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Calcium and Magnesium Management for Plant Growth

Calcium and Magnesium Management for Plant Growth

🕔14:16, 13.Oct 2021

Calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) are essential ‘secondary’ plant nutrients. Plants need less Ca or Mg than nitrogen, phosphorus, or potassium, but require more of them than micronutrients. Should Ca and Mg be in the fall soil nutrient management portfolio?

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September Means Fall Fertility

September Means Fall Fertility

🕔09:18, 21.Sep 2021

Justin McCoy calls into the Crop Doctors’ Podcast studio in Stoneville to share his ideas on fall fertilization. Justin, Jason, and Tom discuss soil sampling, fertilizer sources and application timings, importance of maintaining a good soil pH, and much more.

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Burning Stalks – What does it Really Cost?

Burning Stalks – What does it Really Cost?

🕔08:57, 13.Sep 2021

Despite all the focus on improving soil health, it may be easy to overlook the impact that crop residue management has on soils and future productivity. The residue generated in crop production systems can produce substantial benefits. This article discusses issues associated with burning crop residue.

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Fall is For Soil Carbon Market Preparations

Fall is For Soil Carbon Market Preparations

🕔16:52, 10.Sep 2021

Participating in the soil carbon (C) market requires baseline information about the producer’s inventory to offer potential buyers. This fall is the time for the soil carbon-curious growers to begin establishing their benchmarks. Surveys show the number of farmers participating

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Soil Management After Hurricane Ida

Soil Management After Hurricane Ida

🕔14:42, 2.Sep 2021

Hurricanes harness enormous wind or water energy that uproots or shreds trees, destroys buildings and signs, erodes coastlines, and otherwise creates havoc on the landscape. Safety is the primary consideration following natural disasters. This is a review of what we

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2021 Row Crop Short Course

2021 Row Crop Short Course

🕔13:30, 13.Aug 2021

Plans are currently being made to hold the 2021 Row Crop Short Course face to face at The Mill Conference Center in Starkville, MS.  We are closely monitoring the pandemic  as well as local health and safety guidelines and are

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Special Agents (Lime Version)

Special Agents (Lime Version)

🕔10:07, 31.Jul 2021

Acid pH in many Mississippi soils challenges plant growth regardless of scale, from a 400-acre row crop field to the back yard. While alkaline pH soils present some issues in the Blackland Prairies and some salt-impacted areas in the state,

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MS Ag Industry Council – 2021 Row Crop Update

MS Ag Industry Council – 2021 Row Crop Update

🕔18:10, 14.Jul 2021

We welcome you to attend the Row Crop Update at the 2021 Mississippi Agricultural Industry Council Annual Convention. This event is hosted at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama on Wednesday, July 21 starting at 8:00am.

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Why did the Kernels near the Ear Tip not Fill?

Why did the Kernels near the Ear Tip not Fill?

🕔17:37, 14.Jul 2021

Corn kernel set near the ear tip may vary considerably depending on a number of cultural and environmental factors. These kernels usually don’t fill when the plant can’t supply enough energy to support all of them. Therefore, if we want to improve our yields, we need to investigate reasons why kernel set is less than desired, so we can do better in the future.

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Identifying Corn Reproductive Stages and Management Implications

Identifying Corn Reproductive Stages and Management Implications

🕔17:35, 14.Jul 2021

Corn progresses through six stages as ears develop through reproductive growth stages. Identification of these stages can be helpful for timing development, making prudent management decisions and anticipating crop response to practices and environmental conditions.

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Lessons learned from on-farm cover crop trials & strategies for planning fall stewardship

Lessons learned from on-farm cover crop trials & strategies for planning fall stewardship

🕔11:26, 12.Jul 2021

Title: Lessons learned from on-farm cover crop trials & strategies for planning fall stewardship Location: Webinar Link out: Register Here Description: Learn about managing cover crops in the Midsouth. Reduce risk when getting started with cover crops by learning from the

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Estimating Nitrogen Loss in Corn from the June Flood

Estimating Nitrogen Loss in Corn from the June Flood

🕔11:35, 19.Jun 2021

The recent extraordinary rainfall and flooding has generated substantial concern about nitrogen (N) loss in corn. This year’s event is very unique because it occurred much later in the season than we normally experience. Therefore, we will discuss how this timing affects estimating losses and associated nutrient management.

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Immediately After the Flood Soil Management

Immediately After the Flood Soil Management

🕔14:47, 11.Jun 2021

All photos courtesy of Tucker Miller Flooding is challenging Mississippi families, homes, and farms again, hence, this should be a review for many readers. The first Mississippi Crop Situation post about flooded soils was published in May 2011. There is

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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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Avoiding Nutrient Movement in the Landscape

Avoiding Nutrient Movement in the Landscape

🕔15:54, 21.May 2021

We studied using ‘programmed decisions’ in a long-ago business management class to streamline responses: if this happens, then do X, Y, and Z. Of course, nothing ever happens according to plan. Planning reduces problems down the road however, we cannot

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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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Return on Investment, or Testimonials?

Return on Investment, or Testimonials?

🕔16:06, 7.May 2021

Newspapers were all paper and sometimes quite thick when I was younger. I trained myself to ignore almost all the advertisements in them to speed things along, particularly with Sunday editions. It may chagrin the business community to learn that

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How to Determine Corn Vegetative Growth Stages

How to Determine Corn Vegetative Growth Stages

🕔09:15, 1.May 2021

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 because it is used determine appropriate timing of many management practices, including herbicide application, sidedress fertilizer, etc….

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Mississippi Cotton Early Season Management Considerations 2021

Mississippi Cotton Early Season Management Considerations 2021

🕔14:46, 29.Apr 2021

Mississippi Cotton Early Season Management Considerations

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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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Get to Know Your Soil

Get to Know Your Soil

🕔11:39, 16.Apr 2021

Get to Know Your Soil The soils in Mississippi are diverse, reflecting parent material differences, the warm, humid climate, very active soil biology because of the warm, humid climate, and the unique topography. Agriculture in each part of the state

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Read the Fertilizer and Lime Labels!

Read the Fertilizer and Lime Labels!

🕔09:28, 9.Apr 2021

  To read and follow pesticide labels is common knowledge and accepted practice in agriculture. It should be practiced more for fertilizers, lime, and soil fertility enhancement products. Fertilizers: Why read these labels? The agriculture sector knows the three numbers

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Fundamental Fertilizer Management for 2021 in the Mid-South

Fundamental Fertilizer Management for 2021 in the Mid-South

🕔09:50, 31.Mar 2021

  Fertilizer prices are a trending topic of Plant 2021. Many, if not most row crop farmers in Mississippi and surrounding states address basic soil fertility needs either via fall applications of phosphorus (P) and potassium (K), and/or booking preseason

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It’s a Matter of Chemistry

It’s a Matter of Chemistry

🕔11:02, 26.Mar 2021

The presence or amount of various non-nutrient elements in foodstuffs has been in the media recently. What have been called ‘heavy metals’ and their neighbors, the ‘metalloids’, are factors in, and are influenced by soil chemistry, nutrient management, and soil

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Planning to Lime for the 2022 Crop

Planning to Lime for the 2022 Crop

🕔09:35, 20.Mar 2021

Wait a minute, aren’t we just now planting the 2021 crop? True, however, some fields being planted now will suffer from soil acidity issues this year. There may be short term band-aids available, but long-term solutions will be necessary. One

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