Consultant Commentary – Up-to-Date Information from Mississippi’s Crop Professionals

Reporting from the North Delta is Winston Earnheart, Ph.D., Tunica
7/25/2015 – Cotton is fruited nicely and is under control on plant bugs. We are getting a fairly large influx or worm moths and eggs, with some worm under stuck blooms. This is prompting us to recommend combination doses of insecticide that include a phosphate and a pyrethroid to control both plant bugs and worms. We are seeing a little red spider in places, and aphids have not been a problem so far.
Milo is beginning to get infestations of sugarcane aphid, and there have been some combination midge and aphid doses go out. There are some fields, however, that have not reached treatment levels of aphids. The milo crop, so far, looks good. We have used on midge either Blackhawk or a pyrethroid and have been pleased with both. Aphids are receiving treatment of either Transform or Sivanto.
Soybeans have had only a few fields reach treatment levels of stink bugs or bean leaf beetles. Many fields received the R3 dose of fungicide and insecticide. Green clover worms have been the predominant looper, but leaf loss has been minimal.
Rice fields are beginning to head in the older fields, with some fields showing tanning of the heads. Some of the fields that headed first received insecticide doses for rice stink bugs, but not all fields have met treatment levels. Varieties other than hybrids will be receiving a fungicide dose at boot split for blast, sheath blight and kernel smut. Sheath blight has been light so far this year in my area.
Older corn was receiving their last irrigation the first part of the week, but rains were prevalent toward the end of the week. We found only a few fields of corn with southern rust. The corn crop looks good over all.

Reporting from the North Delta is Tucker Miller, Drew
7/24/2015 – Milo – spraying the later milo for head worms – older milo will desiccate first of the week.
Soybeans – have received some much needed rain, but where we missed beans are headed south fast. Late beans that are R 3.5 have threshold of boll worms, and we are spraying those. Wheat beans aren’t blooming yet, and we are still applying weed control measures. Using Roundup, Blazer, and Zidua on most of these for lay by.
Cotton – latest cotton with 14 nodes and starting to bloom – oldest with 20 nodes and 5-6 NAWF. Plant bugs, aphids and worm eggs have been our latest problem. Finding scattered mites, mostly on edges. Cotton looks good where irrigated or caught a rain lately. Still have dry spots where cotton is cutting out. Overall my cotton is two weeks later than normal.
Peanuts – insects have been low, we caught a rain this week right after our second white mold shot. We are about 80 days.
Corn – most corn has reached black layer with good moisture. Still have small acreage that will need more irrigation probably – two more weeks.

Reporting from the South Delta is Andy Tonos, Greenville
7/25/2015 – Soybeans-range anywhere from R2 full bloom to Late R6 early R7. Spraying for bollworms in Younger beans and stink bugs in older beans. Close to termination on irrigation on some of the earliest fields. We’re still cleaning up weeds and grasses, mostly where there were canopy issues. No weed control better than shade!!
Rice-ranges from 2nd mid-season shot to fully headed. Applied fungicides and stink bug sprays. Cleaned up the last bit of weeds and grass escapes within the last week or two.
Grain Sorghum-is fully headed in the milk to dough stage recently sprayed for head worms and sugar cane aphids.
Corn- irrigated most all for the last time and terminated irrigation on most by now. At or close to the black layer with the exception of a few late fields.

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
Cotton is from 15th node to cutout. Some fields have been sprayed form worms over the weekend. Spider mites are picking up in some fields with treatments being made where needed. Dry, hot weather is hurting more than anything right now. Cotton in two counties around Hattiesburg have received much needed rains over the past several days. Counties on the west side are really getting in trouble. Bugs have been light but lack of rain has hit those areas hard.
Peanuts are from 32-89 DAP. Peanuts for the most part are looking really good. Disease is still almost nonexistent. Insects are light also.
Corn is drying down and hopefully harvest will start in 2 weeks.
Soybeans are suffering on most acres I look at. If they are not irrigated, they are stressed right now. Rain chances increase at the end of this week and hopefully will come.

Reporting from the South Delta is Bruce Pittman, Coila
7/28/2015 – Earliest planted soybeans are at R6+ and safe from insect and disease and are being watered for the last time this week. Later planted beans have been treated for bollworm, loopers and stinkbugs using 7oz. Besiege plus 1gal to 100 a. Lambda-Cy.
I’ve not been bothered by midge in milo this year but have had heavy numbers of armyworms, bollworms and webworms. Treated these acres with Besiege and we’ll see if sugarcane aphids are flared.
We’ve had moderate numbers of plant bugs, as usual and have been able to keep them under control with pyrethroid plus acephate on a 12-14 day interval. Applied ¾ oz. Transform plus .75# acephate where plant bugs and aphids were present. Where spider mites are a concern, we’ve used Portal and Abamex – Portal performed better but more costly. Cotton is fruited well. Who know what these high temps have done to quality.
Have applied one white mold app of Abound in peanuts earlier and Tilt and Bravo for leaf spot. On the next while mold treatment, I’ll use Abound on half of acres and Convoy on the other half.
We’ve had no rain since July 4th.

Reporting from the South Delta is Trent LaMastus, Cleveland
7/28/2015 – Cotton growth stages range from 1st bloom to cut-out. Oldest cotton continues to have pressure from worms, eggs, spider mites and plant bugs. Overall, older cotton is good but too early to tell on the late planted crop.
We’re terminating some soybean acres this week and have treated some of the later planted acres for bollworms and stink bugs. Frogeye is showing up and we’re treating some acres where only a single fungicide was used earlier. Irrigation is going wherever possible.
Most corn acres have been terminated except for 2 fields that I’ll continue to check for a couple of more weeks. They’ll probably start cutting some samples mid to late next week in this area.
Aphids have been light all year in milo. The oldest is approaching black layer. The late planted milo is heading sporadically and we’ll probably have to treat late season.

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Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
7/24/2015 – Dry, hot weather is taking its toll on everything right now. The western counties I look at have not had a significant rain since June 23rd. Hattiesburg area received rains over the past three days with totals being from .1″ to 2.5″. Cotton is from 14th to 20 nodes with some acres at cutout. This heat has really got cotton in a hurry. Rains around Hattiesburg and surrounding counties truly saved this older cotton crop. Southern army worms are pretty consistent in some fields with a few fields being treated. Spider mites are present across the board with a few fields being treated. Plant bugs are still light and aphids are all but gone. Lots of bollworm moths being flushed with 10-15% eggs. No treatments yet but probably will next week.
Peanuts are holding their own and are progressing nicely. Spider mites are building quickly in 50% of acres and will receive treatments next week. Few worms but nothing at treatable levels.
Most weed work is finally over and just about all fields have lapped.
Soybeans are struggling with heat and lack of moisture. Loopers are beginning to build with a few brown stink bugs in the mix. Hopefully rains will come soon.
The little bit of grain sorghum I check is being treated for midge, aphids and worms.
Corn is for the most part done with exception of a few hundred acres that are at early dent.

