Reporting from the South Delta is Tim Richards, Yazoo City
9/9/2015 – Corn: All the corn in my area has been harvested and yields were good. Ridges were real good with the less well drained areas falling off substantially but the average was good. Not the crop we had last year but 160 dry land to 200 plus irrigated.
Soybeans: Had what I would consider a light year as for as insects. Treated about a third of the acreage we manage for either bollworm, stink bugs, or soybean loopers. Did see our first Kudzu Bugs this year. Yields so far for dry land beans range from 35 bushels on burnt up beans to 65 on good ground beans. Irrigated are better.
Cotton: We’ve just started defoliating in a big way in the last 3 days. I feel like we have a good crop but don’t know right now what affect the temperatures had on the crop. The boll numbers are there but my seed counts are not what they have been in most recent years. Had to treat most of our cotton for spider mites and plant bugs and bollworm were an issue but treatments worked well.
Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
9/9/2015 – Cotton is 30-40% defoliated 1st defoliated ready to pick. Should start tomorrow (9/8). Youngest cotton had open bolls today and should pop quickly. No moisture and high temps. Isolated showers have been around for the last couple of days but seemed to only rain where cotton is ready to be defoliated or had just been defoliated.
Rains did hit a few of the older peanuts and we are taking advantage of the moisture and digging where we can. Most of these peanuts are around 125 dap and were turning loose in the hull. Oldest peanuts are 132 and will be dug on Wednesday. We are making some really hard decisions on harvest timing. Peanuts actually look a little better than I was giving them credit.
Youngest field is 74 dap today and has had very little rain since July 4th. Late leaf spot and southern blight are showing up in a few fields.
The soybeans that I have remains are from R5 – R6. Most were treated last week for worm complex. Stink bugs are still relatively light in most fields. Late dryland beans are going south quickly. If most don’t get a rain this week it’s going to be a sad situation.
Harvest aids were applied to grain sorghum last week with a few fields having to be treated for aphid.
Reporting from the North Delta is Justin George, Merigold
9/12/2015 – Rice: all drained as of today. Yields are all over the place, but the environment appears to have affected rice negatively.
Soybeans: most growers are pulling the plug on spending. A final irrigation has occurred in the last few days. Hopefully this will carry the early June planted beans to maturity. I would think we will get a rain at some point in September. Bean leaf beetle, stink bugs, and 3 CAH are infesting these late fields as they act like islands of refuge.
It’s seems that Heavier ground fields may be cutting better than light land. Some dryland had been just that for the last 8 weeks. I saw 160 acres disked under last week before cutting. Plants were okay but never got a lick of rain after July 5th, and had stressed before that. Some yield monitors showing Zero in patches outside of pivots, but cutting 50-70 under pivots that really couldn’t keep up. Some triple digits on furrow irrigated. I don’t see this being within 10 bushels of last season’s crop.
Corn: finished up with a solid good crop. Just not the best crop ever. Grower are hoping for $5 pricing opportunity. Would be a lot of corn planted versus $8.50- $10 soybean.