Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
9/23/2013 – All cotton has been terminated from insecticides at this point and picking started this past weekend. More picking will begin this week and defoliation is going out every day.
Peanut harvest started yesterday and digging is ongoing. I still have some acres that will receive fungicide treatments and will be treated for insects if needed.
Earliest soybeans are at R5.8. Most beans are done to cut. Yields have been excellent so far and expect them to continue to be. VBC are getting fairly heavy in some late beans. I will look back on today to make treatment decisions.
I still have one grower harvesting corn.
Reporting from the North Delta is Ed Whatley, Clarksdale
9/23/2013 – Terminated all fields. Cotton defoliated or being defoliated. Harvest continues; Corn – complete, Milo – complete, Soybeans – 30-40% complete. Yields are excellent. We have truly been blessed with this crop.
Reporting from East Mississippi is Bert Falkner, West Point
9/23/2014 – We’re defoliating a lot of cotton this week, with some taking 2 shots. The weather has been perfect for defoliating. Picking has begun but no handle on yields yet.
I’m still keeping an eye on the wheat beans. We’ve defoliated more beans this year than in the past. Yields are ranging from 45-55 bu./a. Those dry land bean acres that missed some rains will be less.
Corn Harvest is 90% complete. We’ve had extremely good yields on dry land and irrigated acres.
Peanut digging started but was stopped because it was too dry. After a rain last Thursday digging resumed. Haven’t started combining any yet.
Our sweet potato set is good but size is not due to dry weather. Some growers are delaying harvest to try and get more size.
In ground moisture sensors are the best technology I’ve worked with in a long time – great tool!
Reporting from the South Delta is Nick King, Yazoo City
9/23/2014 – This crop is coming to an end. I am still defoliating cotton and checking some wheat beans. Our cotton is behind where we are normally and the bulk of our cotton is getting defoliated the end of the week or first of next week with its first shot. The wheat beans are starting to turn and insect pressure is low. We started digging our peanuts a week ago and our growers have started harvesting this week. Our peanuts are coming off about 10-14 day earlier than we have been in the past.
Reporting from the South Delta is Jason Grafton, Madison
9/24/2014 – Most of the corn crop has been harvested. What remains left continues to be a good crop. We are pretty deep into the soybean harvest as well. Yields have held steady at really good to excellent. We are still making rounds on a few fields of wheat beans but should let them go next week. Initial report on cotton harvest is excellent. This is based on a small amount of acres but it’s a good start. Prior to this week little defoliant has gone out. This week is not the case. Everyone is ready to GO. We should start digging peanuts next week.