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Posts From Erick Larson, State Extension Specialist - Grain Crops

When should we initiate Irrigation to Enhance Corn Yield?

When should we initiate Irrigation to Enhance Corn Yield? Updated

🕔11:15, 25.May 2024

At the first hint of summer weather, there is often a rush to replenish moisture in corn fields with irrigation. However, inadequate soil moisture is not nearly as limiting as usually perceived. This article will discuss when to initiate irrigation based upon what is best for the corn crop.

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Optimum Timing and Management for Tassel Applications on Corn

Optimum Timing and Management for Tassel Applications on Corn Updated

🕔14:01, 24.May 2024

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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Video – How to Identify Corn Vegetative Growth Stages

Video – How to Identify Corn Vegetative Growth Stages Updated

🕔12:15, 17.May 2024

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 Updated

🕔11:55, 17.May 2024

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 Updated

🕔10:26, 17.May 2024

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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2024 Grain Sorghum Hybrid Suggestions

2024 Grain Sorghum Hybrid Suggestions Updated

🕔15:56, 5.May 2024

This article lists those sorghum hybrids which have demonstrated superior yields in the Mississippi Grain Sorghum Hybrid Trials. Thus, this is a great barometer to select the best adapted sorghum hybrids for your farm.

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Improving Corn Response to Nitrogen Fertilizer

Improving Corn Response to Nitrogen Fertilizer Updated

🕔15:01, 5.May 2024

Corn response to nitrogen fertilizer is a dynamic situation that often becomes more challenging when rains abound. This article gives recommendations to improve corn response to nitrogen fertilizer and reduce risks in the Midsouth.

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How to Assess Uneven Stands and Corn Replanting Methods

How to Assess Uneven Stands and Corn Replanting Methods Updated

🕔14:55, 5.May 2024

Assessing corn stands to make replant decisions should likely involve more than simply taking stand counts. This article discusses how emergence disparity affects corn yield potential, and methods to replant your crop, when needed.

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When is the Cut-Off Date for Planting Corn?

When is the Cut-Off Date for Planting Corn? Updated

🕔11:01, 13.Apr 2024

When rain or other issues restrict planting opportunities, 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 at Mississippi State University.

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Keys to Success for Early Corn Planting

Keys to Success for Early Corn Planting Updated

🕔10:48, 2.Mar 2024

Corn is very dependent on stand quality and uniformity to optimize productivity. Although things look promising for early planting this spring, there is typically considerably more risk associated with adverse weather for early plantings, compared to later in the spring. This article discusses how to assess corn planting suitability, strategies to improve your stand, and factors that affect what seeding rate you should plant.

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Spring Nitrogen Fertilizer Recommendations for Wheat and other Small Grains

Spring Nitrogen Fertilizer Recommendations for Wheat and other Small Grains Updated

🕔11:23, 29.Feb 2024

Our moist climate challenges our ability to fertilize wheat and other small grains. This article outlines best management practices for nitrogen application timing, fertilizer sources, rates and other important practices which can greatly enhance wheat or oat productivity. Nitrogen recommendations are also included for cereal rye grown for seed or grain production.

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Identifying Wheat Growth Stages using the Feekes Scale

Identifying Wheat Growth Stages using the Feekes Scale Updated

🕔08:16, 29.Feb 2024

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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2024 Mississippi Extension County Meeting Agendas

2024 Mississippi Extension County Meeting Agendas Updated

🕔10:02, 2.Feb 2024

Agenda_Hinds Co Agro Producers Agenda_Leflore Co Agro Producers Agenda_Monroe Co Agro Producers Mt 26_021324   *start time 9:30 a.m.* Agenda_Union Co Agro Producers Agenda_Tunica Co Agro Producers Agenda_Grenada Co Agro Producers  

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Cover Crop Termination and Preparation for Corn Planting

Cover Crop Termination and Preparation for Corn Planting Updated

🕔11:44, 27.Jan 2024

Cover crops can improve soil health and water quality and are being grown on more acres. However, their growth extends into the spring and may present challenges for primary crops, depending upon when you decide to terminate them with a burndown herbicide. We have been researching these dynamics so that we may implement strategies to realize benefits while minimize risk for corn production.

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2024 Extension County Meetings Schedule

2024 Extension County Meetings Schedule Updated

🕔08:05, 13.Dec 2023

Mississippi State University Extension will be hosting several county row crop meetings in February.  Each meeting will cover issues specific to the region including management topics on agronomics, insects, weeds, diseases, and economics.  A meal will be provided at each

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2023 Corn Hybrid Demonstration Program Results

2023 Corn Hybrid Demonstration Program Results Updated

🕔11:43, 25.Nov 2023

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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2024 MSU Short List of Suggested Corn Hybrids

2024 MSU Short List of Suggested Corn Hybrids Updated

🕔11:18, 4.Nov 2023

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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2023 Yield Summaries from the MSU Corn Hybrid Demonstration Program

2023 Yield Summaries from the MSU Corn Hybrid Demonstration Program Updated

🕔11:39, 14.Oct 2023

Mississippi State goes to great lengths to evaluate corn hybrid performance. These Corn Hybrid Demonstration trials are grown in numerous on-farm locations throughout the state where you can better analyze 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 Updated

🕔09:07, 9.Oct 2023

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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Cover Crop Planting Methods and Seeding Rates

Cover Crop Planting Methods and Seeding Rates Updated

🕔11:44, 30.Sep 2023

Cover crops can be successfully established using a variety of seeding methods depending upon your cropping and tillage system, cover crop species, and perhaps other factors. This publication offers guidelines to help ensure favorable results.

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Cover Crop Species Selection

Cover Crop Species Selection Updated

🕔12:08, 23.Sep 2023

Cover crop seed selection can be confusing due to the numerous choices available. However, if you consider the benefits produced by the three primary groups of cover crops and realize the benefits and limitations associated with various species, it will greatly improve your decisions and outcome of the cover cropping system.

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2023 MSU Short List of Suggested Wheat Varieties

2023 MSU Short List of Suggested Wheat Varieties Updated

🕔14:13, 14.Sep 2023

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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MSU Corn and Soybean Field Days

MSU Corn and Soybean Field Days Updated

🕔18:28, 3.Aug 2023

Please mark your calendar and share the word about the upcoming MSU Corn and Soybean Field Days scheduled in the coming weeks. These field days will feature MSU Corn Hybrid and Soybean Variety Demonstration Plots which contain premier genetics from seed companies serving the Midsouth region. Seed company representatives and MSU Extension Specialists will discuss varieties, expectations and address questions.

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Corn Borer Trap Counts – Week ending 7/29/2023

Corn Borer Trap Counts – Week ending 7/29/2023 Updated

🕔13:27, 29.Jul 2023

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Why did the Kernels near the Ear Tip not Fill?

Why did the Kernels near the Ear Tip not Fill? Updated

🕔16:45, 27.Jul 2023

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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