Reporting from the South Delta is Trent LaMastus, Cleveland
8/25/2016 – Cotton ranges from about to defoliate some good dry land to 8 NAWF on some early June emerged fields. Rain has been the biggest problem. From insecticide application timing and wash off to high rates of boll rot in many fields. As of this past Monday some growers had received rain 11 out of 12 days. We can still have a good crop but we have already lost a great deal to rot. On our late cotton I think I will still be scouting for insects on September 20th. If weather is good it will be really good yields.
Soybeans range from about R5 – started harvest yesterday. Terminating more every week. Loopers and stink bugs are our focus now. Some decisions to treat are easy to make, others not so much because maturity of the crop. Yield potential looks good in all beans and dry land shouldn’t be as much of a drag on averages as in some years. We got good news from the elevator on the first few loads with only 3% damage. We were really concerned about that behind all the rain the last two weeks. Hope it holds up.
Corn Harvest is wide open for the most part but moisture is still slowing it down in some cases. Yields are good and most growers seem happy with what they have harvested so far.
Good luck to everyone this harvest season. Stay safe!
Reporting from the South Delta is Andy Tonos, Greenville
8/25/2016 – Corn harvest is still going on – yields seem to be average to good but still haven’t heard on some.
Applying some desiccants in soybeans and treating a good many fields for stink bugs and loopers. There is a little damage and sprouting from excessive rain on maturing beans in some fields.
Most rice fields have been drained by now except for my last 600 acres that is just now heading out good. Have some lodging in places and trying to get some samples cut. Cotton – close to terminating insect sprays. Like many others, several diseases including boll rot have been showing up with excessive rain.
Grain Sorghum – close to applying desiccants. Made a total of 2 sprays for insects this year. The weather this fall has made us realize how truly blessed we have been the past few dry falls.
Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
8/25/2016 – Cotton in areas is in really bad shape from all the rain. Some fields will be defoliated Monday unless system in the gulf changes our minds. Later planted cotton is going to be our best cotton at this point.
Oldest peanuts will be dug starting next Thursday. Disease pressure is still fairly light. Velvet bean caterpillars are picking up a little this week but nothing too alarming. Peanut crop looks above average and seem to be going to come off about a week early.
Soybeans for the most part are low in insects. Treated a few fields for red bands stink bugs this week but not a whole lot of acres. Still picking up below threshold of small loopers in younger beans but no treatments as of this week.
Combines are just now beginning to get in the field. I’ve heard yields are good but no solid numbers to report. Heard from one grower today that got into one field that was sprouting pretty bad. Moisture is still higher than they wanted but with possibility of storm next week they are trying to get it.
8/29/2016 – In some areas rains continue to pop up every day or at least every other day. Some defoliation has gone out this week. More fields will be defoliated at the end of this week and more 1st of next. Later planted cotton is looking pretty good with all of the early planted cotton getting hammered with boll rot.
We will begin digging peanuts right after Labor Day. Fungicides still being applied to fields 110-115 dap. Seeing a few spider mites scattered in several fields but gonna try and ride as long as we have good moisture. VBCs are building in peanuts. We may have to treat later planted fields.
Corn is finally getting combined. Yields are around 235.
Soybeans are still relatively low with leps. Stink bugs are the primary pest with isolated later planted fields getting treated for VBC mixed with a few soybean loopers.
Reporting from East Mississippi is John Clark Cook, Vaiden
8/25/16 – Corn: Finished, nothing harvested as of today, still too wet and with another rain this afternoon probably will be next week before any combines get rolling.
Soybeans: Range from R5 to R7, have been treating high numbers of red banded stinkbugs for 3 weeks now. Acephate at a pound was leaving a few especially with so much rain around, started adding bifenthrin at 1:25 with the pound of acephate and that has cleaned them up. Can really tell the beans that had a fungicide from the ones that have not this year. Believe that we will have some high yields if we can get them in the combine.
Cotton: Boll Rot. Will be letting about 90% go this week with the remainder in a couple of weeks, crop is real good but with all the boll rot, it is going downhill fast.
Peanuts: Applying, hopefully, last fungicide treatments this week. Harvest looks to be about 3 weeks away on early peanuts. Good root crop now trying to finish out limb crop.
If you believe in cycles or trends then this is not one you want to know. 2016 falls on the seventh year of bad years. Starting with 1995 and adding 7 you go to 2002, 2009 and now 2016, hope it doesn’t turn out like those years but it sure feels like it right now. At least we can kill the worms in 2016 – now we just need the dry weather!
