Consultant Commentary – Up-to-Date Information from Mississippi’s Crop Professionals

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.

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Reporting from the North Delta is Joseph Dean, Cleveland
9/3/2015 – Corn Harvest is complete. Yields were good but not as good as last year.
Bean Harvest has started. Applying harvest aids to more acres every week. Irrigated bean yields have been good. Dry land yields have been disappointing due to the lack of rainfall in July and August. I still have several acres of later planted beans in R5. Stinkbugs and 3CAH numbers building but they are not at treatable levels yet.
Most of my milo has been sprayed with Round Up, and Transform was added for SCA where needed. Later planted fields were sprayed for SCA 10 days ago and control still looks good.
Cotton is done, and we will hopefully be starting defoliation in 10 days +/-.
Most of my rice has been drained with exception of a few later planted fields that I had to treat for stink bugs last week.

Reporting from the North Delta is Billy Price, Charleston
9/3/2015 – Cotton: we have potential for a well above average cotton crop, it won’t be a 2014 crop but close. This year varieties will be obvious to all our growers, these DPL varieties just don’t have the bottom crop that others have. We really had a hard time keeping bolls down the plant on the plant. Bacterial blight stayed with us most of the year.
Beans are in full harvest, mostly dry land beans and looks like we are around 40 bushel average, irrigated beans look awesome.
Corn is cutting 130 to 160 on dry land and irrigated 240+, a lot better than expected with the way we started the season.
Grain Sorghum is cutting ok but not what we expected 100 to 120 with a lot more to cut SCA were not bad until heads began to form then things got interesting. I’m real interested in hearing more talk on insect control in G/S from our mid-south research group. I’m like other consultants, ready for this on to be overrrrr!!!!!

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
9/4/2015 – Peanuts are from 70 to 128 days old. Several fields ranging from 118 to 128 days old are ready to dig but really need some moisture to be able to dig. Peanuts are turning loose in the hull due to dry weather. Aflatoxin is a big concern in lots of these fields. Sandier fields that can be dug will be dug as quickly as possible. Some fields are deteriorating really quickly. VBC are building in peanuts in really high numbers. Fields that are in decent shape and still show needing more time are being treated. Spider mites are still showing up in untreated fields. Most are in fields that are on schedule to be dug in 7-10 days and we are not treating. Making harvest decisions this year is very challenging. Areas in the same field seem to be up to 3 weeks apart. A lot of decisions will be made on moisture and ability to dig.
Cotton is opening quickly and by next week all cotton fields with exception of some wheat cotton will be ready to go.

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Reporting from the North Delta is Lauren Green, Greenwood
8/27/2015 – Most corn is harvested and should finish up in next ten days. Sorghum harvest has begun and is doing well. Later planted sorghum we are still spraying for sugarcane aphid and adding in something with harvest aid. Soybeans are also underway with harvest. We are done with spraying worms and loopers in the later planted beans while. Spraying for a few stink bugs in places.

Reporting from Northeast Mississippi is Homer Wilson, Fulton
8/27/2015 – Cotton: the rains last week, though a bit excessive (5 to 6 inches), were very helpful in maturing out crop. 90 percent of our cotton has cut out with some varieties opening. We will probably do our first defoliation about Sept. 15th. The crop looks good to excellent.
Beans: All look very good with the recent rain, but age wise they run from R3.5 to R6.5. Old beans look very good but wheat beans have a while to go. Insects are a field by field situation with a worm mixture. AW, BW, GCW all with loopers. The loopers have the virus, but the other mixture along with 3CAH and a few stink bugs is keeping us on a 2-3 week spray schedule with all our late beans. Old beans seem pretty safe.
Corn: none cut yet. Maybe a fair crop. June heat and drought hurt our corn. Probably start shelling about Labor Day.

Reporting from the North Delta is Joe Townsend, Coahoma
8/27/2015 – Cotton yield potential is looking great. Bolls are nice and big. Crop ranges from 3 NAWF to 75% open. Have made some sprays for bollworms, aphids and mites last week in the younger cotton.
Soybeans run the gamut from harvested to wheat beans just reaching R5.5. The loopers have been a real problem recently. A few bollworms and fall army worms sprays went out a couple of weeks before that. Stink bug numbers edging up.
In Milo, sugar cane aphids had a big flight of winged adults about 10-15 days ago. They seemed to start on the tall milo plants and then land or move to the flag leaves as well. In the days since this I have seen the aphids explode in all milo. About 40% of our milo has been killed and most of the rest will be ready for it within 2 weeks.
The corn harvest is well underway with yields as good as last year or better.

