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Posts From Erick Larson, State Extension Specialist - Grain Crops

When should Cover Crops be Terminated for Corn?

When should Cover Crops be Terminated for Corn?

🕔11:25, 28.Jan 2023

Cover crops can improve soil health and water quality and are being grown on more acres. However, their growth may extend into the spring and present challenges for primary crops. We are investigating these dynamics so that we may implement strategies to realize advantages while minimizing risk. Corn production presents issues that we will address.

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The 26th annual National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference is scheduled for January 31 and February 1, 2023

The 26th annual National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference is scheduled for January 31 and February 1, 2023

🕔11:50, 10.Jan 2023

LOUISIANA GOVERNOR JOINS 117 RESEARCHERS, FARMERS AND CONSULTANTS WHO WILL ADDRESS MID-SOUTH FARMERS IN BATON ROUGE THIS MONTH Governor John Bel Edwards will give the Keynote address as he joins  researchers, farmers and  Certified Crop Advisors, who will speak at

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2022 MSU Corn Hybrid Demonstration Program Results

2022 MSU Corn Hybrid Demonstration Program Results

🕔17:41, 1.Dec 2022

Mississippi State goes to great lengths to evaluate, assess and analyze corn hybrid performance, so you have good information to make decisions which improve the profitability of your farm. These Hybrid Demonstration trials are grown in numerous on-farm locations throughout the state where you can better evaluate hybrid performance of our region’s most elite hybrids. Full results, including yields and plant characteristics from this year’s trials are published here.

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2023 MSU Short List of Suggested Corn Hybrids

2023 MSU Short List of Suggested Corn Hybrids

🕔11:38, 4.Nov 2022

This publication lists those corn hybrids which have demonstrated superior performance in the Mississippi Corn for Grain Hybrid Trials. No other source tests as many hybrids representing today’s choices in the market. Thus, this is a great starting point and barometer for you to judge performance and select the best corn hybrids for your farm.

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2022 Yield Summaries from the MSU Corn Hybrid Demonstration Program

2022 Yield Summaries from the MSU Corn Hybrid Demonstration Program

🕔22:43, 19.Oct 2022

Mississippi State goes to great lengths to evaluate, assess and analyze corn hybrid performance. These Corn Hybrid Demonstration trials are grown in numerous on-farm locations throughout the state where you can better evaluate hybrid performance of our region’s most elite hybrids. Preliminary grain yield results from this year’s trials are published here.

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How to Plant and Grow Wheat for High Yields

How to Plant and Grow Wheat for High Yields

🕔21:07, 30.Sep 2022

Wheat can be a relatively consistent and productive crop which offers some benefits and diversity for your cropping system. This article addresses planting practices and other fall management practices needed to optimize wheat productivity.

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2022 MSU Short List of Suggested Wheat Varieties

2022 MSU Short List of Suggested Wheat Varieties

🕔18:06, 25.Aug 2022

This publication lists those wheat varieties which have demonstrated superior grain production in the Mississippi Wheat and Oat Variety Trials and summarizes their characteristics. This independent information should help you select better varieties which are suited for producing grain in different growing regions in Mississippi.

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Tips to Prepare for a Successful Corn Harvest

Tips to Prepare for a Successful Corn Harvest

🕔11:43, 6.Aug 2022

Corn harvest should ramp up soon as grain matures and dries down to an agreeable moisture for harvest. Understanding how weather and other factors affect grain drying, potential harvest losses, moisture dockage and potential aflatoxin issues can greatly help improve your harvest efficiency and success.

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How to Estimate Corn Yield Prior to Harvest

How to Estimate Corn Yield Prior to Harvest

🕔08:07, 30.Jul 2022

Would you like to estimate your corn yield prior to the combine heading to the field? If you are willing to put in a little time, you can make a rough estimate by following these guidelines. While any such method leaves considerable opportunity for error, this process will likely be a good opportunity to learn more about your crop.