Reporting from the South Delta is Billy Price, Charleston
7/22/2015 – Cotton ranges from 3 to 7 NAWF a lot of our crop has really good yield potential and the rest could be really good for dry land cotton. Most cotton has had 2 to 3 plant bug sprays and a lot of PGR’s have gone out. We started picking up eggs on bloom tabs Monday and have set up a good many acres to treat soon!
Corn in our area is done, just watching milk line and irrigating.
Soybeans look really good, the earlier the better. Insects have been light, only a few fields were hit a week ago for stink bugs. This week it seems like every pest is hitting these older beans. We could start harvest on dry land fields in mid-August. Beans range from R/5 to R/6.5, wheat beans are all over the board!
Milo is in the boot to milk stage, Sugarcane Aphids have hit us a few weeks ago but hits have been small. This week we found Sugarcane Aphids in fields that are in boot stage and about 30% head emergence and no application has gone out. Older milo has head worms showing up but low numbers, we all know what is ahead … high numbers.

Reporting from East Mississippi is Bert Falkner, West Point
7/22/2015 – Overall my area is dry with only scattered, isolated showers up to .7” with the exception of Noxubee County that received from ¾ to 1 ¼” last week.
Cotton is NAMF 4-9 with some still not blooming. We’re seeing some aphid flair and bollworm moths have been heavy for the past week but not seeing eggs yet. Plant bug numbers are still low and seeing only a few nymphs. We hit them hard early and that seems to have helped. We’re holding off PGR’s this week, even under the pivots. The number of nodes on plants is a concern. This west wind and high temps have slowed this crop down.
Corn is at R2-R5. We treated some this week at R3 for Southern rust and we’re irrigating wherever possible.
The majority of soybeans are from R2-R4. Fungicides are going out and picking up some Frogeye leaf spot in susceptible varieties. Also seeing some red crown rot in a few places.
Peanuts are 80 days and time for the 2nd white mold application – we’ll add something to it for leaf spot. Watering wherever possible. Peanuts have basically lapped. Insects are low and we’re cleaning up a scattering of weed escapes.
Milo is from head emergence to all stages of flowering. No midge treatments yet but we’ll be treating for SCA this week.
Overall the sweet potato crop is good. We got good establishment early, got them laid by with few weed escapes and better overall weed control than in the past. Insect pressure has been very light but we need a rain.

Reporting from the North Delta is Joseph Dean, Cleveland
7/23/2015 – Cotton is 18 to 20 Nodes and 5 to 6 NAWF. There is a mixture of plant bugs, aphids, spider mites and bollworm eggs in the field. Treating according to what we find in each field.
Corn varies from 60% milk line to black layer. Most all irrigation has been terminated now.
Beans vary from 7 nodes R1 to R6. Still cleaning up some stink bugs in some late R5s. Also spraying pod worms where they are at threshold. Bean leaf beetle numbers are increasing in places but not doing enough damage to justify treatment.
Milo varies from brown heads with a few kernels on tip at black layer to the youngest a week away from heading. Spraying midge, aphids and head worms where warranted. Rice varies from 2 inch joints to 100% headed with heads turned down. Spraying a few fields for stinkbugs.

Reporting from East Mississippi is Mitch LeFlore, Eupora
7-23-2015 – Cotton – All cotton is blooming. Blessed with several days of beneficial rain. Cotton will be ready for another shot of PGR after these rains. Insect number is low, but we know August is around the corner (and we know what happens then).
Soybeans – All older beans have received fungicide shots, and are setting pods. Wheats beans and later planted beans needed this rain. Insect pressure is low overall, except for a few loopers. We have had to treat kudzu bugs in localized areas for very high numbers.
Grain Sorghum – All milo is flowering or at soft dough stage. Treated midge last week, and started spraying worms this week. Low to medium sugarcane aphid numbers, have not treated any yet.
Peanuts – Peanuts are 45-80 days old. Treated for southern blight last week and expect to see more after rain this week.
Sweet Potatoes – Treated elongated flea beetles in several acres last week. Yellow stripe army worms are giving us fits in some fields, trying to defoliate the vines. We have treated some acres and expect to treat more.
Overall crop looks good.

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Reporting from the South Delta is Virgil King, III, Lexington
7/16/2015 – Cotton – Cotton is ranging from 10-11 nodes to blooming and setting bolls. We have been fighting plant bugs, aphids and some spots of spider mites. Our cotton planted at the end of May to June 10 has grown off extremely fast and initial square set does not look real good. We have Pix’d it and it seems to be getting better. We need a good fall to finish this cotton out.
Soybeans – We are continuing to get out some fungicides. Insect pressure in our beans has been very light so far. We continue to see some bean leaf beetles, 3-corner alfalfa hoppers, and some level of stink bugs. Very little insecticide has gone out on beans at this time. We do see some bollworm moths in the field this week and are starting to pick up some loopers. Will just have to see what develops.
Corn -Our corn crop is winding down at this time with all our corn showing a milk line. We go anywhere from 5% to 50% milk line. Continue to see some southern rust and northern corn leaf blight but no treatments being made at this time.
Peanuts – We are about 65-75 days old on our peanut crop. We have just put out a white mold application. We are not seeing any leaf spot diseases as of now. We are picking up some granulated cutworms in them and some yellow stripped armyworms but nothing that needs any treatment yet.

Reporting from the North Delta is Joe Townsend, Coahoma
7/16/2-15 – The cotton is around 15 nodes, and has been flowering for 3 weeks now. Where there’s corn close by the plant bugs numbers have been huge and continuous. We are starting to find a low % of bollworm eggs and spider mites this week.
Soybeans range from V4 to R5.9. Until this week it had been a fairly light year for insects. However, the worms have really showed up in the last week. With recent rains on the crop right when it needed it the dry land beans look really good.
Our oldest corn has reached dent stage @ 1/4 milk line, the youngest is still at blister stage. There are very low rates of leaf diseases.
Milo – is typically pre-boot to just finished flowering. We have a few very late planted fields – the youngest at v4 and needing a spray for armyworm in the whorl. Midge was initially light, but most fields have now needed a midge application. We have sprayed a few fields for sugar cane aphids and are watching the others.

