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Posts From Erick Larson, State Extension Specialist - Grain Crops

Vital Topics to Consider for 2015 Wheat Planting

Vital Topics to Consider for 2015 Wheat Planting Updated

🕔11:45, 2.Nov 2015

Recent rains have provided moisture necessary for wheat establishment, so as fields dry, wheat seeding should begin in earnest. This article will address wheat seeding questions and discuss management practices to employ to optimize productivity.

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Grain Yield Summaries from the Corn Hybrid Demonstration Program

Grain Yield Summaries from the Corn Hybrid Demonstration Program Updated

🕔12:43, 24.Oct 2015

The MSU Corn Hybrid Demonstration Program evaluates premier corn hybrids and substantially supplements the independent and unbiased information gathered in the University Hybrid Trials. Preliminary grain yield results from 2015 irrigated and dryland trials are summarized in this release.

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2016 MSU Short List of Suggested Corn Hybrids

2016 MSU Short List of Suggested Corn Hybrids Updated

🕔11:24, 13.Oct 2015

This effort lists those corn hybrids which have demonstrated superior productivity in the Mississippi Corn for Grain Hybrid Trials. No other source tests as many hybrids representing today’s market. Thus, there is no better barometer for you to judge hybrid performance and improve your ability to select the best for your farm.

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2015 MSU Short List of Suggested Wheat Varieties Updated

🕔15:43, 28.Sep 2015

This publication lists those wheat varieties which have demonstrated superior productivity in the Mississippi Wheat and Oat Variety Trials and summarizes their characteristics. This impartial information should help you better assess wheat varieties which are best suited for your farm.

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Importance of Managing Sugarcane Aphids in Grain Sorghum at Harvest

Importance of Managing Sugarcane Aphids in Grain Sorghum at Harvest Updated

🕔07:22, 11.Sep 2015

Some grain sorghum still remains to be harvested around the state and sugarcane aphid populations have remained high in a lot of areas. We had a post by Erick Larson and Angus Catchot a couple of weeks ago here about use of harvest

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Mississippi State University Turn Row Talk – Clarksdale, August 25, 2015

Mississippi State University Turn Row Talk – Clarksdale, August 25, 2015 Updated

🕔14:57, 20.Aug 2015

An agronomic crops field day will be held at Stovall farms, west and north of Clarksdale on Oakhurst Stovall Road. The field day will be held at Mr. Pete Hunter’s farm shop beginning at 10 am. MSU Extension Specialists will be present to discuss topics in corn, cotton, grain sorghum, peanut, rice and soybean.

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Timing, Sugarcane Aphids and other Harvest Aid Considerations for Sorghum

Timing, Sugarcane Aphids and other Harvest Aid Considerations for Sorghum Updated

🕔14:38, 14.Aug 2015

Many growers in the Mid-South apply a harvest aid to sorghum to facilitate combine efficiency. Although it is possible to harvest sorghum without using a harvest aid, understanding the benefits of usage, along with adverse consequences, will help you implement a practical plan that will enhance your sorghum harvest.

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When Should I Start Corn Harvest?

When Should I Start Corn Harvest? Updated

🕔14:29, 31.Jul 2015

Corn harvest will be upon us soon and anticipation is building. However, we still need to get this corn crop out of the field and safely deliver it to market. The optimal timing to successfully harvest your corn crop may vary depending on several factors.

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Sorghum Midge Scouting Field Day – Tuesday July 14 Updated

🕔09:36, 13.Jul 2015

There will be an impromptu sorghum midge scouting field day at the MSU Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville tomorrow (July 14, 2015) at 8:00 am. We will meet at the Capps Building at 8:00 am and then travel directly

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Reminder: Row Crop Technology Showcase July 15 and 16, 2015 Updated

🕔17:41, 10.Jul 2015

Field days scheduled for next week will highlight crops with new and developing herbicide and insect trait technologies. These field days will be held at the following locations: Brooksville – July 15 The Row Crop Technology Showcase at Brooksville will

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When Is the Corn Crop Made? Updated

🕔15:11, 10.Jul 2015

Considering the abundant rainfall during the July 4th week and the crop progressing closer to maturity, some are likely wondering whether if the 2015 corn crop is finished. This article discusses how to make that call and determine timing for irrigation termination.

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Corn Disease Update: July 4, 2015, Southern Rust Observed in Five Counties (UPDATED @ noon)

Corn Disease Update: July 4, 2015, Southern Rust Observed in Five Counties (UPDATED @ noon) Updated

🕔08:53, 4.Jul 2015

Corn diseases have started to be more commonly observed throughout the MS corn production area. Given the time of year in both calendar date and crop stages (post-tassel) several corn diseases are being observed more often. Northern corn leaf blight, southern corn leaf blight, and Diplodia ear rot have all been observed over the last two weeks. Southern corn rust made an appearance earlier than normal; however, the disease is considered to be at extremely low levels at this time even though five counties (Adams, Claiborne, Coahoma, Forrest, Stone) have been observed to contain infected corn plants.

