Reporting from the North Delta is Tim Sanders, Sarah
7/21/2016 – Cotton looks good. Plantbugs are increasing and bollworms are also starting to show up. Spider mites are popping up in some fields and we have been treating them as we go. Even areas that have had low insect pressure all year are getting hotter.
Beans: Most beans are from R3-R5. Fungicides have gone out on irrigated beans and insects have been light. Bollworms are showing up now though in the young beans.
Corn is nearly done. All corn is in dent and many fields are either being watered one last time or just got a rain at the end of last week. A few fields are entering black layer.
Rice: My youngest rice is in early boot. Most fields are boot split to heading. We may drain a little rice next week. Stinkbugs are not everywhere but continue to show up on a good amount of acreage. Armyworms have been bad on edges and grassy areas in fields where we struggled to control it. They are also in some of the heading rice. We are treating some fields with pyrethroids.
Reporting from the North Delta is Will Price, Charleston
7/21/2016 – I hope all is going well for everyone. This season has been a long and busy one with quite a stretch to go, but hopefully all the hard work by all pays off at the finish!
Corn: Most of my corn is past R5 and basically monitoring disease pressure or lack thereof, and answering questions about when to terminate irrigation. I am cautiously optimistic about yields.
Cotton: Fields are from 13-18 nodes. Making PGR applications, mostly tied in with insecticide as well. Insect pressure has been relatively light, but has increased over the last 10-14 days. Most all cotton I am scouting has been treated twice for plant bugs, and about half is scheduled/just treated for the 3rd time. Bollworm moths have been seen sparingly over the last 10 days, but no egg or larvae numbers of any note to this point. Also seeing aphids cluster is spots and treated some cotton for them on one farm. Cotton has an excellent fruit load for the most part.
Soybeans: Stage ranges from R2-R5. Mostly we are just trying to stay on schedule with irrigation. Clover worms are increasing in older beans and I am picking up boll/pod worms at very low numbers. Kudzu bugs are a nuisance, but nothing of enormous number in my area. The only thing I am treating is armyworms in young beans with heavy grass pressure.
Reporting from the South Delta is Pete Mims Baughman, Indianola
7/21/2016 – Soybeans are R3-R5 stage of development. Fungicide applications are being made to R3-R4 beans. Beginning to pick up bollworms in R3-R4 beans and picking up scattered stinkbugs in older R5 beans.
All corn is dent stage of development. Milk starch line is 1/4 to 3/4. Oldest corn is receiving last irrigation this week.
Rice is from midseason nitrogen application to milk/dough stage Rice that is beginning to head is receiving fungicide applications at this point. Leaf blast is being observed on susceptible varieties. Some of the younger rice is being treated for armyworms at this time using a pyrethroid.
Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
7/21/2016 – Cotton is moving along extremely quick. Lots of my acres are at 2-4 NAWF this week. Lots of bollworm/budworm activity. Plant bugs are extremely erratic and aphids are exploding. Most cotton has had good rains in the past 10 days. I’m hoping aphids will crash soon. Cotton looks really good overall. Still have some fields that are in tough shape and need lots of rain soon.
Peanuts are from 60-90 days old and look extremely good. Disease is still low to nonexistent. Loopers, Falls, and a few bollworms are in most fields but at low numbers. No treatments going out at the present time.
Corn is from early dent to 2 weeks from harvest. Corn looks really good. Rains this week finished most acres out.
Soybeans from R3 to R5.6. Still not a lot of issues in beans. Most soybeans are at R3 this week. Early beans look extremely good. Most of my area with soybeans are on the dry side. Hopefully those areas can get some rain before long or yields will be reduced.
Reporting from East Mississippi is Phillip McKibben, Maben
7/22/2016 – Corn – black layer will be reached within 10 days on most of our corn. Yield projection for irrigated – 180 bushel average, dryland – 125 bushels. I’d love to be proven wrong on both accounts.
Soybean – the bulk of our crop is coming into R3 to early R5. Recent rains have offered us potential, we will need additional rainfall to realize it. Kudzu bugs are nasty. They smell bad, taste bad, and can burn your skin. Fortunately, the numbers have not dictated specific applications targeting them. Stinkbugs are non-existent. Alfalfa hoppers have been above threshold in some fields (yes, the new threshold). Worms have really taken off in a few small pockets; these are mixtures of Cloverworms, Loopers, and Podworms. Frogeye is showing up in some different varieties than we were expecting, and it is not everywhere, but with each shower of rain, it shows up in more and fields.
Cotton – Most has had two shots of Pix, some got a single pint where we had uneven emergence, and thus delayed the first shot. Aphids have been hard to spot until this week, but now seem to be blossoming. Plantbugs have been very manageable to date.
Milo – Aphids are still difficult to find, midge never showed their faces during bloom, but recently headworms went from zero to threshold in about five days. We’re at soft-dough stage through the top half of most heads, and counting on the Prevathon to take us the rest of the way through.
Sweetpotato – I mention this crop last only because I feel like it bores some folks… like it’s not a ‘real’ crop. It is a difficult crop to learn and difficult to learn how to manage. The growing is the easy part. Consistently producing high yields is the challenge.
Sweetpotato is a storage root; designed to survive hard times. It stresses the mind every time it rains, and inner turmoil begins. Corn gets a rain and we say “Yeah”. Beans get a rain and we say “Yeah”. Cotton gets a rain and we say “Yeah”. Sweetpotatoes get a rain and we’re like “Okay, I guess, sure hope it wasn’t too much, but we sure needed it… I think”. Sometimes the highly stressed crops become some of our best crops; we just have to get some rain at the end to size them up, but not too much rain or they all rot in the ground.