Metribuzin is an important herbicide for controlling numerous weed species in wheat. However, wheat varieties may differ in tolerance to metribuzin. This article shows our evaluations of wheat varieties included in the current MSU Wheat Variety Trials for metribuzin tolerance. This should help you better assess potential for wheat crop injury. . . . → Read More: Evaluation of Wheat Varieties for Metribuzin Tolerance
Each year some sweetpotato scurf or “soil-stain” is reported. However, this year it would appear that the disease has been more prevalent than normal in some fields. Scurf is caused by a soil-dwelling fungus, Monilochaetes infuscans, and results in darkened, discolored skin (Figure 1). The affected portion of the root can range from a small patch . . . → Read More: Sweetpotatoes and Scurf
The 3rd annual joint MEA/MAPPAN/MWSS annual meeting will be held next week at the Bost Extension Building in Starkville, MS next week. The dates of the meeting are Monday and Tuesday October 21-22. We have a very informative and exciting program planned for the meeting. The meeting will kick off Monday afternoon with a Row Crop . . . → Read More: Joint MEA/MAPPAN/MWSS Annual Meeting and Roundtable Discussion
Wheat can be successfully established and grown using many planting methods, but several management practices can certainly enhance your potential for growing a productive crop this season. Those practices include timely planting, appropriate seeding rates and methods, suitable seedbed preparation and fall weed control.
. . . → Read More: Keys for Seeding High Yielding Wheat
Last week’s harvest saw reports of “red potatoes” appearing in sweetpotato fields. There was speculation that the light-orange-skinned ‘Beauregard’ had altered its genetic make-up to the point that it had changed its skin color at multiple locations within the same field. While genetic mutations do occur in sweetpotato, there is a far more likely explanation. As . . . → Read More: “Why are there red potatoes in my field?”
This week marked the first reported appearances of sugarcane beetles in sweetpotato fields in Mississippi for the 2013 growing season. The sugarcane beetle is a relatively new pest of sweetpotato in Mississippi. However, in recent years, heavy sugarcane beetle populations have caused significant losses for some growers in Louisiana, as roots with sugarcane beetle damage are . . . → Read More: Sugarcane Beetle Reported in Sweetpotato.
Since the last update several new counties have been added to the list in MS. Currently we 33 counties positive for Kudzu Bugs. Out of the 33 counties, 21 have positive finds in soybeans. . . . → Read More: Mississippi Kudzu Bug Update: 9/27/2013
Virus-infected soybean material has been observed almost statewide this season. The high numbers of bean leaf beetles can be blamed for some of the observed viruses; however, bean leaf beetles are not the only insects that can vector soybean viruses between plants. This specific blog update presents information on the three most commonly encountered soybean viruses in the MS soybean production system. . . . → Read More: Soybean Viruses Cause Important Diseases too
This publication lists those wheat varieties which have demonstrated superior productivity in the MSU Wheat and Oat Variety Trials and summarizes their characteristics. This impartial information should help you better assess wheat varieties and pick those suited for your farm this season.
. . . → Read More: 2013 MSU Short List of Suggested Wheat Varieties
Cereal Grains & Soybeans (by: Brian Williams)
The September prevented planting acreage report was released by the FSA earlier this week. While the report did not contain many surprises with only minor changes from last month’s report, it does indicate that next month we may see some changes in the WASDE report. The FSA currently estimates . . . → Read More: Crop Market Update – Sept 20, 2013