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Mississippi State University Turn Row Talk – Clarksdale, July 9, 2015 Updated

🕔13:51, 3.Jul 2015

    An agronomic crops turn row talk will be held at Cliff Heaton farms, just east of the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 6 on July 9, 2015.  The field day will be held in the cotton field

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Row Crop Technology Showcase Pre-Registration Updated

🕔12:28, 26.Jun 2015

Pre-registration is now open for the upcoming Row Crop Technology Showcase events hosted by Mississippi State University. These events will be held at the following locations: Dundee – Douglas and Chris Hood’s farm – July 7 Brooksville – MSU Black Belt

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Mississippi State University Turn Row Field Day: Clarksdale, MS July 9, 2015

Mississippi State University Turn Row Field Day: Clarksdale, MS July 9, 2015 Updated

🕔14:29, 19.Jun 2015

An agronomic crops field day will be held at Cliff Heaton farms, just east of the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 6. The field day will be held in the cotton field on the south side of the road. MSU Extension Specialists will be present to discuss topics in corn, cotton, grain sorghum, peanut, rice and soybean.

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Be Aware of Wheat Seed Laws

Be Aware of Wheat Seed Laws Updated

🕔15:17, 12.Jun 2015

As wheat harvest is being completed and we begin making marketing and future cropping plans it is important to understand seed laws pertaining to wheat. This article explains the ramifications of PVP and Patent protection pertaining to wheat seed.

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How much Nitrogen have I Lost from Saturated Soils?

How much Nitrogen have I Lost from Saturated Soils? Updated

🕔09:41, 5.Jun 2015

Abundant rainfall has soaked corn fields for extended time during April and late May, exposing nitrogen fertilizer to potential loss. This article gives guidelines for estimating potential N loss.

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What is Appropriate Timing for the “Tassel Shot” on Corn?

What is Appropriate Timing for the “Tassel Shot” on Corn? Updated

🕔15:58, 29.May 2015

More growers are implementing different “tassel shot” inputs as part of their corn management program. Wet weather and other issues may further complicate application timing of such inputs. This article discusses whether specific timing makes a big difference or not?

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Tire Traffic Soil Compaction Effects on Corn

Tire Traffic Soil Compaction Effects on Corn Updated

🕔13:25, 28.May 2015

As a lot of our corn approaches tassel, issues associated with tire traffic soil compaction are becoming more evident. This article discusses the consequences.

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When Should I Start Irrigating My Corn?

When Should I Start Irrigating My Corn? Updated

🕔10:05, 15.May 2015

The recent stretch of dry weather has prompted much conversation about the proper time to initiate irrigation for corn. This scenario usually generates a lot more anxiety than necessary because early season wilting is certainly not something we are very accustomed to.

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Use a Sound Corn Nitrogen Strategy to Combat Rainy Weather Updated

🕔17:31, 24.Apr 2015

Abundant spring rainfall can create havoc with corn nitrogen management by delaying fertilizer application and also promote massive nitrogen loss. These strategies should help enhance crop response during challenging conditions.

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Wheat Disease Update: April 24, 2015

Wheat Disease Update: April 24, 2015 Updated

🕔10:35, 24.Apr 2015

For the most part the Mississippi wheat crop is clean with regards to foliar diseases. However, some important issues are occurring that need to be addressed with regards to Fusarium head blight, stem maggot feeding, and general herbicide injury as these three issues can easily be confused with one another at the field level.

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Grain Sorghum Planting and Seeding Recommendations Updated

🕔16:16, 10.Apr 2015

Strong markets are driving Mississippi growers to plant a lot more grain sorghum than what could have been, considering the recent development of Sugarcane aphids as a threat to sorghum production. This article gives guidelines for getting your sorghum crop off to a good start.

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Are We Going to Get this Corn Crop Planted? Updated

🕔17:53, 7.Apr 2015

Much like the last 2-years, as rains delay corn planting progress, more concerns arise regarding whether you will have ample opportunity to plant your corn crop in a suitable time window. This article states new guidelines for late corn plantings based upon recent MSU research.

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2015 MSU Grain Sorghum Hybrid Suggestions Updated

🕔16:40, 18.Feb 2015

This effort lists those grain sorghum hybrids which have demonstrated superior productivity in the MSU MAFES Grain Sorghum Hybrid Trials and neighboring University trials. This information should help you pick well-suited sorghum hybrids for Mississippi.

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