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Southwestern Corn Borer Traps – July 29, 2022

Southwestern Corn Borer Traps – July 29, 2022

🕔20:58, 29.Jul 2022

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Southwestern Corn Borer Traps – July 22, 2022

Southwestern Corn Borer Traps – July 22, 2022

🕔20:43, 22.Jul 2022

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When to Terminate Irrigation in Corn

When to Terminate Irrigation in Corn

🕔22:01, 15.Jul 2022

As the corn crop nears maturity, knowing when you can safely terminate irrigation, without sacrificing yield, or wasting money and labor through unnecessary irrigation is likely the most important decision that will affect your bottom line. This article outlines the steps needed to help make these decisions accurately and reliable.

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Southwestern Corn Borer Traps – July 15, 2022

Southwestern Corn Borer Traps – July 15, 2022

🕔21:46, 15.Jul 2022

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Why did the Kernels near the Ear Tip not Fill?

Why did the Kernels near the Ear Tip not Fill?

🕔21:45, 15.Jul 2022

Corn kernel set near the ear tip may vary considerably depending on a number of cultural and environmental factors. These kernels have issues when the plant can’t supply enough energy to support all of them. Therefore, if we want to improve our yields, we need to recognize why kernel set is less than desired, so we can improve management in the future.

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MS Ag Industry Council – 2022 Row Crop Update

MS Ag Industry Council – 2022 Row Crop Update

🕔21:44, 15.Jul 2022

We welcome you to attend the Row Crop Update at the 2022 Mississippi Agricultural Industry Council Annual Convention. This event is hosted at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama on Wednesday, July 20 starting at 8:00am.

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Identifying Corn Reproductive Stages and Management Implications

Identifying Corn Reproductive Stages and Management Implications

🕔17:35, 14.Jul 2022

Corn progresses through six stages as ears develop through reproductive growth stages. Identification of these stages can be helpful for timing development, making prudent management decisions and anticipating crop response to practices and environmental conditions.

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Southwestern Corn Borer Traps – July 8, 2022

Southwestern Corn Borer Traps – July 8, 2022

🕔06:46, 9.Jul 2022

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Southwestern Corn Borer Traps – July 1, 2022

Southwestern Corn Borer Traps – July 1, 2022

🕔14:58, 1.Jul 2022

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Southwestern Corn Borer – June 24, 2022

Southwestern Corn Borer – June 24, 2022

🕔22:35, 24.Jun 2022

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Southwestern Corn Borer Traps – June 17, 2022

Southwestern Corn Borer Traps – June 17, 2022

🕔13:37, 17.Jun 2022

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Southwestern Corn Borer Traps – June 10, 2022

Southwestern Corn Borer Traps – June 10, 2022

🕔21:44, 10.Jun 2022

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How Important is Timing of Tassel Applications on Corn?

How Important is Timing of Tassel Applications on Corn?

🕔11:58, 28.May 2022

As the Mississippi corn crop approaches tassel, crop health and weather may greatly affect crop response to various management inputs, including nitrogen fertilizer or other products. This article will discuss factors that may affect your strategy and improve your response.

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When should we Start Irrigating Corn to Enhance Yield Potential?

When should we Start Irrigating Corn to Enhance Yield Potential?

🕔11:59, 14.May 2022

At the first hint of summer weather patterns, Midsouth corn growers often get nervous about moisture stress. However, inadequate soil moisture is not nearly as limiting as usually perceived – considering we always have abundant moisture virtually all spring. In fact, excessive moisture can stress corn development and hamper yields, if we trigger irrigation too early.

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Video – How to Identify Corn Vegetative Growth Stages

Video – How to Identify Corn Vegetative Growth Stages

🕔13:05, 7.May 2022

This video shows how to identify vegetative growth stages of corn or sorghum in the field. In this case we inspect two different examples of corn that have progressed into rapid growth stages.

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How to Determine Corn Vegetative Growth Stages

How to Determine Corn Vegetative Growth Stages

🕔09:15, 6.May 2022

Vegetative growth stages of corn are determined by counting the number of fully emerged leaves with leaf collars present. It is important to appreciate this methodology since it is a basis for timing many management practices, including herbicide application, sidedress fertilizer, and others.

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