Reporting from the North Delta is Tucker Miller, Drew
8/31/2015 – Cotton — made last insecticide applications on cotton end of last week. Still looking at 200 acres of cotton planted June 7 that might require another app. looking back on the year here are some observations. Sprayed more for mites than ever before, due to hot dry weather. Saw more fungal leaf spots than usual. Saw more bollworm surviving in BT, and Widestrike cotton than I have seen in several years. We did a little better with the pigweed problem, but still desperately need the new technology. I think we have a good crop, but not like the last few years. Will look at defoliation on some acres around 10th September.
Soybeans — still watering the late beans behind wheat. Sprayed these about three weeks ago with Besiege and Intrepid Edge. Both did great job and are still holding. Hoppers and BLB’s are all we see now. Early beans have been harvested with good yields reported, applying harvest aids now, and starting to cut the mid-to-early-May planted beans.
Milo — some milo has been cut, good yields reported. Applied harvest aids to the rest last week.
Peanuts —made the fourth fungicide app at day 115, used generic Folicure plus Bravo. Hope this will take them to the house. Insects have been low.
Corn – most corn has been harvested south, just starting to harvest on the north end of our territory. Yields are average, about 20 bu. off from last year. 180—200 bu. /a. is what I’m hearing.

Reporting from the South Delta is Herbert Jones, Leland
8/31/2015 – Virtually all corn harvested with good to excellent yields.
Soybeans: about half of my beans are harvested with very good to excellent yields being reported. Still looking at late beans but they are approaching R6 rapidly. No insect problems at this time.
Plant bugs continue to be a problem in late planted cotton. They just won’t quit. Sprayed a fair amount of my cotton the first of last week for plant bugs and/ or stink bugs and that will probably be the last application this year. Actually defoliated about two hundred acres today. Will be so glad when this season ends, it has been a tough one.

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
8/31/2015 – Defoliation started last week in Claiborne County and all counties I work will defoliate some by the end of this week. Next week most acres will be ready for defoliation except for a few acres behind wheat.
Corn is 50% harvested with dry land from 207-210 bu/acre and irrigated somewhere between 240-250.
Soybeans are from R3 to being cut now. Early dry land beans planted 5/1 are cutting around 60.
Anything planted after April 15th that’s being cut that wasn’t irrigated is from 25-45. Most late beans have been or are being treated now for the full complex of leps and scattered stink bugs. Red banded showing up in isolated fields now as well.
Peanuts are from 60 to 122 days old with older peanuts being 7-10 days away from digging. Some fields may be dug this week due to drought and peanuts turning loose in the hull.
I’m ready for this one to be OVER!!!!

Reporting from East Mississippi is Bert Falkner, West Point
9/1/2015 – Cotton is from 0-4 NAWF. I’ve cut a good but loose but keeping an eye on the late planted crop (NAWF 4). Scheduling defoliation on some for later this week and will do more in progression, using traditional defol products. I’d say this crop is average plus but not as good as last year’s crop. Extreme heat seems to have affected boll size in dryland and irrigated cotton.
Corn yields are a little surprising (better than was expected), with dryland yields between 130 and 180 bu./a and irrigated yields 180-200+. Yield monitors show where weak spots due to standing water early in the season and nitrogen issues affected crop.
We’ve treated a lot of soybeans in the last 2 weeks for green clover worm and loopers (few pod feeders). Stink bugs populations have remained low and only 1 field where BLB was a problem. Will begin desiccation later this week.
Peanuts are at 110 days, will take them to 140 days – got 3rd soil fungicide out. It looks like a good root crop and the limb crop is coming. Observed heavy southern blight in several fields.
Sweet potato harvest is just beginning but not enough dug yet to guess about yields. Insect pressure has been low all year. Pounding rains likely the cause of misshapen potatoes.

