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Posts From Erick Larson, State Extension Specialist - Grain Crops

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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Grain Sorghum Planting and Early Management Recommendations

Grain Sorghum Planting and Early Management Recommendations

🕔16:09, 5.May 2022

Grain sorghum has some unique characteristics differing from our major row crops. This article discusses key planting and management practices needed to successfully plant sorghum and get it off to a strong start this spring.

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Improving Corn Response to Nitrogen Fertilizer

Improving Corn Response to Nitrogen Fertilizer

🕔10:35, 30.Apr 2022

Nitrogen is a hot topic for corn growers due to extraordinary fertilizer prices. Fortunately, there are methods we can employ to improve nitrogen efficiency. This article gives recommendations to improve corn response to nitrogen fertilizer and reduce risk in our Midsouth environment.

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When is the Cut-Off Date for Planting Corn?

When is the Cut-Off Date for Planting Corn?

🕔15:55, 14.Apr 2022

As rains delay corn planting progress across much of the state, you may be wondering how to proceed with crop planting intentions. This newsletter helps address that question by explaining how corn responds to late planting when grown in different production systems based upon research conducted by Mississippi State University.

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2022 Agronomic Crop Scout School

2022 Agronomic Crop Scout School

🕔09:01, 1.Apr 2022

The Mississippi State Row Crop Team will be hosting three scout schools in 2022.  The program will cover insects, disease, fertility, and agronomy. These events are free of charge, and all are welcome. Each scout school will serve as an

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Early Corn Planting and Issues with Cold Temperatures

Early Corn Planting and Issues with Cold Temperatures

🕔11:46, 12.Mar 2022

Cold and freezing temperatures are making a rare impact on early corn planting this year. Thus, we discuss how corn previously planted may be affected, as well as how you can assess planting conditions before proceeding with future planting in this edition of the Crop Doctor’s Podcast.

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Identifying Wheat Growth Stages using the Feekes Scale

Identifying Wheat Growth Stages using the Feekes Scale

🕔17:34, 28.Feb 2022

The Feekes scale is likely the most commonly used system to describe wheat and other small grain’s growth and development stages. Understanding of wheat plant development is important so that you may better time management inputs to optimize crop response. This article helps you identify specific wheat growth stages.

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