Back to homepage

Soil Management

When to Terminate Irrigation in Corn

When to Terminate Irrigation in Corn

🕔16:41, 21.Jul 2021

As the corn crop nears maturity, knowing when you can safely terminate irrigation, without sacrificing yield, or wasting money and labor through unnecessary irrigation is likely the most important decision that will affect your bottom line. This article outlines the steps needed to help make these decisions accurately and reliable.

Read Full Article
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

Read Full Article
Soil Carbon Market Questions

Soil Carbon Market Questions

🕔11:04, 26.Jun 2021

The best business managers have long-term, pro-active strategies to achieve their goals. Soil carbon (C) may not appear on the top, or even near the top of pressing concerns at this point in the season for growers. But this crop

Read Full Article
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

Read Full Article
Trapping Nutrients in the Landscape

Trapping Nutrients in the Landscape

🕔16:56, 4.Jun 2021

Photos courtesy of Dr. Mary L. Tagert The third part of Avoid, Control, and Trap agricultural environmental stewardship practices for nutrients and sediment is trapping them, literally keeping them on the land, reducing excess inputs to water bodies. Best Management

Read Full Article
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.

Read Full Article
Controlling Nutrient Movement in Landscapes

Controlling Nutrient Movement in Landscapes

🕔13:33, 28.May 2021

The greatest challenges for agricultural water management are getting water on fields, and then getting water off fields in the warm humid mid-South. Exiting water contains dissolved nutrients and sediments that may pose issues. Controlling the nutrient (or sediment) movement

Read Full Article
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

Read Full Article
The Nutrient Stewardship Entrance Exam for Production Agriculture

The Nutrient Stewardship Entrance Exam for Production Agriculture

🕔16:58, 14.May 2021

The ACT, a standardized test used by colleges for admission decisions, covers English, mathematics, reading, and scientific reasoning. These categories may be unfamiliar if you are a little older as they were revised in 1989. Another ACT concept uses Best

Read Full Article
Practical steps to improve on-farm soil and nutrient stewardship

Practical steps to improve on-farm soil and nutrient stewardship

🕔09:43, 13.May 2021

Title: Practical steps to improve on-farm soil and nutrient stewardship Location: Webinar Link out: Click here Description: Join Dr. Beth Baker and Dr. Larry Oldham with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, along with Mr. Parker Frew from Delta F.A.R.M.

Read Full Article
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

Read Full Article
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

Read Full Article
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

Read Full Article
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

Read Full Article
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

Read Full Article
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

Read Full Article
Effect of Poultry Litter Applications on Soil Physical Properties

Effect of Poultry Litter Applications on Soil Physical Properties

🕔08:49, 12.Mar 2021

Healthy soils have thriving biological populations busy recycling nutrients. Just as good working environments aid human productivity, good working environments foster the soil biological population. Soil physical factors that impact this work environment include aggregation, bulk density, and water holding

Read Full Article

Practices That Sequester Soil Carbon

🕔13:49, 5.Mar 2021

  Soil carbon (C) sequestration is the practice of growing plants to capture atmospheric C and store it in the soil to mitigate climate change. Soil carbon sequestration is not a magic bullet for climate mitigation but has a role

Read Full Article
Managing Soils for Carbon Sequestration

Managing Soils for Carbon Sequestration

🕔10:03, 26.Feb 2021

Private and public sector stakeholders are striving to boost soil carbon (C) as a climate migration strategy. This note will focus on the science of soil C, and management practices that may increase it. Carbon markets, public policy, and individual

Read Full Article
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.

Read Full Article

Requirements for Biosolid Applications on Cropland in Mississippi

🕔15:06, 11.Feb 2021

Most growers know the soil benefits from applying animal manures to their land. Some farmers have used municipal sludge (biosolids) as a fertilizer to provide nutrients and organic matter that improves soil properties. The biosolids have been treated to stabilize

Read Full Article

Sulfur, the Quiet Plant Nutrient

🕔09:56, 5.Feb 2021

Sulfur (S) is essential for growing plants. It is a component of two of the amino acids that make up proteins. According to The Fertilizer Institute, 200 bushels of corn per acre removes 16 pounds and 60 bushels of soybeans

Read Full Article
Reviewing Poultry Litter as a Row Crop Fertilizer

Reviewing Poultry Litter as a Row Crop Fertilizer

🕔09:34, 15.Jan 2021

It is time to once again review using poultry litter, aka broiler litter, to fertilize row crops. Many growers now have their own experiences, so this should be a reminder. Prior to the last 10-15 years, poultry litter was primarily

Read Full Article
Actively Patient – Soils

Actively Patient – Soils

🕔14:01, 18.Dec 2020

It takes time to change soils. After making the business decision to actively manage for soil health, producers often are frustrated that results are not immediately apparent! We did all this, and nothing happened! Alternatively, we may see some changes in

Read Full Article
Soil Properties and Runoff

Soil Properties and Runoff

🕔14:55, 21.Aug 2020

Soils are the environmental regulators of rain: when it falls, soil properties determine if it goes into the soil (infiltration) or across the surface (runoff). In the runoff water there may be sediment and whatever is attached to it, nutrients

Read Full Article

Subscribe to receive updates

More Info By