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Reporting from the North Delta is Winston Earnheart, Tunica
8/20/2015 – We just received a needed rain yesterday, and our season this summer has been mostly favorable with some short periods of dryness and temperatures above normal.
Cotton is forming bolls in the upward part of the canopy, and we are getting thumb-sized bolls in the 6th position down from the terminal. This is allowing us to terminate plant bug treatments, following a successful season of controlling this pest. Fruit load is good and yields should be favorable.
Soybeans are from blooming to being readied for harvest. Later planted beans have been needing treatments in most cases for insects. Bollworms, armyworms, loopers (mostly green clover worms), stink bugs, and grasshoppers. Grasshoppers are hard to catch in the net, but we are seeing some populations causing economic foliage loss and feeding on pods.
Rice is from boot to being ready to harvest. Stink bugs have been light to moderate with only some fields needing treatment. Heads have very few blanks, and yields should be good.
Milo, where planted early, has received a harvest aid and should be ready for combines soon. Later milo has had treatable populations of midge, worms, and sugarcane aphids. Pyrethroids have controlled midge, but they have been ineffective on the worm complex, causing growers to have to go to more expensive choices for worm control. Most all of the later milo has received one to two doses of either Transform or Sivanto for aphids.
Peanuts look great, with fields receiving two fungicide doses for southern blight (white mold). In the last few days, we have started finding a good many armyworms and grasshopper, and insecticides have been recommended.

Reporting from East Mississippi is Ty Edwards, Water Valley
8/20/2015 – Cotton- By the end of this week, we will have terminated 60-70% of the cotton crop. Cracked bolls in the bottom, mature bolls in the top…time to go to the house. We will still continue checking our irrigated cotton and some replant/green spots, but not for long. We took care of a large bollworm flight and some top feeding plant bugs late last week or early this week. We got great results from the overspray except in the Widestrike cotton, it took a little more damage. Heat pushed this stuff along tremendously. Overall, we’ve got a pretty decent crop. Most of my area has been blessed with abundant rainfall, in some cases way too much. I’ve had a little over 20″ of rain at my house since the first of June. The south part of my area has been much drier, and the crop shows it too. What I’ve really noticed this year is how 2013/2014’s lower temperatures affected boll retention in a positive way, and the tremendous heat this year made it tough to set fruit.
Soybeans- We’ve got a pile of beans that will be done soon. We cut a few dryland beans earlier in the week that were ready a little prematurely, they ranged from 25 on the ridges to 40 in the bottoms. Hoping the yields will get better when we get to the better beans. Any of the later beans that we treated for bollworms a few weeks ago, we are having to come back with another shot of something for loopers. It is like clockwork, as the Prevathon wears off, the loopers begin “surviving”, basically in the same order and time frame we sprayed the bollworms. They are gonna be here heavy this year, I was flushing thousands of looper moths today in several bean/cotton fields. Our youngest beans are early R5 now, and look to have the best potential of all the beans. The heat really took a toll on pod set in the earlier ones.
Grain sorghum- We are seeing a mass migration of winged mothers (SCA) into most fields. They seem to be skipping the bulk of the canopy, and going straight for the flag leaf and heads. Since we are on the cusp of desiccating most milo, this is causing some difficult decisions for us. How many aphids is too many to try to run through a combine? I’ve got one field of late milo that drowned earlier, and it was eaten up with midge the other day. That’s the only field we treated this year for them. Headworms were a terror in some fields. Anthracnose showing up in irrigated milo with all the showers, getting ugly quick.
Sweetpotatoes- We’re a few weeks from digging anything. In the last few days, we’ve basically sprayed every row for a combination of loopers, bollworms, multiple flavors of armyworms, and cutworms. You can also throw in some more flea beetles in a few fields as well. We’ve had a lot of rain on this crop, so I’m concerned the crop may not be what we once thought. We always seem to make the better yields on dryer years.

Reporting from the South Delta is Billy Bryant, Greenwood
8/23/2015 – Cotton – Irrigated cotton looks extremely good with few exceptions. Not much cotton treated over last two weeks – hitting some greener fields for bollworms. Expect to begin defoliation of April cotton in two weeks. Irrigation has been terminated on later plantings.
Soybeans – All frog eye susceptible varieties were treated with combination fungicides at R3 to R4 with acceptable results. No major disease issues have occurred. Have treated many acres for soybean loopers over last 2 weeks mostly with Intrepid plus Acephate. Control has been good.
Peanuts – About 120 days in. Southern Blight observed in most fields at low levels. Just finished a round with Convoy. Added Belt on a few fields for a multi species caterpillar removal. Some pods crossing over into the brown class. Will carry peanuts another 20 days.
Milo – Head worms and aphids under control at this time. Some SCA have required 2 treatments. Will not have to put aphid poison with harvest aid the way things appear at this time.