Reporting from the South Delta is Lauren Green, Greenwood
7/16/2015 – Corn ranges from full dent to fifty percent black layer. This should be the last irrigation on a good bit of it. Will try to outrun diseases from here on out. Finding southern rust in several areas and northern corn leaf blight. Most all sorghum is headed out and has received a midge shot. Started finding some headworms in certain areas and will continue to watch for control. Sugarcane aphids are still slowly building and have only sprayed a limited number of acres for them. Soybeans range range from beginning bloom to full R6. Spraying stink bugs in oldest beans and still trying to control pigweed in youngest beans and ones that did not lap middles. Started to find podworms in blooming beans and flushing moths. Also, spraying some acres for podworms as we are putting out fungicides. Kudzu bugs are building back along foot of hills and an increase in clover worms this week.

Reporting from North East Mississippi is Homer Wilson, Fulton
7/16/2015 – We seem to still be in the feast or famine moisture cycle. My rain gauge had .53 inches for June and over 7 inches the first 6 days of July. Now we could use a rain. Though with these extremes cotton is doing well and the hot nights are speeding it along. The crop varies from a week from bloom to starting the 3rd wk. of bloom. No heavy insect pressure. We have sprayed everything one time for p-bugs with diamond in the mix. Had to spray about 400 ac. Tues. for aphids where acephate was used for p-bugs. Crop is very promising.
Corn: is mostly early tassel to early dent and most looks pretty good.
Soybeans: range from emerging to R5. The old beans look very good and have had a fungicide applied. Trying to clean up weeds in wheat beans. Not much insect pressure, but did find 3 fields today with southern army worms. Have several kudzu bugs in spots and lots of leaf beetles. We are adding an insecticide to most of our weed sprays.

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
7/16/2015 – High temps and low moisture are beginning to take its toll in some areas. Rain in the next few days would be huge.
Cotton is from 12-19 nodes. Aphids had built to extremely high numbers with lots of acres being treated lat week. Fungus has taken care of most fields across my whole territory this week. Plant bugs are beginning to show up in older cotton. Budworm moths have been primary moth around for the past two weeks but middle of this week flushing large numbers of bollworm. We will see what next week brings in this older cotton.
Peanuts are still holding there on in dry weather. Backed off of fungicides until rain chances increase a little. No bugs or disease at the present time. Peanuts seem to be ahead of schedule a little. Later planted peanuts pegging around 35 days.
Corn received last irrigation this week, basically trying to fill last little bit of grain. Most will be at black layer next week.
Grain sorghum fields receiving SCA treatment with a few fields getting midge treatments as well.
Soybeans are looking good. They range from V-3 to right at R-6. Loopers are still consistent in some areas but nothing at treatable levels. Green stink bugs are present in some older beans but numbers are extremely low. Kudzu bugs still everywhere. Treated about 500 acres last week and control was excellent.

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Reporting from the South Delta is Billy Bryant, Greenwood
7/12/2015 – Cotton – Most blooming cotton has had at least 2 plant bug sprays and some 3. Have been treating adjacent to corn on 4-5 day intervals for 3 weeks to keep fruit load intact. Have a wall of Diamond there to greet nymphs as they emerge. All cotton getting Diamond-acephate tank mix now. Mites showing up light on edges -. could start treatments soon. Bollworms have not been a problem as of July 10. Aphids there but have not threatened in any field. Most PGRs have gone out on deep sand. Starting to apply on other soil types as irrigation commences.
Soybeans – Have cleaned stink bugs out of all April beans as nymphs ran up counts. Frog Eye susceptible varieties have been treated with combination fungicides at first sign of disease. Kudzu bugs reaching threshold levels next to hill line – will kill them this week. As of July 10 have not observed treatable levels of bollworm in any field.
Milo – Boot stage with some heading. Will kill midge sometime this week.
Peanuts – Weeds cleaned up and plants about to lap. Insect pest have been very light. Applied soil fungicide at 45 DAP and will apply soil/foliar tank mix next. Light leaf spot in every field.

Reporting from the North Delta is Jim Arrington, Senatobia
7/12/2015 – Cotton: Plant bugs have been steady to heavy since squaring began in the delta cotton. Hill cotton has been light as usual. Even with heavy pressure most cotton has good square retention. Excellent in the hills. PGR applications have been going out with especially heavy rates in the hills.
Soybeans: Beans range from just planted to R4. R3 fungicides went out on fewer acres than in years past. No insecticides were added. Insects have been very light
Corn: Most corn at dent with the exception of a few fields. Some disease present but I think we’ll out run it.
Milo: Beginning to head out and expect midge apps to follow. No WSCA yet.

Reporting from East Mississippi is Phillip McKibben, Maben
7/13/2015 – The heat is on! We’re good on moisture for the moment, but we’ll see how long it persists.
Cotton is well into bloom, plantbugs are scarce, retention is good, and Mep concentrations in the plant seem sufficient.
Early beans are right at the stage where we are having to make fungicide decisions. We are either: applying a fungicide mixture right now, or waiting. On beans where we are waiting, we will either: apply a mixture later, apply only a triazole later, or opt to not treat… depending on maturity group, yield potential, and disease potential.
Sugarcane Aphids showed up in the sorghum over the past week. Worst fields have small colonies on most leaves, with isolated colonized plants scattered around. We will treat most fields sometime this week.
Sweetpotatoes are finally over the hump, where we are through worrying about survival and establishment, and now begin worrying about what is or is not going on under the ground. Most fields are clean, but some hand pulling of pigweeds is taking place. White rust is showing up where we’ve had the most rain, and a few virus-laden plants are showing their heads in our oldest G3 stock. A mixture of Yellow-Stripes, Beets, and Loopers can be found in a few fields, but for now, we are waiting and watching. Parasitism is evident in many of these small caterpillars.

