Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
5/26/2016 – Cotton is 100% planted with most up and oldest at 5th node. Thrips remain heavy but cotton is finally growing. Treatments going out on some fields. Cutworms are an issue in a few fields even where pyrethroids were applied behind planter. A small amount of acres will be replanted where heavy rains fell the night that cotton was planted the end of last week. Herbicides are going out now some piggybacked with thrips sprays.
Peanuts will be 100% planted by Saturday. Oldest peanuts are 34 days old today and most fields are in really good shape. Some herbicide apps will begin first of next week. Older peanuts are holding lots of thrips and are showing signs of heavy pressure. Hope peanuts will grow on through them and I think they will. We will begin some irrigation where we can next week if no rain comes by then.
Corn is looking really good, 50% will be tasseling next week. Oldest corn is dryland and if it doesn’t get a rain soon yields will be extremely limited. Pivots running on 100% of corn acres right now. Corn as of now is disease free.
Soybeans. I have very few acres of beans up and panting is really just getting started.
Reporting from East Mississippi is Phillip McKibben, Maben
5/27/2016 – Every year is different. Unless rain comes today, we are dry in my area; a condition unimaginable three weeks ago.
Corn is mostly V10, forming the tassel, and tiny 1/4″ long ears can be discovered underneath the layers, given the inclination to uncover them. Poly is unrolled where we have water, pivots are running where we have them, but there has been no real stress as of yet; excepting a couple hundred acres that still haven’t come out from under the stress from April water-logged conditions.
The bulk of our soybeans were planted in about a two week window, which is great for us consultants, but when a certain planter had minor issues that weren’t detected until emergence, the unfortunate effects are displayed across more than a thousand acres. Bummer.
No major issues thus far in beans, other than pigweed break throughs in a few areas. Kudzu bugs are showing up earlier than last year, and in greater numbers.
Cotton is mostly emerged, except on one farm where they shallowed up the planter in front of a promising forecast. Occasionally that pays off for some folks. Thrips pressure has been steady, but treatments are still holding for now, but barely.
Sweetpotato planting has really just begun. We’re about 15% planted overall and that’s not a bad place to be, but we need rain on 100% of our sweetpotato fields right now, planted or not. We’re continuing to watch the viral load in plants coming out of our plant beds. It seems that we have been loading more quickly than in the past, and some G2 plant stock has slipped to G3 levels.
Reporting from the North Delta is Tucker Miller, Drew
5/30/2016 0 Cotton: All the cotton is planted now. Some is still not up as we were extremely dry up until Friday. Most of my area received a good rain on Friday. Thrips have been very heavy, but with the rain and intervention with sprays we should be able to move on .will still need to watch the cotton just emerging. Our cotton ranges from 5th true leaf to not up yet. Most is at third true leaf and has been sprayed once for thrips. We have pigweed emerging due to lack of pre’s being activated. Will start weed control measures ASAP. Will be using combinations of Liberty, Dual, and roundup.
Corn: our earliest corn is just starting to push a tassel. Most of our corn has been fertilized and laid by. Irrigation began last week. Insect pressure has been low. We did have some bollworm moth traps with heavy catches the last two weeks in May.
Soybeans. Beans range from 9 nodes to not planted. Lots of fields planted and skippy stands due to lack of moisture. We hope rain we got Friday will fill in the gaps and enable us to finish planting. Insects have been low. We did see kudzu bugs in high numbers on volunteer beans that were left in fields .most beans are clean, and we will be making lay by apps this next week.
Peanuts : just got a stand middle of last week .
Reporting from the South Delta is Billy Bryant, Greenwood
5/30/2016 – First round of thrips insecticide was Bidrin, under heavy pressure. Some farms will follow up with Acephate but today it looks like more than half of acreage will get by with the one application. Good growing conditions pushing cotton rapidly into 4-5 leaf stage. Cotoran, Prowl, and Reflex applied either in front of or behind planter have performed very well against pig weeds on earliest planted cotton that received a shower to activate. Have some acreage south of Greenwood that has 5 true leaves and has never received a rain. Going Liberty plus Dual there. Non GMO cotton has been treated with Staple, Select, and Dual. Likely will see first plant bug treatments going out in 7 days. First spider mite treatments going out now on a small amount of acreage on 5 leaf cotton where mites were discovered on areas with a strong mite history.
Reporting from the North Delta is James Bowen, Cleveland
5/30/2016 – Rice- most of the rice is anywhere from 4 leaf to about 2 weeks flooded. Most of the rice looks really good. Considering all the Gramoxone drift, but it’s not as bad as glyphosate drift. This year is turning out to be a grassy year.
Soybeans- most beans range from just emerging to about R2. The rain at the end of last week was what the doctor ordered.
Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
5/30/2016 – Cotton is from just cracking the ground to 7th node. Latest planted cotton just had enough moisture to get out but for the most part all cotton is too a stand. Some more seed will fill in gaps after a rain. Cotton is growing well and haven’t sprayed a field for thrips in a week. Herbicides primarily going out.
Peanuts are from just planted to blooming. Older peanuts should get herbicide applications this week. Pre’s are holding really well, but just beginning to break. We’ve been holding off on herbicides the past few days hoping we would at least see a rain in the near forecast. No real big issues in peanuts at the present time.
Corn is from V-3 to milk. Some early dryland corn is basically burnt up. Not a lot of dryland corn acres but the few we have are done and not looking promising.
Reporting from Northeast Mississippi is Homer Wilson, Fulton
5/30/2016 – Dry, dry and dry. For May I recorded 0.24 inches of rain at my house. None of my land has had an inch this month. April gave us ample rainfall and we do have stands on 98 percent of our cotton. Cotton is from cotyledon to 6 leaves with most in the 4-5 leaf stage. Thrips have been heavy on commercial treated seed. Our farm treated seed have been better with only about 25 percent of this cotton being sprayed. Due to thrips, cold and dry, cotton has been slow. All of our pivots are going on whatever crop is under them. We have weeds in fairly good shape and mostly need water at this point.
Corn: Acres are down here. Age ranges from 6 leaf to12 all of it needs water.
Beans: Soybeans are about 85 percent planted and need water to finish. Insects have been low in beans with only about 150 acres sprayed for bean leaf beetles. We have had some heavy thrips but no spraying.
Wheat: Wheat is drying down fast and could have used another rain. It looks to be a good plus crop but test wt. may hang us. We anticipate harvest starting June 6th. Hope we all get some rain.
Tucker Miller, Drew, sent these photos of emerging pigweed in cotton and kudzu bugs in volunteer soybeans. Click on photo to enlarge.