Reporting from East Mississippi is Phillip McKibben, Maben
8/24/2015 – This is not the end, but hopefully the beginning of the end.
Our cotton has bloomed out the top, grain sorghum is hardening, and at least our early beans are beginning to turn. We’ve had an armyworm / looper complex the past few weeks that has been very persistent. Numbers have not been extremely high, but egg lay has been constant in some areas. We have treated the majority of our sweetpotato acres, and a chunk of our soybeans.
In our soybeans, there was a noticeable difference in looper feeding when the “black-foots” showed up… seems like they eat twice as much, twice as fast as the green footed varieties. Stinkbugs are non-existent for all practical purposes, so all spray decisions have been worm related.
Initial sweetpotato yield and quality look good, but only a few test strips have been dug, and also some foundation seed are leaving the field. Full scale harvest should begin the first full week of September, but price could persuade some folk to give up yield and get some acres behind them. There are some packers with reserves running low, that would love to have some roots in their curing rooms.

Reporting from the North Delta is Jim Arrington, Senatobia
8/25/2015 – Cotton -The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter. Some cotton has reached cut out. The later cotton is still getting plant bug treatments. I have also had to treat a few fields for fall armyworms. Good rains have helped fill out top crop and cotton looks good.
Soybeans – Green clover worms, loopers, and corn earworms still in heavy numbers in younger beans and we are treating those as needed. Recent rains have helped these late beans get some size and look at little more promising. Stinkbugs spotty in older beans.
Corn – Harvest will resume this week after a pause from the rain.
Grain sorghum – Will be adding insecticide for WSCA to harvest aid in most cases. Hopefully by the end of the week.

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
8/25/2015 – Defoliated 1st cotton this past weekend. I think I have one 30 acre field left to check. The rest of my acres are relatively safe. More cotton will be defoliated this week.
I will blast several peanut fields this week to kind of see where they are at in relation to digging. Dry weather I think has moved this crop up, especially drought stressed field. Spider mites have really blown up this past week. Fields are being treated as needed. Velvet bean caterpillars are also being treated. Oldest peanuts are 118 days, youngest are 60.
Soybeans are from R3-R7. VBC, loopers, and bollworms are being treated in late planted beans that received rain over the last two weeks. VBC are about as bad as I’ve ever seen them in some areas.
Corn harvest has been on hold for two weeks due to showers. Hopefully growers can get back at it today (8/25).

Justin George, Merigold sent in this photo of rice harvest taken by drone

Rice harvest - 8-15

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Reporting from Northeast Mississippi is Homer Wilson, Fulton
8/9/2015 – Cotton: Good rain 1.5 – 3 inches Thursday helped our crop a lot. Hot weather has moved our crop fast. Most cotton is 0-3 NAWF with a good boll load. Insects have been lite, some plant bugs in spots and some aphids were sprayed on about 400 acres. A few bollworms have shown the past week in the PhytoGen cotton. Overall prospects look very good.
Soybeans: our early beans, about 15 percent of total, look very good. They are at R6. All have had a fungicide and sprayed for 3CAH and kudzu bugs. Most of our beans are later, lots of wheat beans, and range from pre bloom to R4. Insect pressure has not been heavy yet. A few army worms and 3CAH have been sprayed, but not heavy infestations. The rains will really help these beans.
Corn: most ranges from dent to black layer and looks fair. Dry spells and heat hurt our corn.

Reporting from the North Delta is Ray Chacon, Cleveland
8/11/2015 – We have severe bacterial blight in 1321 that will cause significant yield reduction. Overall insects have been low with the exception of plant bugs, which we’ve been treating on a 14-17 days interval. I believe this will be an average to good crop and we should be defoliating some in 3 weeks.
Corn harvest is underway with a good solid crop but not a bumper crop like last year.
This looks like one of our better peanut crops. We put out our 1st white mold treatment within the last 3-4 days in a few fields. Insect pressure has been very light this year.
Sprayed the first CSA in milo within the last 3-4 days.
The majority of my soybeans are nearing maturity and we should start harvest within the next 10 days. Treated a few fields for 3-CAH recently.

Reporting from East Mississippi is Bert Falkner, West Point
8/11/2015 – The ¾” to 3” of rain we got last week helped tremendously. Almost all of my corn is at black layer to starting to shell. Dryland corn harvest is just getting started. I have one grower that will water his late corn one more time.
Cotton is at NAWF 0-6 – fruit load is okay, PGR’s still going out. We’re seeing a mixture of insects, including FAW, bollworm, brown stink bug and plant bugs, but have not treated a lot in the past week. One or two more rains or irrigations and we’ll be okay.
Soybeans are from R2-R6 with loopers, GCW and stinkbug numbers still low but BLB numbers increasing. Diseases are not as prevalent this year and not as many fungicides were used. We’ve had noticeable leaf burn by certain fungicides this year and we’ll see if yields are impacted. Overall, I don’t think this bean crop is as good as last year.
The 2nd white mold treatment on peanuts is out. Good set on root crop and now putting on limb crop. Peanuts are about 100 days and we’ll carry them to 140 days. Insect pressure is low.
Sweet potatoes are swelling to small #1’s. Most caught last week’s rain. Sprayed a complex of worms last week with good results.

