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2021 Virtual Insect Scout Schools

2021 Virtual Insect Scout Schools

🕔15:30, 3.May 2021

Due to the uncertainty of being allowed to hold face to face meetings during the early planning sessions for our Insect Scout Schools, we decided to pre-record the entire scout school for General Thresholds, Cotton, Corn, Grain Sorghum, and Soybean

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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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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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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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Cotton Leafroll Dwarf Virus: First Report in MS in 2019, Identification and Management Considerations

Cotton Leafroll Dwarf Virus: First Report in MS in 2019, Identification and Management Considerations

🕔10:51, 24.Jul 2019

A lot of information regarding a new cotton virus, cotton leafroll dwarf virus (CLRDV), has been swirling around the internet since last fall. A low number of CLRDV-positive samples were detected from Coahoma County, MS last week. The current blog post contains information regarding the virus.

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Bollworm Management in Cotton: 2019 Guidelines

Bollworm Management in Cotton: 2019 Guidelines

🕔14:59, 10.Jul 2019

As we write this article, July 10, 2019, there are only sporadic reports of bollworm eggs beginning to show up in MS cotton. Generally the first big bollworm flight begins around the week of July 4 and peaks around July

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Response of Cotton Varieties to Inoculation with Xanthomonas citri pv. malvacearum, the Causal Organism of Bacterial Blight

Response of Cotton Varieties to Inoculation with Xanthomonas citri pv. malvacearum, the Causal Organism of Bacterial Blight

🕔16:00, 9.Dec 2018

Response of the cotton varieties contained within the Official Variety Trial to bacterial blight are included in this blog post.

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Bollworm Management in Bt Cotton: Early July Update

Bollworm Management in Bt Cotton: Early July Update

🕔11:08, 12.Jul 2018

We have been getting reports of bollworm moth activity and low levels of eggs for about 10 days now in cotton. This week seems to be the week when the activity has really picked up and there are a lot

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Bollworm Management in Bt Cotton: Things to Consider at Planting Time

Bollworm Management in Bt Cotton: Things to Consider at Planting Time

🕔08:23, 24.Apr 2018

As the 2018 cotton season approaches, it is a good time to look back at 2017. From an insect management standpoint, the number one thing that stands out about last year is the amount of foliar sprays that were made

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Bollworm Moths and Eggs Plentiful in Cotton: How Aggressive Should We Be?

Bollworm Moths and Eggs Plentiful in Cotton: How Aggressive Should We Be?

🕔08:17, 15.Jul 2017

For the last 7-10 days we have flushed numerous bollworm moths in cotton around the state and are commonly picking up eggs and small larvae in places. We have had numerous calls from consultants seeing the same thing and several have

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Seed Treatment Choices For Cotton Will Be More Important In 2017

Seed Treatment Choices For Cotton Will Be More Important In 2017

🕔13:54, 25.Jan 2017

In 2017, the need to maximize thrips control to avoid foliar applications will be more important than ever. With the introduction and anticipation of numerous acres with the new herbicide traits resistant to Dicamba, there will be NO INSECTICIDE tank

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2016 On-Farm Cotton Variety Trial Data

🕔09:40, 12.Dec 2016

On-farm variety trials were conducted at a total of 17 location in 2016.  A total of 8 locations were in the Delta all of which were irrigated.  Nine locations were in the hills one of which was irrigated. With the exception

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Numerous Caterpillars Showing Up in Cotton

Numerous Caterpillars Showing Up in Cotton

🕔07:32, 13.Aug 2016

Over the last couple weeks, we have received numerous calls about multiple caterpillar pests in Bt cotton. By far, the most common and widespread species has been bollworm, but populations of fall armyworm are also high and we have even heard

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Pheromone Trap Counts and Assays, July 22, 2016

Pheromone Trap Counts and Assays, July 22, 2016

🕔13:51, 22.Jul 2016

Pheromone trap catches for tobacco budworm this week were at higher levels than normally seen during this time of year in all areas of the state. Bollworms were back down some this week after being quite high in some regions

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Spider Mites Showing up in Small Cotton in MS

Spider Mites Showing up in Small Cotton in MS

🕔08:10, 3.Jun 2016

Spider mites have been becoming more widespread over the last two weeks.  Currently we have quite a few acres requiring treatment for spider mites and several that have already received an application.  The hot dry weather we have been dealing with

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Cutworms Showing Up in Mississippi Crops

Cutworms Showing Up in Mississippi Crops

🕔14:32, 2.May 2016

We have had several calls over the last week about cutworms reducing plant densities in cotton, soybean, and non-Bt corn. Based on the number of calls, it appears that cutworm populations are much higher than they have been the last several

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New Program App Available for the 2015 MS Row Crop Short Course

New Program App Available for the 2015 MS Row Crop Short Course

🕔14:19, 16.Oct 2015

We had an App created that will allow you to review the program and register straight from your Smart Phone for the 2015 Mississippi Row Crop Short Course Nov. 30th – Dec. 2, 2015 at the Cotton Mill District in

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

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

🕔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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Cotton Insect Update: July 10, 2015

🕔19:02, 10.Jul 2015

Tarnished plant bug populations have continued to be high over the last couple weeks in the Delta. A lot of the cotton is at or near the bloom stage when it is most attractive to plant bugs.

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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

🕔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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Best Management Practices for Tarnished Plant Bug

🕔17:50, 5.Mar 2015

The tarnished plant bug is the most important insect pest of cotton in the Mississippi Delta. Management with insecticides has become difficult in recent years and more tools are needed to economically manage this pest. Although it is early March and we are getting pair of unusual winter storms in the Delta, it is not too early to start making a plan for managing tarnished plant bugs in cotton. We have done a lot of research over the last several years with the goal of making tarnished plant bug management more economical for producers without sacrificing yield. See the attached document for more details on the best management practices listed below.

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2015 Delta Ag Expo, Cleveland, MS – January 21 and 22, 2015

2015 Delta Ag Expo, Cleveland, MS – January 21 and 22, 2015

🕔11:27, 16.Jan 2015

Find attached the agenda for the 42nd Annual Delta Ag Expo to be held in Cleveland, MS on Wednesday, January 21 and Thursday, January 22, 2015. We hope to see you in attendance at the Bolivar County Ag Expo Center.

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Not all Boll Rots are caused by Bacterial Blight

Not all Boll Rots are caused by Bacterial Blight

🕔06:42, 31.Oct 2014

Boll rot appeared to be a common occurrence in numerous cotton fields at the end of the 2014 season. However, not all boll rot can be attributed to bacterial blight, especially in situations where the disease was not observed prior to harvest. Secondary fungal infection can ultimately obscure the observable boll symptoms associated with bacterial blight. Keep this in mind when scouting fields at the end of the season as bacterial blight boll lesions can oftentimes be obscured by secondary fungal invaders.

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Managing Cotton Aphids in 2014

🕔16:11, 25.Jul 2014

We had a few calls over the last week about poor control of cotton aphid with Transform. In all of those cases, the field was actually sprayed for plant bugs with a 1.5 oz rate of Transform. That rate should be very effective on cotton aphid based on previous experience. As a result, we collected aphids from three different fields this week to test their susceptibility to Transform.

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North Mississippi Research and Extension Center’s Agronomic Row Crops Field Day on Thursday, August 7

🕔08:39, 25.Jul 2014

The North Mississippi Research and Extension Center’s Agronomic Row Crops Field Day on Thursday, August 7 will present the latest research to the area’s row-crop farmers and consultants. The field day will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lee County Agri-Center Magnolia Conference Center on Highway 145 South in Verona.

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