Non-disease Observations

2013 Scout Schools Set

The 2013 Scout School dates have been set. The first will be June 4th from 9:00 a.m -12:00 p.m. at the Delta Research and Extension Center in the auditorium of the main building. The last one will be on the main campus of Mississippi State University in the Clay Lyle Entomology Building conference room. . . . → Read More: 2013 Scout Schools Set

How to Determine Growth Stages of Young Corn or Sorghum

V4 Growth Stage

Vegetative growth stages of corn or sorghum are determined by counting the number of fully emerged leaves with leaf collars present. This 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