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Wheat Disease Update: April 16, 2016

Wheat Disease Update: April 16, 2016

🕔09:41, 16.Apr 2016

Increased observations of foliar wheat diseases have occurred over the past two weeks. Leaf rust, stripe rust and Septoria leaf blotch have been commonly observed throughout the state. In addition, with the current environmental conditions (humidity, rainfall) and the general growth stages observed, the potential for Fusarium head blight (scab) may be similar to as occurred during the 2015 season.

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Wheat Disease Update: March 25, 2016

Wheat Disease Update: March 25, 2016

🕔11:36, 26.Mar 2016

Wheat diseases have been few and far between this winter. Little wheat was planted in the fall of 2015. However, in some key areas, rust diseases (leaf and stripe) as well as bacterial leaf streak have been observed on wheat.

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2016 Scout Schools

2016 Scout Schools

🕔19:04, 18.Mar 2016

Mississippi State University will be hosting 5 scout schools this year. We have transitioned over the years to make these trainings much more diverse than insect pest alone. This year we will be including insects, disease, fertility, and herbicide symptomology.

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2016 Spring Nitrogen Fertilizer Recommendations for Wheat

2016 Spring Nitrogen Fertilizer Recommendations for Wheat

🕔16:58, 1.Mar 2016

Environmental factors play a substantial role in nitrogen fertilization for wheat producers in the Mid-south. This article gives guidelines for application timing, fertilizer sources, rates and other important practices which may improve your wheat productivity.

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2015 Soybean OVT Foliar Disease Ratings: Maturity Group V

2015 Soybean OVT Foliar Disease Ratings: Maturity Group V

🕔16:30, 20.Nov 2015

Field evaluations of the Maturity Group IV entries in the MSU OVT were conducted at each of the locations where trials were planted (Brooksville, Clarksdale (n=2), Falkner, Longwood, Raymond, and Stoneville (n=3)).  Entries were observed for their reaction to the diseases

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Are Late-Season Soybean Rust Observations Important?

Are Late-Season Soybean Rust Observations Important?

🕔21:49, 22.Sep 2015

Late-season soybean rust observations occur on almost an annual basis. Even though the majority of the soybean crop has escaped yield loss as a result of soybean rust again for the 2015 season, determining the extent of the disease in MS as well as potential locations where the fungus could overwinter continue to be an important part of the monitoring/scouting program. At present (9/22), soybean rust has been detected in 41 counties.

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Late-season Soybean Disease Clinic: Baldwyn, MS, September 15, 2015

Late-season Soybean Disease Clinic: Baldwyn, MS, September 15, 2015

🕔06:31, 14.Sep 2015

A field training regarding late-season soybean diseases will be held in Monroe County, MS on Tuesday, September 15 beginning at 5:30 pm and ending with a meal at a local restaurant.  The diseases discussed will likely include: charcoal root rot,

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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 Disease Update: July 5, 2015

Soybean Disease Update: July 5, 2015

🕔19:59, 5.Jul 2015

The incidence of soybean diseases in the MS soybean production area has increased over the past 10-14 days. Aerial blight, Cercospora blight, frogeye leaf spot, Septoria brown spot, target spot, and Vein necrosis virus have all recently been observed in commercial soybean fields throughout MS.

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Corn Disease Update: July 4, 2015, Southern Rust Observed in Five Counties (UPDATED @ noon)

Corn Disease Update: July 4, 2015, Southern Rust Observed in Five Counties (UPDATED @ noon)

🕔08:53, 4.Jul 2015

Corn diseases have started to be more commonly observed throughout the MS corn production area. Given the time of year in both calendar date and crop stages (post-tassel) several corn diseases are being observed more often. Northern corn leaf blight, southern corn leaf blight, and Diplodia ear rot have all been observed over the last two weeks. Southern corn rust made an appearance earlier than normal; however, the disease is considered to be at extremely low levels at this time even though five counties (Adams, Claiborne, Coahoma, Forrest, Stone) have been observed to contain infected corn plants.

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Soybean Scouting Report: 6/29-7/3/2015

Soybean Scouting Report: 6/29-7/3/2015

🕔09:06, 3.Jul 2015

Stink bugs consisted of Brown, Green, and Southern Green stink bugs, with Green and Southern Green Stink bugs making up 85% of the total stink bugs caught. Some small corn earworm larvae were found in very low numbers in the Delta region.

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

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

🕔14:29, 19.Jun 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.

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Corn Disease Update: June 19, 2015

Corn Disease Update: June 19, 2015

🕔13:30, 19.Jun 2015

For the most part, the corn disease situation has been quiet. Limited occurrences of common rust and northern corn leaf blight have been observed in some Delta fields. With the cooler and wetter conditions encountered early in the season it is possible that some uncommon diseases could be encountered.

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Automatic Soybean Fungicide Applications: Timing, Product Choice, Rates in Product Combination

Automatic Soybean Fungicide Applications: Timing, Product Choice, Rates in Product Combination

🕔11:42, 19.Jun 2015

Questions continue regarding fungicide products to be used at the R3/R4 application timing. The most important decisions should be made based on the specific variety planted in each field since frogeye leaf spot is resistant to the strobilurin class of fungicides meaning that stand-alone strobilurin products are no longer effective against the disease. See the information contained within this blog post regarding fungicide products, effective rates of products in pre-mix combinations and the effectiveness of some fungicides on managing frogeye leaf spot.

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Soybean Insect Management: The Most Common Questions and Myths…

🕔07:58, 19.Jun 2015

This is a recycled article from 2012 and slightly updated but it fits well with recent calls. Sentences in italics have been added or updated since original posting. I have been getting quite a few calls about whether or not

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Kudzu Bugs Numerous in MS Soybeans This Year

Kudzu Bugs Numerous in MS Soybeans This Year

🕔13:43, 17.Jun 2015

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.

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