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Surge Valve Update/P&R Jr. III Controller Limitations

P&R Surge Systems manufacture two surge valve controllers, the Star and the Jr.III.  The Star controller is totally digital and much more flexible in programming.  The Jr.III, being the more economic controller, lacks many of the features as of the top of the line, Star controller.  If you are using a Jr.III you need to understand . . . → Read More: Surge Valve Update/P&R Jr. III Controller Limitations

Southern Blight of Peanuts – It’s Arrived

Southern blight, has been found on peanuts in several areas of the state this week.

Southern blight is a plant disease that attacks the crown and below ground parts of peanuts. It causes the plant to wilt and die or reduces nut quality. The best management tool is a rotation with 3 years . . . → Read More: Southern Blight of Peanuts – It’s Arrived

Rice Irrigation with Safe AWD.

This year we are conducting nine rice irrigation Extension demonstration trials across the Delta.  To demonstrate the value of maintaining a less than full flood, we are utilizing a Pani Pipe and soil moisture probes to time irrigation events.  Research from the International Rice Research Institute reports, that allowing the water level to drop to “Safe . . . → Read More: Rice Irrigation with Safe AWD.

Adult Plant Bugs Migrating Into Cotton: Square Retention Critical

In some areas of the Delta there have been reports of plant bug numbers really picking up this week. The following article talks about the ease and importance of monitoring fruit set in cotton.

Square retention is a critical component of early season plant bug management.  I would strongly encourage you to take square retention counts along with . . . → Read More: Adult Plant Bugs Migrating Into Cotton: Square Retention Critical

Soybean Scouting Report: 6/22-6/26

Weekly Soybean Scouting Report for Mississippi Hills and Delta Region 6/22-6/26 . . . → Read More: Soybean Scouting Report: 6/22-6/26

Pheromone Trap Counts, June 26, 2015

Bollworm pheromone trap counts were similar to last week and remain fairly low compared to historical averages. Tobacco budworm counts were slightly higher this week, but are still low fairly low. Southwestern corn borer trap catches have started to increase in some regions. Both Issaquena and Leflore counties had a trap that was over threshold, but . . . → Read More: Pheromone Trap Counts, June 26, 2015

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

Pheromone Trap Counts, June 19, 2015

It appears that we are beginning to see the next generation of bollworm moths flying this week. Trap catches in most counties were higher this week than last week. Catches are still relatively light compared to long term averages, so larval populations will generally be light for the next week or so. Tobacco budworm and southwestern . . . → Read More: Pheromone Trap Counts, June 19, 2015