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
7/13/2015 – Cotton is from 10th to 18th node with NAWF in older cotton running around 6. Aphids are beginning to disappear where they have built to high numbers in the past week, especially in older cotton. Younger stuff is getting covered up right now with some treatments going out in the last couple of days. Plant bugs are still light for the most part with expectations of higher numbers this week. Tobacco budworm moths were being flushed last week but this week flushing bollworms mainly with a few budworm moths in the mix. Older cotton needs a rain within a week or it will go backwards in a hurry. Crop looks excellent at the moment.
Peanuts are from 35 to 80 days old. Weed control is complete with exception of 2,4-DB as needed from here on out. Most fields are lapped and weeds should be handled. Some isolated grass will be spot sprayed around. Insects are still light. Disease is still light. I expect to see some disease if we stay dry too long and then receive rain, especially after the temps we are receiving this week.
Soybeans are from V3 – R5.8. Picking up some loopers in some beans 20 miles south of Hattiesburg. No big numbers yet but are consistent across several fields. Kudzu bugs are continuously building everywhere. Some fields received treatments at the end of last week. Those treatments were targeting kudzu bugs with a sprinkling of green stink bugs. Some fields are showing a lot of fungus that’s taking kudzu bugs out. A few of these fields as much as 50% of the population, adults and nymphs, are being affected. Will continue to monitor these fields to see if populations are reduced enough to reduce sprays.
Grain sorghum, what little I have, received a spray for SCA today. Numbers exploded at the end of last week and grain sorghum was in late boot.
Corn is about done for the most part. I have some late corn at blister that I am still checking for diseases.

Reporting from the North Delta is Bob Stonestreet, Clarksdale
7/13/2015 – Cotton: cotton starting bloom to 3rd week of bloom; plantbugs letting up from the previous 3 weeks of extremely high numbers; aphids building; spider mites showing up; Pix going out for the last couple plantbugs treatments; we have gone from rain last week to starting watering this week; we’re halfway done with this cotton crop!
Soybeans: crop from R1-R5; pigweed breaking through where not completely canopied; bugs still light; picking up a few pod worms here and there; not much; seeing a few moths scattered about; treated only one field for BLB.
Milo: Sugarcane aphids and midge scouting keeping us busy; midge picking up in areas; if SCA are present, we’re combining Pyrethroid and Transform; looks good so far.
Corn: crop is R3-Dent; very little disease showing up; 3 more weeks and this corn crop will be history.

Reporting from Central Mississippi is Jeff North, Madison
7/14/2015 – Corn is full dent to beginning black layer. No fungicides applied. Another rain would be nice.
Soybeans vary from R1 to R5. Insects in soybeans are as light as I have ever seen. Monitoring blooming beans diligently for bollworms. Lot of moths in the field but no larvae at this time. Growers reluctant to fungicide soybeans at this time. All dryland production. More prone to apply fungicides to late beans and those fields that were in soybeans last year. Very little disease incidence at this time. Crop potential still very good but will be totally dependent on timely rainfall throughout the rest of the growing season.

Photo from Tucker Miller, Drew, showing Southern rust on corn
Southern rust on corn - 7-15

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Reporting from the South Delta is Allen McKnight, Greenville
7-9-2015 – Soybeans are looking pretty good considering. Range from wheat beans with 2-3 trifoliate to R6. Starting to clean up last of wheat beans for weeds and grasses. Also treating several escapes of grasses and pigweeds in older beans. Picking up few green and brown stinkbugs in older soybeans. No Lepidoptera larvae showing up yet.

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
7-9-2015 – Aphids are blowing up everywhere I work. Around Hattiesburg area several fields have been treated this week. Plant bugs are still fairly light with exception of a few isolated areas. Tobacco budworm moths are flushing in every cotton field I walk in. Cotton is from 9th to 18th. Cotton looks exceptionally well at this time but 7 days without a rain it will go the other way. PGR’s are going out as quick as growers can get to fields.
Peanuts are from 35 to 75 dap. No disease or insects to speak of at this time. Peanuts look really good.
Soybeans are finally planted. Oldest beans approaching 5.7. Rains hit older beans just right and they look really good but most acres have a long way to go. No disease present and kudzu bugs and a few stink bugs are primary insects. Sprayed a few fields yesterday for extremely heavy population of kudzu bugs.
Corn is from blister to 7 days to black layer.

Reporting from East Mississippi is Ty Edwards, Water Valley
7/9/2-15 – Our cotton crop as a whole looks great. I would consider 97% of it to be in excellent shape…as long as it doesn’t quit raining. The other 3% doesn’t look bad but it was replanted and is darn late. Root systems are a little suspect, and a drought right now would turn this crop upside down. Plant bugs have been light almost everywhere. Most sprays have been “convenience” type sprays. We began getting a drop in square retention, mainly down the stalk in the older squares about a week ago. Seeing squares on the ground that are yellow but not flared. Square loss doesn’t correlate to plant bug populations. I know some of them are the 4-bract variety from picking them up, but some of them appear to be physiological shed from the cloudy weather and rain. I’ve had almost 10″ of rain at my house since last Friday. We have put the sweep nets in the tool box for the cotton for the year. Not effective any more. Got the drop cloths out, and we’ve been finding low numbers of 1st instar plant bug nymphs yesterday and today, so we started including Diamond with our pix if we didn’t already have some out there. I would assume they’re from the low populations of adults we’ve just been riding at 3-4% for a while have finally made babies. Most cotton is blooming, with some in the second week of bloom. We’ve got 2 pretty good shots of growth regulator out on almost every acre now, which I don’t believe we’ve ever done at this stage of the game. We’re spraying our conventional cotton this week, as we were running 8-10% egg today, with a few little worms mixed in.
Soybeans- There is virtually nothing going on in soybeans, save for a few fields in Grenada and Montgomery counties. They’re getting pretty heavy pressure from kudzu bugs, and we’re basically just hoping they’ll let us wait another week for fungicide, and we’ll pull the trigger on them. Got one field next to a kudzu patch that is LOADED. Angus Catchot is going to put out a trial in it next week. Check out his Twitter for a quick video clip. Oldest beans are R3 with 16 nodes, and youngest are V4. The only pigweed problems we have are still a few farmers who refuse to admit they have resistance issues. Apparently, pigweeds are like an addiction, the first step to beating them is to admit you have a problem.
Milo- We can find WSA in every field, but at super low levels so far. About half the Milo is pushing a head in some form, and the rest isn’t far behind that. We’ve got plenty of moisture to get it out for now. Most acres are receiving a top shot of N, as all the rain we’ve had has caused us a little deficiency. Very few midge to speak of, but we’ve still got a lot of milo left to head out.
Sweet potatoes- All our potatoes are off to the races. We’ve had to spray every acre for flea beetle infestations, some of them were severe. We also included a “layby” shot of Dual at about 10 ounces per acre. Everything has been plowed, and the oldest ones are already swelling up a little.

