Reporting from East Mississippi is Phillip McKibben, Maben
5/15/2014 – This wheat crop could end up the best we’ve had in years, which is amazing considering what it looked like coming out of the winter. We are mid-grainfill.
Our corn crop is V6-V8 mostly, and finally getting the color and vigor that we want to see.
Sorghum is all planted, most has emerged without problem, but some of our planters and drills weren’t exactly spot-on with seed spacing (or depths). We are a little disappointed with populations on one particular grower.
Most of our cotton is planted, about half is up to a stand, and the rest should be fine.
Thrips already present over a large area; we’re watching them closely. Also, spider mites are showing up on one farm, which was planted to cotton last year. Go figure.
We have about 75% of our ‘early’ beans planted; most have emerged without issue, though we have some thin spots where water stood after rains.
Sweet potato ground is probably 70% rowed up, ready to plant, which is where we’d like to be mid-May. Plant beds are thick and healthy.
All in all, we’re really optimistic right now… something is bound to happen.
Reporting from the North Delta is Will Price, Oakland
5-15-2014 – Have had a lot of progress made over the last 10 days to 2 weeks, but glad to have this recent rain. Many farmers shallowed up their planting depth expecting rain last Saturday, and needed this rain yesterday to fill in stand gaps. We are probably about 80-85% planted in our area.
Corn: Finishing up corn post emergence applications and fertilizer applications.
Wheat: Finding Armyworms in numerous fields, but not a lot of flag leaf damage and no heads clipped. Also, we are seeing dead Armyworms from what appears to be disease.
Reporting from the South Delta is Steele Robbins, Greenwood
5-15-2014 – We are essentially done with corn and soybean planting and off to a good start. There have been some pythium seedling disease problems in some of the early beans that were planted in cool conditions, and into heavy soils before Easter; but there haven’t been any issues yet with the later planted beans. Only issue so far with corn is a little steadfast burn, but that is mainly aesthetic and plants are growing well now. Cotton in our area is between 80 and 90% planted and of those planted acres 90% emerged. Cotton that is up looks good and is growing well.
Reporting from the North Delta is James Bowen, Boyle
5-16-2014 – Rice it’s about 80-90 percent planted. Some of the first planted rice is close to being able to flood. Most of the rice ranges from just planted ahead of the rain to about 4 leaf. It’s been tough trying to get fields sprayed due to the wind and neighboring crops. Rainfall totaled anywhere from .5-1.5 inches.
Soybeans- range from still in the bag to about v-2. Most of the fields got a pre-emerge down for pigweed – before or behind the planter. This crop is off to a good start.
Reporting from the North Delta is Tucker Miller, Drew
5-16-2014 – Cotton – most of our cotton has been planted. We still have maybe a thousand acres to plant .Thrips have been very low thus far. Most cotton has had residual pre-emergent herbicides applied and received some rain to activate. Oldest cotton has two true leaves with most just coming to a stand. Starting weed control apps now.
Corn – most corn is in the 5–6 collar leaf stage. Doing everything in corn now, fertilizing, spraying, and running middles out to lay poly pipe. Stink bugs have been low and spotty. See quite a few bollworms in the whorls of the non- Bt refuge.
Soybeans – oldest soybeans have three trifoliates. Still have some acres to plant, some ground was re worked and was without moisture. Most beans had pre-emergent herbicides at planting. Use mostly Gramoxone and Boundary with good results. Have seen more bollworms in the beans than usual. This may be a bollworm year.
Peanuts – most just coming to a stand.
Milo – most just coming to a stand. No insect problems yet.
Wheat – sprayed about half our wheat for army worms this week. Just getting to the milk stage.
Tucker submitted several photos. Click on photos to enlarge.
Bollworms feeding in young soybeans
Sulfur deficiency in corn