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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

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.

This is a video showing the methods used to determine the vegetative growth stages of corn or sorghum in the field. Further information can be found in the accompanying Mississipp Crop Situation blog article. . . . → Read More: Video – How to Identify Corn Vegetative Growth Stages

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 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

Cotton Plant Populations and Re-Plant Decision Making

The 2015 crop has been planted and is emerging very quickly thus far and environmental conditions have been very favorable for the past week.  If environmental conditions continue, the likelihood of re-plants is minimal.  However, keep the following in mind if you are facing a re-plant situation.  Research conducted at Mississippi State indicates that plant populations . . . → Read More: Cotton Plant Populations and Re-Plant Decision Making

Rapidly Emerging Cotton and Herbicide Use

Several calls have came in this week regarding cotton emerging quicker than anticipated and not having a residual, PRE herbicide applied yet.  Growers are racing to get this crop in the ground and some are finding it difficult to get this crop planted and sprayed prior to emergence.  More specifically, several folks have inquired about using . . . → Read More: Rapidly Emerging Cotton and Herbicide Use

Cotton Planting Progress

Cotton planting began during the last few days in April in most areas of the state and really kicked into high gear beginning May 4.  Growers have covered as much or more ground in one week this year than in any other year that I have been at Mississippi State.  Needless to say, the 2015 cotton . . . → Read More: Cotton Planting Progress

Managing Stink Bugs in Seedling Corn

Over the last few weeks we have received numerous calls about brown stink bugs in seedling corn in the Delta region of the state. Stink bugs attack corn by feeding through the stem or even down in the whorl of small corn plants. Typically the area where they feed becomes chlorotic due to enzymes in their saliva. . . . → Read More: Managing Stink Bugs in Seedling Corn

Use a Sound Corn Nitrogen Strategy to Combat Rainy Weather

Ponded Water

Abundant spring rainfall can create havoc with corn nitrogen management by delaying fertilizer application and also promote massive nitrogen loss. These strategies should help enhance crop response during challenging conditions. . . . → Read More: Use a Sound Corn Nitrogen Strategy to Combat Rainy Weather

Wheat Disease Update: April 24, 2015

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For the most part the Mississippi wheat crop is clean with regards to foliar diseases. However, some important issues are occurring that need to be addressed with regards to Fusarium head blight, stem maggot feeding, and general herbicide injury as these three issues can easily be confused with one another at the field level. . . . → Read More: Wheat Disease Update: April 24, 2015

Off-target Herbicide Movement to Rice

Rice injured from off-target movement of paraquat plus Authority MTZ

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