Reporting from the South Delta is Josh Westling, Flora
7/10/2015 – Cotton is in the 1st and 2nd week of bloom. Aphids are present but spotty. Plant bug numbers are increasing but no treatments yet. We’ve got good moisture and will evaluate PGR needs next week.
Corn is at dent – very little disease or insects pressure. Milo has bloomed and sugar cane aphids are present in every field. Some fields have been treated.
Wheat beans are at V2-V10 and some acres have been treated for armyworms. Early planted beans are from R2-R5 and fungicides have been applied on the majority.
Finding a few stinkbugs.
When the river crests at 45 ft., my clients will lose around 3,000 acres of corn and soybeans.

Reporting from the North Delta is Andy Graves, Clarksdale
7/10/2015 – Cotton – Plant bugs have been horrendous in my area for the last three weeks. The huge migration seems to be starting to slow down this week in spots but still pretty hot in some places. I feel about 15% of my cotton got beat up pretty bad due to delays but for the most part I think we weathered the storm. Starting to see aphids building and made a couple of spider mite treatments this week. Most of my acreage is in the 2nd week of bloom or older.
Soybeans – made a lot of fungicide applications this week. Been pretty quiet except for weed control
Grain Sorghum – Seeing a lot of midge – much more than last year and making applications. Started picking up white sugar cane aphid last week and will probably be treating fields starting Monday.
Peanuts – my 400 acres are at 67 days, lapped the middles, and beautiful. No insect problems and very clean except for grass that we are treating now. Started founding white mold already this week and making applications.
Corn – most of it is dented and we are just monitoring water and disease at this point. I have a lot of diplodia ear rot this year for some reason but most of the corn looks pretty good.

Photos from Kim Townsend, Coahoma, of sugarcane aphid in milo. (click image to enlarge)
sugarcane aphid on milo

sugarcane aphids

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Reporting from East Mississippi is Mitch Leflore, Eupora
7/2/2015 – Cotton- how 2 weeks of hot weather can change a crop!! Nodes anywhere from 8 to blooming. Spotty plant bugs – low as usual for our area in June. Began applying PGR’s within the last 2 week. Starting to pick up a few aphids the last few days. What a turnaround in 2 weeks.
Soybeans- wheat beans V2 all the way up to early beans at R4. Most my wheat beans have had to be sprayed for army worms. Insect pressure is still low in older beans. Kudzu bugs spotty but where they appear are heavy in Montgomery, Grenada, and Chickasaw counties.
Milo- looks good few whorl feeders nothing major. Not heading yet. No sugar cane aphids have appeared as of today but hearing reports west of here.
Peanuts- all post emergence herbicide have been applied and are clean. Ages range from 25 to 50 days from emergence. Have several test plots with Dr. Alan Henn. I enjoying working with him – very smart man.
Sweet potatoes- 95 percent of crop is set out and looking good and has been plowed. Insect pressure has been low on early set potatoes but as of the last 2 weeks on later set potatoes we had to deal with granulated cut worms (which is our tobacco bud worm of sweet potatoes). Pyrethroids will not control them and we had to switch to different chemistries. Overall the crop looks good.

Reporting from the North Delta is Ed Whatley, Clarksdale
7/5/2015 – Cotton – plant bugs steady to heavy in spots. I’m trying to keep a plant bug material on cotton on a 4-5 day interval, having trouble due to rain showers, but that’s a good problem. Spider mites starting to show, will starting to piggyback miticides with plant bug applications. Applying PR’s where needed.
Soybeans – disease and insect pressure light. I have had to clean up some isolated spots of BLB when making fungicide applications.
Corn – 80% of corn at dent. Disease pressure starting to pick up but most corn will outrun it. Disease not at treatment levels in young corn.
Milo – Sugarcane aphids present in pretty much all fields to some levels. I made 1st application last week and by the looks of things, there will be more this week.
We received a good rain over the weekend on all the crops I check.

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
7/6/2015 – Rain since last Thursday has ranged from 2.1 -3.8″. Small hail and high winds have some cotton a little twisted and ragged but no major harm. Rain was welcomed in spots.
Cotton is from 7th – 17th node. Aphids still building in areas, rain should delay treatments a few days. Plant bugs are still relatively light in most fields with a few hot spots. PGR’s are being applied across the board with high rates to try to slow excessive growth. This seems to be our biggest problem this year so far because timely apps have been impossible with fields staying so wet.
Corn is from just tasseling to 7 days to black layer. Southern rust is showing up in southern most counties but hopefully corn is far enough along that we will be okay. Corn crop is really good.
Peanuts are from 14 to 65 DAP. Herbicides are going out on youngest peanut fields. Oldest fields are receiving apogee. Disease is nonexistent for now. Flushing tobacco budworm moths today in lots of fields. No other insects to speak of.
Soybeans are STILL in the sack to R5.8. Still have some acres to plant. Fields are awful wet now and will be for a week. No treatments other than some herbicides on late beans going out as of now. I foresee treating some kudzu bugs by the end of this week.
Sugarcane aphids picking up in the few acres of grain sorghum planted. None at treatable levels as of this past weekend.

Reporting from the South Delta is Jason Grafton, Madison
7/6/2015 – Cotton- Fruit set on most of the crop is really good. We have some young cotton, 7 & 8th node but most is in 1st or 2nd week of bloom. Plantbug nymphs have been picking up since the middle of last week. Today we found our highest counts so far. Of course, they are close to corn and being first instars we wouldn’t be finding them without black drop cloths. We have 3 sprayings on most cotton and after tomorrow it will be 4 on some fields. I have put out more PGR early this year than I can remember but we continue getting RAIN. I think our recent rainfall is around 1.5 inches but I’m sure more in some places. I just know we are wet. Aphids are present in a lot of fields but just present. Kicked up a few bollworm moths today but haven’t seen any eggs. Soybeans- Wheat beans are V5 to R1. Oldest beans are R5.5. Been picking up some bean leaf beetles, it has been quiet in beans as far as insects go. Fungicides have been put out around R3 to R3.5. Otherwise a lot of our bean crop is about 3 to 4 weeks earlier than last year’s crop.

