Reporting from the North Delta is Tim Sanders, Sarah
5/21/13 – Cotton: Until last week there were only a few hundred acres planted and that had to be replanted. Last week a lot of cotton was planted and most of it was emerging yesterday and today. There have been some fields planted into weeds with good intentions but now we have a few messes to clean up. Fortunately most of this is LL or Widestrike cotton.
Soybeans: Beans are from just planted to 3 trifoliates. Insect pressure is light. Weed control in most fields looks very good for now. We are planting into more and more fields that already have residual herbicides down, which is much better than in the past.
Rice: Rice is just planted to ready for flood. The older rice is fairly clean but we have been unable to apply preflood herbicides. Hope to get that done soon. Most rice gets glyphosate/Command, but there are some fields we have been unable to get sprayed due to neighboring crops and winds.
Corn: Corn has really jumped after last week. A lot of nitrogen went out and we were still getting some herbicides out. Oldest corn is over 30″ tall, and the youngest is about 2 leaf. Insect pressure has been light, but we are spraying some stinkbugs in some that had wheat cover crop residue.
Overall, we are behind on acres of all crops and behind on the calendar. As I write this we are getting another flood rain. Hopefully, we can keep what is planted and continue to slip seed in the ground.
Reporting from East Mississippi is John Clark Cook, Vaiden
5/21/13 – Cotton: 75% planted, starting checking first stands Monday no insect pressure at this time. Weed control is horrible, hopefully will get some herbicides out this week.
Soybeans: 50% planted, range from just planted to V2, no insect pressure but like cotton weeds are horrible.
Corn: finally finishing up with herbicide and fertilizer and hoping this corn will pick up the fertilizer soon. I have never seen so many streaks across fields, you can diffidently see the rows where the knives were closer to the plants. Insect pressure has been very high this year. Have treated more acres for chinch bugs and stink bugs than I ever have. For the past several years my biggest pest has been sugarcane beetles but they have been few and far between this year. The southern corn rootworm has been a problem in some areas this year.
Wheat: finally starting to turn, doubt I will have any cut before the second week of June. Looks to be an average crop.