Reporting from the North Delta is Bill Pellum, Clarksdale
7/25/2014 – Cotton’s primary focus has been bugs, pix, and chopping pigweeds. Plant Bug management has been a challenge. The number of apps ranges from 2 to 8 with additional border treatments next to corn, soybeans, pecan orchards, vacant lots, etc. Spider Mites have been hit and aphid populations are exploding now.
Rice and Soybeans are receiving fungicides now with insects below treatment thresholds.
Milo is receiving treatment for Midge and White Sugarcane Aphid now.
It is just about miserably wet and we’re receiving an unexpected downpour now.
Diseases may be our issue. We had to add some corn to the fungicide program today and I picking up Scab in the Pecan Orchards where I usually don’t see ANY.
Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
7/25/2014 – We got a little more rain in needed areas. Aphids seem to be crashing in most fields and plant bugs still fairly light. Picking up a few nymphs but have to search hard. Flushing bollworm and budworm moths in cotton and eggs are pretty easy to find.
Peanuts are still low in disease. Looked at all of the older peanuts in the last two days and white mold is almost nonexistent. Insects are low as well.
Soybeans are still kind quiet of with exception of aerial web blight and a little frog eye. Insects are still light. Picking up a green stink bug occasionally.
Reporting from Northeast Mississippi is Homer Wilson, Fulton
7/25/2014 – The rains have abated some, but we are still needing more sun. We have had lots of fog and cool nights. Cotton is growthy with lots of PGR has gone out. Plant bugs are our main problem with an increase in stink bugs. We are spraying everything this week (2nd time) for plant bugs. Some of our cotton has reached 5NAWF but most is 6 or 7 NAWF. Development is slow but looks very promising.
Soybeans are a mixed bag. A few are at R5-6 and some just planted. Most of our wheat beans are at 2nd and 3rd trifoliate. Stink bugs are our most prevalent pest, but have lots of loopers, some yellow striped army worms, FAW, kudzu bugs, 3CAH all mixed in. We are spraying most of our older beans this week and may have to spray some wheat beans next week. We are fairly clear of disease – a little frog eye around, but only spotty. However we are adding fungicides in older bean sprays. The varied populations bother me. My crop areas have had 15-18″ of rain since June 1.
Corn: Most of it has made. Some dry down has started. Overall it is a fine looking crop.
May we be blessed with some sunny days now.