Kim Townsend, Coahoma, sent these crop pictures. (Click on image to enlarge)

R3 soybeans
R3 soybeans - 7-15

Recent rain
rain  - 7-6-15

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Consultant Commentary – Up-to-Date Information from Mississippi’s Crop Professionals

Reporting from the South Delta is Dee Boykin, Yazoo City
6/28/2015 – We’re in pretty good shape overall. With the exception of causing problems with timely planting, it’s been a very good growing season so far. We’ve received ample rainfall to supply the needed moisture and not too many areas have received enough to cause serious “waterlogging”.
Our wheat crop has been harvested and was good but not exceptional due to some drainage issues. The soybeans have been planted in the double cropping systems and emerged as well as we could ask for. The rains have gotten them kicked off and they’re looking good with a long way to go. The majority of our early planted soybeans are from R4-R6 and look very good. We’ve made the R3-R4 fungicide applications on them and have had very good weed control with no surprises so far. Insect pressure has been very light but we’re beginning to see an increase in bean leaf beetles. Stink bugs have been around for a while and we’re beginning to see more egg masses and nymphs. No Leps to speak of.
The corn crop looks very good and has plenty moisture under it now. Most is in the dough stage with some at early dent. It appears that we have a very good crop that could rival the last two years with another timely rain or irrigation where it’s an option. Diseases have been present for several weeks but haven’t progressed much, with a few exceptions. Northern Corn Leaf Blight is normally our most prevalent corn disease, but it has been a rarity this growing season. We’ve made fungicide applications on less than 1% of the acres we’re scouting. I think our potential yield robber is nitrogen deficiency on farms that applied it with a single application. It appears that they’ll harvest very good crops but I feel it could have been an excellent crop with more nitrogen available during the reproductive stages. With normal weather conditions, harvest should begin around the third week of August unless growers plan to speed things up by drying the corn after harvest.
Our cotton crop looks good but we’ve got more fields planted in June than I can recall. Our earliest planted should be at first bloom this week and the last planted will be at pinhead square at the same time. We’re planning to take steps to speed this late planted cotton up. We treated a small portion of the fields for thrips earlier and plant bug pressure has been very light so far relative to the past few growing seasons. We actually have several acres that will be blooming before July 4th that haven’t received an insecticide application yet, which is normally unheard of in this area. We’ve been able to maintain plant bug control with Imidacloprid so far. We haven’t applied any Diamond to date and very little plant growth regulators. We have much more cotton following cotton this year than normal, so we’re a little more reluctant to apply the PGR’s early. We had some pretty scary pigweed escapes earlier in the season but have cleaned most of them up. We’ll begin our layby herbicide applications this week and will be using MSMA and Diuron on most.
Our customers have done very little irrigating at this point. On the farms we’ve implemented Pipe Planner and moisture sensors, we haven’t had a single field reach the trigger point. We have had one grower become impatient and irrigate a couple of fields only to get a rain within a day or two. Dr Krutz and his coworkers have really made a statement in the irrigation world. More growers are listening all the time and I feel more will be getting on board. Great job and thanks!
As I said in the beginning, it has been a good growing season with few surprises up until now, but we all know that everything begins to change when July rolls around. July is almost here.

Reporting from the North Delta is David Dubard, Cleveland
6/28/2015 – Cotton is off to a good start. All cotton is blooming with the first bloom being found June 12th. Insect pressure light after 1-2 plant bug applications.
Corn looks good on well drained soils. Insect and disease pressure light with early corn starting to dent.
Soybeans range anywhere from R3 – R6 with insect and disease pressure being very light.
Insect pressure low in milo. No sign of sugarcane aphid yet.

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
6/30/2015 – Rains since last Thursday have ranged from 1.5″-3.25″. Rains were welcome in all areas except where beans were finally getting planted.
Cotton ranges from 6th to 16th node. Older cotton in 2nd week of bloom. Cotton looks really good, fruit retention is great with low plant bug numbers as of today. Aphids built to extremely high levels in some of the older cotton and treatments are being made where PGR’s are going out. Flushing a few TBW moths today.
Soybeans are from still in the sack to R5. Only 300 acres left to plant but rains keep hitting same areas and fields are full wet. Kudzu bugs are pretty much in every field at really high numbers. Egg masses are being found at high numbers as well as nymphs of all stages. Treatments have not been made but will probably have to pull the trigger on some fields tomorrow. A couple of my growers are waiting to see where river gets to see how many acres of soybeans will be lost.
Corn is at tassel to full dent, looks like corn crop will be very good.
Peanuts are from 30 days to 60 days old. Herbicide and a few fungicide treatments going out this week. No disease to be found and no bugs of much concern.

Reporting from East Mississippi is Bert Falkner, West Point
6/30/2015 – We have 3 ages of cotton; 5/7 nodes, 10/12 nodes and 12/14 nodes. We’re seeing a scattering of blooms this week on the oldest. We’ve stayed on the plant bugs with 60-70% receiving at least 1 application and some has been treated twice. Seeing a few TBW moths this week and a scattering of aphids. Weed control has been a challenge this year but we’re laying by now and starting some PGRs.
Our corn is from early tassel to R2 and its being watered where possible and running N through the pivots, where possible. We’ve found out that moisture sensors are very good management tools.
Soybeans are from 3-trifoliate to R2/R3 (majority at R2). So far, neither insects nor diseases have been a concern.
Peanuts are at day 50 and about 6-12” from lapping. They’ve been laid by, the 1st soil fungicide applied and enough rain to wash it in. Some herbicide spot sprays have helped clean up escapes and we’re in good shape weed-wise.
Sweet potatoes are looking very good, good stands, good sets and really growing. The last should be set today/tomorrow. Insect pressure light.
A good general rain right now will make positive changes fast.

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Consultant Commentary – Up-to-Date Information from Mississippi’s Crop Professionals

Reporting from the North Delta is James Bowen, Boyle
6/25/2015 – Rice- the first of April planted rice is starting to flag. Fungicides will be going out soon at 5% heading. The disease pressure has been light so far but that could change quickly. No fall army worms this year so far.
Most of the rice ranges from around mid-season to starting to flag.
Soybeans- soybeans range from r1-r5. Most of the early dry land beans are at the r5 stage. A lot of fungicides went out last week and this week at the r3-r4 stage. Insect pressure is very light at this time. Irrigation is in full swing.

