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Posts From Whitney Crow, Extension Entomologist

Heliothine Trap Catches, July 9, 2020

Heliothine Trap Catches, July 9, 2020

🕔10:11, 9.Jul 2020

After two months of bollworm trap catches running higher than normal, this week the catches are similar to long-term averages. Tobacco budworm catches were also about average for this time of year.

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Rainfall and Insecticide Efficacy

Rainfall and Insecticide Efficacy

🕔14:47, 8.Jul 2020

With the increase of rain showers this week and tarnished plant bug numbers starting to pick up in some places, now is a good time to revisit the impact of rainfall on insecticide performance. Rainfastness is a complex topic because

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Southwestern Corn Borer Traps, July 4, 2020

Southwestern Corn Borer Traps, July 4, 2020

🕔20:25, 3.Jul 2020

Trap counts for southwestern corn borer are highly variable this week.  We did have two locations in Tate and Leflore Counties that exceeded the threshold this week.  As a reminder, thresholds for southwestern corn borer suggest spraying non-Bt corn 7

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Heliothine Trap Counts, July 2, 2020

Heliothine Trap Counts, July 2, 2020

🕔10:10, 2.Jul 2020

Bollworm pheromone trap catches were higher than long-term averages again this week as they have been all year, while tobacco budworm catches were about the same as long-term averages. As most corn is advancing past the green silk stage, more

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Southwestern Corn Borer Traps, June 27, 2020

Southwestern Corn Borer Traps, June 27, 2020

🕔08:12, 27.Jun 2020

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Heliothine Moth Trap Catches, June 25, 2020

Heliothine Moth Trap Catches, June 25, 2020

🕔15:03, 25.Jun 2020

Bollworm pheromone trap catches were not extremely high this week, but June overall set a new high average trap catch and it the high catches were distributed among most monitored counties. To give some perspective, the highest previous years of

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Heliothine Trap Catches, June 19, 2020

Heliothine Trap Catches, June 19, 2020

🕔08:06, 20.Jun 2020

Bollworm pheromone moth trap catches have continued to be very high again this week in nearly all traps across the state. Tobacco budworm trap catches were also high in a few traps, suggesting that worm pressure from both species could

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Southwestern Corn Borer Traps, June 20, 2020

Southwestern Corn Borer Traps, June 20, 2020

🕔14:38, 19.Jun 2020

This is our first week of reporting southwestern corn borer trap counts.  We had some numbers reported last week but they were extremely low (0-2).  This week, a couple of traps started to pick up more moths, so we may

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Early Season Plant Bug Management Utilizing Square Retention

Early Season Plant Bug Management Utilizing Square Retention

🕔15:27, 12.Jun 2020

With the season progressing and the onset of pinhead square, square retention will be an important factor in early season plant bug management.  Prior to bloom, monitoring square retention is highly recommended as an additional tool to compliment sweep net

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Foliar Thrips Control Options in Cotton: Pros and Cons

Foliar Thrips Control Options in Cotton: Pros and Cons

🕔07:50, 30.May 2020

Thrips pressure to date has been a mixed bag. Some areas have reported treatable numbers, while in other areas seed treatments have held well. Going forward, should you need to treat thrips with a foliar insecticide there are a few

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Calibration of In-Furrow Sprays

Calibration of In-Furrow Sprays

🕔09:31, 2.May 2020

As we finally move into drier conditions and cotton planting is starting full swing, more and more folks are adopting in-furrow sprays for thrips control. We have had several questions regarding calibration of in-furrow sprays. Below are are few tips

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Redbanded Stink Bug Survey: Week of 4/27/20

Redbanded Stink Bug Survey: Week of 4/27/20

🕔14:49, 1.May 2020

We have sampled enough areas at this point to feel reasonably certain that some areas will experience issues with RBSB this season. To what extent is yet to be determined. We will likely not continue the weekly surveys in weeks

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Redbanded Stink Bug Survey: Week of 4/20/20