Reporting from the South Delta is Billy Bryant, Greenwood
8/26/2016 – Cotton: Boll rot and hard lock has likely taken the possibility of a profitable crop on my oldest cotton. As of today the May plantings are still in the game and are expected to be very good but bottom 2-3 bolls are lost to rot. Did not poison any cotton during the 2 weeks of wet weather but sprayed all my green cotton this week for likely the last time with good results. Target spot is rampant- plenty of defoliation in the lower half of the canopy and now seeing some young fruit forms hitting the ground. I feel certain this has affected yield in some fields and possibly grade as certain bolls at mid canopy may not reach full potential. Will start defoliation on April cotton late next week.
Soybeans: All R5.7 stage beans and younger have been treated for loopers and stink bugs over last 2 weeks. Most treatments got 24 hrs or less with showers coming almost daily but all applications provided acceptable control surprisingly. Cleaned up stink bugs in the older beans with Acephate where needed. Kudzu bugs exploded along the Hill line as nymphs appeared. Treated them with Bifenthrin + Acephate and added looper medicine where needed. Overall the soybean crop is strong in my area and yields should be well above the average.
Corn: Yields are above our average on fields that have been harvested. Have been evaluating ear drop due to late season Fall Armyworm feeding. Some observed in BT corn but most damage in non BT. Some non BT not affected. The worst damage observed so far about one ear lost per 150 ft of row and have heard rumors of terrible damage in Arkansas and parts of MS. I plan to invest in moth traps for the 2017 crop and monitor the progression of the FAW moths as we get into the crop as I see how this pest could become a real threat for late season corn that could require wide spread treatment. It certainly can no longer be ignored.
Reporting from the North Delta is Winston Earnheart, Tunica
8-30-2016 – Cotton is finally trying to open. Earlier cotton developed a good bit of boll rot during the 8 days of rain, and also was getting some hard locking. We need hot dry weather so this big cotton crop can open. Only the late cotton is still in danger of insects, and we are still trying to maintain control of plant bugs and worms. It is apparent, the worms have been more tolerant to Bt and pyrethroids this year than in years past.
Rice is being harvested, and yields are excellent. Late rice is still under flood, and stink bugs are a potential problem. Some of these are being treated. We have not, as yet, had problems with blast, but do see a good bit of sheath blight.
Soybeans have great potential, and the earlier plantings are yellowing and dropping leaves. Insect levels have been moderate, with less bollworm. Stink bugs, looper, and bean leaf beetles are still being monitored, with very few fields being treated.
Reporting from the North Delta is Justin George, Merigold
8/30/2016 – Rice: mostly drained. One late field just flagging but should finish up remainder of drain by Monday 9/5. Did spray most areas for stinkbugs and had a lot of Armyworms in that last month. Sheath Blight came on strong in the last 2 weeks. Hybrid 753 is cutting really high yield. Some seed rice 151 is really good. Rex is cutting good. Some Cheniere behind dirt buckets was erratic but likely a compaction issue.
DO see a lot of soybean harvest aid drift on rice. Pilots and ground rigs alike have to watch out. We’ve made it this far in the crop year, and it’s a bitter pill to have/be part of drift complaints.
Corn: mostly good to very good corn yields. Yield monitors have everybody learning more and more about potential and trends. Growers are also seeing why a hybrid that could possibly lodge shouldn’t be planted; much better to stay with a proven performer. Reluctance to Make sales sure bit most growers. We need more help, education, and encouragement in that department. Making 200 bushel corn sales at $4.50 is better than holding 200 in a bin for months hoping for $4 to come back around. We all want to keep corn in the rotation but the likely monster crop coming in the Midwest is going to water down those intentions/possibilities.
Soybeans: trying to extend my checking schedule to let the beans outrun pests. No one wants to spray or water at the end of August. I do have some late planted beans that will deserve spray and water in September though. Polypipe has not been laid in them yet, they are just R4-r5 and are beautiful. Picking up pipe in other parts of farm while needing to lay pipe is a strange scenario.
Did see kudzu bugs crash last week. Beetles in some areas, then not in other areas where I thought they’d be bad. Two weeks ago I had some loopers that crashed. Sprayed a concentrated 200 acres of BLB last week and 4/5 of the beans I check were planted by May 15th and we are safe. Cutting some beans today without harvest aid. Overall the crop looks better than last year, and definitely on dryland and pivot acres. We’ve row watered 1-2 times. A lot of laid pipe never had the holes punched.
Weed control was very good this year especially in April planted fields where the Paraquat plus residual product (Authority Elite, Fierce, Boundary, Sonic) went out on time followed by a Very Quick trip in season with RU and Prefix. Where that interval between shots became 40 days instead of 14-20 days, we had pigweeds come thru. Also, I used a lot more Liberty this year at planting for Marestail and had good success with it versus in-season control measures.