Reporting from East Mississippi is Phillip McKibben, Maben
9/16/2014 – Things are finally starting to unwind for us.
We’re about 70% finished harvesting a really good corn crop (some of it was exceptional), 40% finished harvesting our early beans, starting to cut milo, and now we’re defoliating our earliest cotton and digging sweet potatoes.
Loopers really built in our wheat beans and they were all treated within the past two weeks. Treatments are still holding fine. We also had stinkbugs moving into the latest soybeans, but removed them with the same treatments. Kudzu bugs remained a non-issue for us this year; we saw one.
Sweet potatoes will require our attention for at least another month, but the acreage will decrease weekly, easing the load of scouting. Cutworms will remain our greatest threat, but we’re right at the start of the fall emergence of Sugarcane beetles, and the prospect of their arrival nags constantly. Harvest is the only cure for that malady when it occurs.
***Sweet potatoes – eat more… you will live longer, be happier, have better eyesight, fight cancer, increase your stamina, and even stay regular. How do you beat that for .79 per pound??
Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
9/16/2014 – Defoliation has picked up this week and last. Picking would have started last Thursday but rains and cloudy weather have delayed progress. Today we have a 60% chance of rain but tomorrow we get into a better forecast. Defoliation reports have gone out and a lot of acres should have first shot by Friday.
A few peanuts were being dug yesterday and more will be ready by the end of this week. Youngest peanuts are 100 days old and are still getting fungicide treatments. A few fields have VBC but none at treatment levels as of yesterday.
I have a few soybean fields that have to be protected but insects are pretty low with exception of a few fields that are receiving treatments for loopers and VBC. Stink bugs are very low. Most fields are safe from insects at this point.
Reporting from the South Delta is Andy Tonos, Greenville
9/17/2015 – The last bit of corn has been harvested. Yields were great! In a lot of cases the dry land did equivalent or some better than the irrigated. Soybean yields have been great also. Spraying the last few fields for stink bugs. Doing good bit of sodium chlorate to keep things going on a few farms. Rice yields so far have been good also still good bit of beans and rice left to harvest. Will start defoliating cotton in a week or so. Things are winding down. I’m sure everyone is glad – I know I am!
P.S. – Allen McKnight returned back to work the last few days and is doing well.
Reporting from the South Delta is Trent LaMastus, Cleveland
9/17/2014 – The last of the corn I check will be harvested by the end of this week. From 35-40% of my cotton has been defoliated and it looks like this crop is extremely good to excellent.
Still taking care of a couple thousand acres of wheat beans, recently sprayed for stinkbugs and loopers. Harvested soybean yields range from very good to excellent.
Sugar cane aphids crashed in milo which is about a week away from harvest.
I started soil sampling yesterday.