Reporting from East Mississippi is Phillip McKibben
7/21/2014 – In cotton, we used to talk about Pix rates in terms of ounces per acre… seems like these days our rates are more in terms of pints per acre. We have most of our cotton under control, but overall it’s a little taller than we would have preferred. Plant bugs are under control. Aphids are still light.
Most of our early beans had a fungicide applied, later beans are getting one now, and our wheat beans look good but have a long way to go.
Corn is beginning to dent.
Sweet potatoes look great… which usually means nothing relating to yield and quality. This crop has definitely had more rain than it has needed; we are just hoping for the best. We are seeing some “blackleg”, a bacterial rot that is not common at all. Hopefully when the constant rains subside so will this disease.
Reporting from the South Delta is Lauren Green, Greenwood
7/21/2014 – Rainfall was anywhere from 2 inches to almost 7 inches last Friday. Corn is a third to half way to black layer in most all acres. Finding some southern rust in fields along with diplodia ear rot and very little trichoderma. Sorghum should finish heading out this week and will be scouted for midge. Some was treated last week for sugarcane aphid. Will also be looking for headworms. Soybeans range anywhere from R1 to R6. Insect pressure is building in places. Spraying for stink bugs in places on older beans. Starting to flush podworm moths yet not finding threshold of worms anywhere yet. Disease pressure is still light except for frogeye leaf spot on susceptible varieties. Cotton is from tenth node to full bloom. Plant bug pressure has been moderate in places to needing to trim along some borders every 4-5 days. Began to find around ten percent egg lay today and still flushing some bollworm moths. Also had a few fields today where aphids were building to high numbers.
Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
7/21/2014 – Rain last Friday dropped from .4 to 1.25″. The further west toward the Mississippi River the more rain. In the areas that were drought stressed we received the least amount of rain. Cotton ranges from 11th node to 19 nodes and overall looks really good. Drought areas have around 16-17 nodes and a decent load but are pretty much bloomed out. Aphids in some areas have crashed and in others are building. Plant bugs are still extremely light with exception of a couple of isolated spots. PGRs are going out in most areas and are pretty much going out alone. Flushing lots of bollworm moths as well as tobacco budworm moths in cotton over the weekend and today. Finding lots of eggs in terminals as well as bloom tags. Bacterial blight is in lots of fields as well.
Soybeans are from V3-R5.5 and look really good across the board. We are still dealing with army worms in young beans where we are treating grass. Kudzu bugs are still building in lots of fields but I have not sprayed for them yet. Worms are extremely scarce in beans but have been flushing lots of moths in the last couple of days.
Peanuts are looking really good and still yet to find any disease. I will look at a bunch of peanut fields tomorrow so I probably shouldn’t have said “no disease”. Insects are extremely light as well.
Southern rust has blown up in the last week in oldest corn. Oldest corn is probably 10 days to black layer so hopefully it won’t hurt too bad.
Reporting from the North Delta is Billy Price, Charleston
7/21/2014 – Corn is pretty much done and with the rain we had last Friday, we had 1.5 to 6.5″ this may carry us to black layer on some of our older corn. Very little fungicides have been applied.
Beans range from gave up to R5.5 and our older beans look great. We have applied fungicide and insecticide on our older beans earlier and stink bugs are building up and may have to hit them again also flushing looper and bollworm moth. The younger beans we had army worms to deal with.
Cotton ranges from 6 NAWF to 9, on some farms we were not able to get PGR’s out on time and cotton is too tall!! Since mid-part of last week we started flushing bollworm and looper moth, so far most cotton has good fruit retention and most has had two plant bug sprays.
Grain Sorghum is just starting to head, we set some up today to treat for Midge on one farm we planted early.
Hope to get out of this early corn soon and these early beans will cut in late August. These late beans may go into October. Hope prices improve soon.
Reporting from the North Delta is Tim Sanders, Sarah
7/22/2014 – Cotton: Cotton ranges from just blooming to some older cotton at NAWF 4. Plantbugs are still the main issue. Numbers are moderate in most cases but steady. Anything near corn is constant and some have been very high. Aphids are beginning to show up but are very light so far. No mite issues yet. Bollworm moths are becoming more prevalent.
Soybeans: Beans range from unifoliate stage to mid R5. A few armyworms were treated last week along with glyphosate in a couple of young fields. Older beans are beginning to draw in enough stinkbugs to treat in a few fields. BLB numbers have been low all year. Bollworm moths are picking up. It has been pretty quiet.
Corn: All corn is entering dent stage and some may be at black layer in 10-14 days. Disease and insect pressure has been light.
Rice: Oldest rice is nearly 100% headed. Stinkbugs have been low so far. We have a good bit at late boot to boot split. Younger rice is entering boot stage. Sheath blight has been present but light. Fungicides have gone out for sheath blight and smut control on some varieties.
Milo: Most milo is heading and midge applications have gone out. Aphid pressure has been light so far but may get worse behind midge sprays.
Most crops have made big improvements with consistent rains.