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Posts From Erick Larson, State Extension Specialist - Grain Crops

Southwestern Corn Borer Traps – June 4, 2021

Southwestern Corn Borer Traps – June 4, 2021

🕔09:35, 5.Jun 2021

Southwestern corn borer numbers have been very low (0-2 per trap) across the state to date.  We are not reporting the table of trap counts for each county this week, but will start posting county numbers next week.  One trap

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How to Enhance Your Strategy Regarding Tassel Applications

How to Enhance Your Strategy Regarding Tassel Applications

🕔11:28, 29.May 2021

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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Improving Corn Yields by Better Timing your First Irrigation

Improving Corn Yields by Better Timing your First Irrigation

🕔10:22, 29.May 2021

Moisture sensors have shown we can generally do much better timing irrigation needs. The initial irrigation of corn offers considerable opportunity to improve efficiency which can also enhance yields. Regardless of whether you use sensors, we explain methods to help you make irrigation decisions and make more corn.

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Optimizing Corn Response to Nitrogen Fertilizer

Optimizing Corn Response to Nitrogen Fertilizer

🕔11:52, 8.May 2021

Corn is very responsive to nitrogen fertilizer, but this is a dynamic situation that can become extremely challenging in our rainy environment, when wet soil restricts field operations and saturates soils. This article gives recommendations to improve corn response to nitrogen fertilizer and reduce risk in our Midsouth environment.

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Grain Sorghum Planting Recommendations for 2021

Grain Sorghum Planting Recommendations for 2021

🕔21:28, 27.Apr 2021

Grain sorghum is a crop receiving renewed interest from many Mississippi growers primarily due to strong demand and market prices in 2021. This article discusses key planting and management practices needed to successfully grow a productive sorghum crop and get it off to a good start this spring.

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2021 MSU Row Crop Educational Programs – Irrigation Update

2021 MSU Row Crop Educational Programs – Irrigation Update

🕔08:47, 2.Apr 2021

Due to restrictions limiting public gatherings related to the pandemic, the MSU Row Crops Team are releasing some virtual educational programs to help prepare for the upcoming growing season. These programs offer Continuing Education Units for Certified Crop Advisors who

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2021 MSU Row Crop Educational Programs- Soil Fertility Update

2021 MSU Row Crop Educational Programs- Soil Fertility Update

🕔15:22, 19.Mar 2021

Due to restrictions limiting public gatherings related to the pandemic, the MSU Row Crops Team are releasing some virtual educational programs to help prepare for the upcoming growing season. These programs offer Continuing Education Units for Certified Crop Advisors who

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2021 MSU Row Crop Educational Programs- Peanut Production Update

2021 MSU Row Crop Educational Programs- Peanut Production Update

🕔10:02, 11.Mar 2021

Due to restrictions limiting public gatherings related to the pandemic, the MSU Row Crops Team are releasing some virtual educational programs to help prepare for the upcoming growing season. These programs offer Continuing Education Units for Certified Crop Advisors who

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2021 MSU Row Crop Educational Programs – Soybean Planting Considerations

2021 MSU Row Crop Educational Programs – Soybean Planting Considerations

🕔16:09, 5.Mar 2021

Due to restrictions limiting public gatherings related to the pandemic, the MSU Row Crops Team are releasing some virtual educational programs to help prepare for the upcoming growing season. These programs offer Continuing Education Units for Certified Crop Advisors who

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2021 MSU Row Crop Educational Programs – Cotton Production

2021 MSU Row Crop Educational Programs – Cotton Production

🕔09:31, 5.Mar 2021

Due to restrictions limiting public gatherings related to the pandemic, the MSU Row Crops Team are releasing some virtual educational programs to help prepare for the upcoming growing season. These programs offer Continuing Education Units for Certified Crop Advisors who

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2021 MSU Row Crop Educational Programs – Corn Episodes

2021 MSU Row Crop Educational Programs – Corn Episodes

🕔09:12, 26.Feb 2021

Due to restrictions limiting public gatherings related to the pandemic, the MSU Row Crop Team are releasing virtual educational programs to help prepare for the upcoming growing season. These corn episodes include two programs discussing planting practices and stand establishment, as well as soil, water and nutrient management.