Reporting from Northeast Mississippi is Homer Wilson, Fulton
6/25/2015 – Crops are all ages; weather has been feast or famine. We need rain badly east of Hwy. 45 from Tn. line to Monroe Co. Cotton is from 3 leaves to a week from bloom. We have cleaned weeds and have not sprayed a lot for thrips. Our first plant bug spray will start tomorrow with some pix in small acreage. The hot dry weather helped our cotton but it now needs rain.
Corn: from 6 leaves to full silk and starting to twist. If rain doesn’t come this Fri. or Sat. as forecast, we will hurting.
Soybeans: are from in the bag to blooming. Spraying weeds on lots of beans that were planted the second week of June and adding acephate for 3 CAH and kudzu bugs. Waiting on water to plant wheat beans.
Wheat: about harvested. Yields have run from 30 to 88 bu. but overall our yields are good. Had some test wt. above 60.

Reporting from the South Delta is Haley Easley, Greenwood
6/25/2015 – All April planted beans seem to be short and lacking nodes. Not sure if the wide rows are gonna lap. Seems to be worse where certain herbicides were applied behind planter. Frogeye showing up in some varieties and fungicide is being applied to R4 beans.
Corn is all over the board far as maturity but looks fair to good depending on soil type and drainage. Some NLS showing up as well as GLS in lower canopy but not close to being a problem. Insect pressure is light in all crops but can sweep a few kudzu bugs everywhere. Angus was right but about that bug as far as we’d be seeing them soon. But we all know he’s always right!

Reporting from the North Delta is Tucker Miller, Drew
6/26/2015 – Cotton — found our first bloom today 6/25 (photo below). Plant bugs are really increasing. All cotton has been hit once and we are starting to line up the second shot where thresholds are met. Cotton ranges from 14 notes to 6 nodes. Weed control has been the biggest problem. Finally got some needed rain to activate some residuals. Still have some dry spots at Marks and Clarksdale. Have seen a scattering of spider mites, and hope rain will ease the situation. Starting to lay by cotton now, using Roundup and Valor.
Soybeans — insect pressure is very low at this time. Have seed several spots of kudzu bugs, but not at threshold. Have made fungicide apps on the susceptible varieties. Varieties with good frogeye rating, we will watch and go with a cheaper material if we can. Irrigation in full swing. Fewer nodes than normal in our early planted beans.
Corn — most corn at brown silk. No insect problems. Had one trap catch 50 moths yesterday. Will watch it again Monday and may have to spray. Starting on third irrigation when it rained.
Peanuts— have put out our layby shot of Cadre and 2-4DB. Putting out our fungicide now and will water it in where don’t get rain. Insect pressure has been low.

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
6/26/2015 – Isolated rains this week have helped in a few areas. On the west side of the state, on the river, is going to lose some acres to the river coming out. If river rises to where they say, several hundred acres of beans will be lost.
Cotton is from 8 to 15 nodes. Found 1st bloom last Monday. Aphids are beginning to build in lots of acres. No treatments as of today. All other pests are mostly light. Have been picking up a few eggs this week.
Peanuts are from just cracking to 60 dap. Crop looks really good. Gypsum is being applied and herbicide and fungicides are going out. Picking up some YSAW in some of the younger peanuts but haven’t treated any.
Corn is from pre tassel to dent. Corn looks really good. Irrigation ran this week on older corn. Hopefully rains will hit these fields this week end.
Soybeans are from still in the sack to R5. Should finish planting by the weekend. No insects to speak of other than kudzu bugs and they are getting extremely heavy in some fields and will probably require treatment 1st of next week.
We are picking up some sugarcane aphids in Hinds County but haven’t reached a treatable level.

Reporting from the South Delta is Josh Westling, Flora
6/26/2015 – Corn is mostly at R2-R3 with no insects and very little disease pressure. We started watering but received 1-3” of rain on Wednesday (6/24).
Milo is from V9-boot. No sugar cane aphid yet.
Cotton is from 9–14 nodes. We finished our pinhead square application and are focused on cleaning up weeds (pigweed by chopping).
Soybeans behind wheat are emerging and oldest at R4. We’re finding bollworms in the wheat beans but no treatments as of yet and green stinkbug in older beans but no treatments there either. Fungicides are going out on beans at R3-R4.

Photo from Tucker Miller, Drew of first cotton bloom. Click on image to enlarge
first bloom - TM - 6-26-15

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Consultant Commentary – Up-to-Date Information from Mississippi’s Crop Professionals

Reporting from the North Delta is Tim Sanders, Sarah
6/22/2015 – Rice ranges from just about to go to flood to early boot. Much has recently been flooded and a little cleaning up is going on for grass and coffeebean. Much of this is trim work where we struggled with neighboring crops.
Cotton is mostly squaring and plant bugs are quickly building and treatments have been going out.
Soybeans are just emerging to R4. Stink bugs have been treated in a few fields. There haven’t been too many insect issues.
Corn is tasseling to milk stage. Irrigation was started last week and continues as we missed the weekend rain in most cases.
Pigweed can be found in most crops where we were just unable to make timely applications due to weather. There are also stand issues in several crops from earlier rains, even where replanting occurred. Crops are picking up steam though.

Reporting from the Nouth Delta is Will Price, Oakland
6/23/2015 – Milo is anywhere from about V9 to having some that will be in the “boot” by weeks end. Most of the milo looks really good, although some areas are beginning to show drought stress. No white sugarcane aphids yet.
Cotton- Cotton ranges from 2-leaf to 14 nodes. We just made, or are just now making our first plant bug treatments in older cotton. Fruit retention is good, but plant bug numbers really jumped in the last week. Fighting pigweeds in ever increasing locations. Where most say they don’t have resistant pigweeds….THEY DO!
Soybeans – still finishing planting wheat-beans to beans right at R4 with 13-14 vegetative nodes. Insects have been extremely quiet; we have just been trying to clean up grass and pigweeds. Getting to fields before pigweeds get too big has been the key factor in control.
Corn – most of the corn in our area is from R1- R2. There has been a drastic improvement in the corn’s appearance over the last 2 weeks or so, but I still think a big portion of acres will be hurt from excessive moisture this spring.