Redbanded Stink Bug Survey: Week of 4/20/20

🕔13:52, 24.Apr 2020

*Each week we sample, we will add to the previous weeks post with updated map and new counties This year has been unusual to say the least with the COVID-19 outbreak. During this time, worker availability has become our limiting

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Redbanded Stink Bug Survey 4/13/20

Redbanded Stink Bug Survey 4/13/20

🕔08:24, 17.Apr 2020

*Each week we sample, we will add to the previous weeks post with updated map and new counties This year has been unusual to say the least with the COVID-19 outbreak. During this time, worker availability has become our limiting

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Grain Sorghum Planting and Management Recommendations

Grain Sorghum Planting and Management Recommendations

🕔17:12, 16.Apr 2020

Grain sorghum can be a consistent crop suited for dryland acreage and marginal fields in the Midsouth. It also produces many benefits when grown in rotation with our primary crops. This article outlines important planting practices and management tips needed to grow a successful sorghum crop.

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Bollworm Outlook for 2020

Bollworm Outlook for 2020

🕔09:35, 15.Apr 2020

The 2019 season was one of the most challenging years we have had from a bollworm standpoint in both cotton and soybeans.  The issue was not from a numbers standpoint where the numbers overwhelmed the traits and foliar insecticides.  It

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2020 Grain Sorghum Hybrid Suggestions

2020 Grain Sorghum Hybrid Suggestions

🕔12:01, 9.Apr 2020

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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True Armyworm and Stink Bug in Wheat

True Armyworm and Stink Bug in Wheat

🕔07:36, 9.Apr 2020

Armyworms: Over the last few days we have had several reports of true armyworms showing up in wheat. Most of the calls received so far have reported numerous worms at the ground level starting to defoliate up the plant. Once

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True Armyworms in Corn

True Armyworms in Corn

🕔07:34, 9.Apr 2020

We have gotten numerous calls over the last week about true armyworms in seedling corn. Although this is not extremely unusual, the widespread occurrence of high true armyworm numbers across the southern region in wheat and corn (and grass in

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Redbanded Stink Bug Survey 4/6/20

Redbanded Stink Bug Survey 4/6/20

🕔07:20, 9.Apr 2020

*Each week we sample, we will add to the previous weeks post with updated map and new counties This year has been unusual to say the least with the COVID-19 outbreak. During this time, worker availability has become our limiting

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Redbanded Stink Bug Survey 4/2/20

Redbanded Stink Bug Survey 4/2/20

🕔09:12, 2.Apr 2020

This year has been unusual to say the least with the COVID-19 outbreak. During this time, worker availability has become our limiting factor.  It has ultimately limited our ability to conduct as many state wide surveys with student workers at

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2020 Recommendations for Controlling Thrips in Cotton

2020 Recommendations for Controlling Thrips in Cotton

🕔07:00, 18.Mar 2020

Not much has changed since last year in regards to thrips control via insecticide seed treatment. Thrips are considered the number one pest of seedling cotton. Tobacco thrips are the species that are encountered more than 90% of the time

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Redbanded Stink Bug: What to Expect in 2020

Redbanded Stink Bug: What to Expect in 2020

🕔11:08, 13.Mar 2020

We have been getting some questions about what to expect this upcoming season with RBSB in soybean. While we have had a few freezes and cold snaps this winter, we do not believe we have had a cold enough winter

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County Meeting Schedule – February 2020

County Meeting Schedule – February 2020

🕔21:55, 30.Jan 2020

Mississippi State University Extension will be hosting several more county row crop meetings during February of 2020. Each meeting will cover issues specific to the region including management topics on agronomics, insects, weeds, diseases, and economics. A meal will be

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Upcoming County Meetings – January 22-23, 2020

Upcoming County Meetings – January 22-23, 2020

🕔10:25, 17.Jan 2020

Mississippi State University Extension will be hosting several county row crop meetings in January and February of 2020. Each meeting will cover issues specific to the region including management topics on agronomics, insects, weeds, diseases, and economics. A meal will

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