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Nitrogen Fertilizer Recommendations for Winter Wheat

Nitrogen Fertilizer Recommendations for Winter Wheat

🕔22:30, 9.Feb 2021

Our moist climate certainly increases the challenges associated with successful nitrogen fertilization of wheat. This article outlines best management practices for nitrogen application timing, fertilizer sources, rates and other important practices which can enhance wheat productivity.

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Avoiding Fertilizer Damage in Starter Applications

🕔10:17, 30.Jan 2021

Starter fertilizers are often part of a successful nutrient management strategy. See Strategies to Improve Corn Profitability for their potential in corn production. As with any fertility program, implementation of starters requires attention to detail. Avoid fertilizer burn: Fertilizer burn may occur

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2021 Grain Sorghum Hybrid Suggestions

2021 Grain Sorghum Hybrid Suggestions

🕔13:17, 26.Jan 2021

This article lists those grain sorghum hybrids which have produced superior yields in the Mississippi Grain Sorghum Hybrid Trials. This information should improve your ability to select well-adapted sorghum hybrids for your farm based on independent performance testing.

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2020 MSU Corn Hybrid Demonstration Program Results

2020 MSU Corn Hybrid Demonstration Program Results

🕔13:05, 1.Dec 2020

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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2021 MSU Short List of Suggested Corn Hybrids

2021 MSU Short List of Suggested Corn Hybrids

🕔11:47, 31.Oct 2020

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 market. Thus, this is a great starting point and barometer for you to judge hybrid performance and select the best corn hybrids for your farm.

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How to Plant and Grow Wheat for High Yields

How to Plant and Grow Wheat for High Yields

🕔17:26, 19.Oct 2020

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 management principles needed to optimize wheat productivity.

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2020 Yield Summaries from the Corn Hybrid Demonstration Program

2020 Yield Summaries from the Corn Hybrid Demonstration Program

🕔12:59, 16.Oct 2020

Mississippi State goes to great lengths to evaluate, assess and analyze corn hybrid performance. 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. Preliminary grain yield results from this year’s trials are published here.

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2020 MSU Short List of Suggested Wheat Varieties

2020 MSU Short List of Suggested Wheat Varieties

🕔17:51, 30.Sep 2020

This publication lists those wheat varieties which have demonstrated superior productivity in the Mississippi Wheat and Oat Variety Trials and summarizes their characteristics. This independent information should help you better assess those varieties which are suited for several distinct growing regions in Mississippi.

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Southwestern Corn Borer Traps, August 8, 2020

Southwestern Corn Borer Traps, August 8, 2020

🕔01:07, 8.Aug 2020

Although most corn across the state is beyond the susceptible stage, southwestern corn borer traps were very high in some counties with multiple traps exceeding 100 moths per trap.

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Southwestern Corn Borer Traps, August 1, 2020

Southwestern Corn Borer Traps, August 1, 2020

🕔19:05, 31.Jul 2020

Southwestern corn borer trap counts increased again this week in several counties.  Traps in Leflore, Carroll, and Tate counties exceeded the current threshold of 100 per trap. As a reminder, corn is considered safe from yield losses from southwestern corn

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Southwestern Corn Borer Traps – July 25, 2020

Southwestern Corn Borer Traps – July 25, 2020

🕔20:23, 24.Jul 2020

Overall, southwestern corn borer trap numbers are beginning to decline.  Only one location in Leflore county exceeded the threshold of 100 per trap this week.

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Mississippi Crop Situation Podcast – Corn Episodes

Mississippi Crop Situation Podcast – Corn Episodes

🕔14:12, 18.Jul 2020

The corn agronomy guys are also recording Mississippi Crop Situation Podcasts. We are using this format to share our latest recommendations and issues we are finding in the Corn Verification Program and grower fields throughout the state.

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Southwestern Corn Borer, July 18, 2020

Southwestern Corn Borer, July 18, 2020

🕔21:07, 17.Jul 2020

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Southwestern Corn Borer Traps, July 11, 2020

Southwestern Corn Borer Traps, July 11, 2020

🕔20:13, 11.Jul 2020

Trap count continue to increase in many regions of the state, but few are at threshold.  As a note, the 2 traps that captured high numbers of moths in Tate county last week were knocked down this week and are

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