Reporting from East Mississippi is Phillip McKibben, Maben
Summer has finally arrived in the hills, and the crops are finally growing. Now we could use a good general rain; not that we’re deficient, it’s just the combination of the recent heat and generally shallow root systems.
Our cotton is about node 10-11, squaring on schedule, and running an average of 1 plantbug / 25 sweeps. No other pests to be found.
We’ve had issues with Alfalfa hoppers in some of our beans, particularly in the area of our territory where we battle them every year. It seems like they always move in just after the first shot of roundup, about the time that the seed treatments have expired… yet right before the beans are tall enough to handle the feeding. If you leave a trail of 8-10 stalks flat on the ground behind a sweepnet sample, you’ve got problems, regardless of numbers. Taller V6-V7 beans seem almost immune to the feeding.
Disease pressure in the corn is almost nonexistent. We have seen some Northern Corn Leaf Blight, but nothing exciting. Corn is either R2 (early planting) or just beginning to tassel (later planted). Nitrogen availability seems to be sufficient.
Almost daily showers the first two weeks of transplanting led to near perfect stands in most of our sweetpotatoes. Small subtleties in production practices make a huge difference on a wet year, and are the main difference between growers who still have half of their crop to plant, and those who are wrapping up now. We got a late start on groundwork, but the crop is mostly in the ground and off to a great start.
Flea beetles have been harsh in a few fields, and some were no doubt transported to the field in the transplants, but we can clean them up easily enough.
Granulate cutworms are an issue every year, especially when temperatures surpass 90 degrees. So now we are finding pockets of this pest where they absent last week.
Lesser cornstalk borers usually show up in sandy fields when moisture is gone and heat levels rise, so that’s a pest we will be looking for over the next week or so.

Reporting from the South Delta is Nick King, Yazoo City
6/24/2015 – Cotton- we are pin heading cotton with plant bugs numbers higher next to corn and ditch banks. Cotton has jumped in the hot weather we have had the past 10 days.
Soybeans- insects in the soybeans have been fairly quiet, but the weed work in all our crops have been a task this year.
Corn- most of our corn R3 milk, we have a little northern corn leaf blight but nothing wide spread.
Peanuts are blooming and we are about to lap the middles.

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Reporting from the North Delta is Bill Pellum, Clarksdale
6/17/2015 – Milo has begun to head in the company of some midge since Johnsongrass is a part of or surrounding a lot of milo fields. No sugarcane aphid yet.
In cotton we have treated for adults and immature thrips, and some plant bugs. Reports today are of some heavy migration numbers of plant bugs in older cotton.
We also have some pretty tall pigweeds in cotton and a few in the other crops.
Lots of pigweeds!
Treating more and more Johnsongrass with Select due to resistance to glyphosate.

Reporting from the South Delta is Tim Richards, Yazoo City
6/18/2015 – Cotton ranges in size from 1st true leaf to 14 nodes. Initiating plant bug treatments in older cotton, using Transform and imidacloprid. A good bit of cotton has herbicide damage in conjunction with too much rain.
All’s quite in soybeans and corn.

Reporting from East Mississippi is Ty Edwards, Water Valley
6/18/2015 – Cotton- All our cotton ranges from 6 to 12 nodes, with the exception of a little replant. All cotton has turned the corner from the wet conditions and herbicide injury. Our biggest problem is deer so far. They’re worse this year than the last 5 combined. We’re finding 1/3 to 1/2 threshold of plant bugs in most locations, but there’s only been a minimal amount of acres we’ve had to pull the trigger on so far. We are buying our time right now hoping to be able to catch a rain and time our insecticide with a PGR application. The only pigweed problems we have are the few growers who weren’t expecting to have any resistance, and it popped up on them this year. They’re wishing they had some sort of LL trait to help out with control.
Soybeans- The last of our beans just got planted due to waiting on a shower and some replant spots from sudden downpours. Most of our bean crop has been in the ground for a while now. Majority of the crop ranges from V4 to R2 with 11-12 nodes. Seeing an occasional Frogeye spot or two scattered around, but nothing major yet. We’ve got areas between Grenada and Winona that are LOADED with kudzu bugs, and we are about to start ringing fields. A few fields hit threshold of nymphs as well. I have swept 200 or more kudzu patches in about 4 of the counties that I have beans in, and found kudzu bugs in EVERY ONE of them. Last year during late summer, that number was 2. They’re going to be a problem soon it seems.
Corn- The 45 acres I’m checking this year just got a topshot of Ammonium Sulfate, and is right in the middle of pollination. For a dryland field, it looks exceptional.
Grain Sorghum- We have quite a bit of milo that is entering boot stage. It looks tremendous so far. No weed problems to speak of. Had to clean up some with the hoods. Weed control has been somewhat of a challenge on a few growers due to their desire to plant cover crops after the milo crop comes off. We haven’t seen any sugarcane aphids yet.
Sweetpotatoes- All slips are in now. Oldest are beginning to run a little. Just got side dress out, and will begin first plow trip soon. Stand is as good as I’ve ever seen due to the frequent rains.

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
6/19/2015 – Scattered showers every day are complicating herbicide and PGR treatments. Bugs are still mainly light with isolated areas of plant bugs.
All peanuts are up to a stand finally and fields look good. Oldest peanuts are pegging.
Irrigation systems will begin running on older corn fields today. Corn looks really good. Northern corn leaf blight is bad in a few fields and not hard to find in all fields.
Soybeans are 80% planted and remaining acres need a few more days to dry up. Insects are still fairly light everywhere. Flushing a few tobacco budworm moths in cotton and beans.

Report from the North Delta is Justin George, Merigold
6/19/2015 – Rice: emerging to some rice forming small heads. Mostly feeding fertilize from start to finish. Early planted Rex, 111, and Cheniere look good.
Soybeans: Early dryland are through blooming and have Beans in fully formed pods. Early irrigated (as in 4/1 planting date) 4.6s are really finished blooming and filling pods. Seems like these will be finished at the end of July. Seem to be lacking some size/nodes in that early window.
I sense a spending freeze coming as some guys are “pulling punches” by not “fungiciding” or are saying they won’t use fungicide “unless they really just have to”. With so many late planted beans (5/15-6/18), we are likely in for really needing Poison so I don’t mind being a little conservative on the front end. Still have to try to make 60-80 bushels on a lot of acres to have this crop work out!
Corn: close to roasting ears, and really will be next week. No fungicide applied; no disease. Finishing up second irrigation. I hope corn goes back to $5-5.50 next year… We need to plant more.
Milo: mine got severely stuck by aerial applied roundup 4 weeks ago. Looked like 80% death, but has really made a comeback. No doubt we lost significant yield, but at least now it may make shade. Forming heads. Can’t believe all the late planted and late replanted Milo. Seems like there was really bad drift and stand problems all over.
Wheat: RU wheat cut from 53-70.

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