Reporting from the South Delta is Herbert Jones, Leland
8/13/2015 – Letting early planted bean go. Later planted beans received an insecticide treatment first of the week for worms(hopefully the last this season).
Corn and milo being cut. Corn yield are good but appear to be about twenty bushels less than last year.
Non-Bt cotton sprayed last Thursday or Friday for bollworms plus something for plant bugs. Found enough worms in blooms of Bt cotton to warrant an overspray for worms. Last watering on most cotton went out first of week.

Reporting from East Mississippi is Mitch LeFlore, Eupora
8/13/2015 – Cotton- cotton winding down. Sprayed all acres for tarnished and clouded plant bugs. Spotty boll worms and fall army worms in places. Blessed with a couple good timely rains the last couple of weeks. Overall crop looks promising Soybeans- Older beans winding down with a few loopers and stink bugs. Younger and wheat beans r3 to r5 loopers are building to high numbers and are being treated now. We will need several more rain to finish these out.
Grain sorghum- most heads are turning and hardening. Past worm threat. Aphids are building and have exploded in places.
Peanuts- southern blight starting to show on treated and untreated plants after rains last week. Leaf spot showing in places especially where it was last year.
Sweet potatoes- army worm and granulated cut worms starting to blow up on us in places. Started treatment last week and still treating now. Few acres are beginning to be dug. Mainly seed acres but they are looking good.

Reporting from East Mississippi is John Clark Cook, Vaiden
8/17/2015 – This summer has been one of extremes for the area I check. Started out with too much rain, now we have gone 40 days without any rain on 90% of the acres I scout. With no rain, very high temps and no irrigation you can imagine what this crop looks like. The beans that looked like they could be 60+ bushels July 5th are now dead with the yield potential of somewhere around 10-15 bushels maybe. The young beans are not any better, a lot of pods with no beans in them. If it doesn’t rain soon they will not fill out and may not be cut at all. The cotton crop is not much better with many fields having open bolls 2 weeks early. Should start some defoliation next week. It will be a lot of bale to bale and half cotton. Corn harvest starting with yields being around the 150 mark. On the bright side insect pressure has been light in all crops.

Reporting from North Delta is Ed Whatley, Clarksdale
8/17/2015 – Soybeans- I have sprayed all young beans for pod worms. Bean leaf beetles emerged several weeks ago but have plateaued since then, I did not have to spray many fields. Loopers are building in beans now, I expect to make applications in the following weeks. All April and the first week of May planted beans will outrun loopers. Stink bugs have not been a problem so far. Frog eye is a problem in susceptible varieties.
Milo- I am applying desiccants to a good portion of my milo this week. Sugar cane aphids have been on the rise in the last few weeks, but most of my milo made in through the season with one or two applications with no real blow ups.
Corn harvest is in full swing, yields have been good.
Cotton is winding down, still making some plant bug application to green cotton.

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Reporting from the North Delta is James Bowen, Boyle
8/6/2015 – Rice–most of the rice ranges from just starting to head out to draining. About 50% of my acres have been drained. Still finding stink bugs at treatment levels in the later planted fields. Every field I check has been sprayed for stink bugs so far. I have one grower that will cut a sample Friday or Saturday. This crop has really sped up in the last 10 days due to the heat. I hope the heat hasn’t hurt the yield (blanks).
Soybeans–most of my acres range from r3-r7. Most of the younger beans have been sprayed for bollworms. Bean leaf beetles are building up fast in some fields. Harvesting has begun on some of the dry land fields.

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
8/7/2015 – Most fields I have looked at this week have cutout and pretty much burned up. I’ve seen green bolls splitting up in the middle of the plant with fire ants getting moisture out of seed and lint. Bolls are splitting on the top side, I guess from just getting baked by the sun. Open bolls this week on the western side of my area. No insects in cotton to speak of. I have very few fields that have squares and blooms left on them. Too hot, too dry, for too long. I had one county get 1″ of rain on Wednesday.
Peanuts are stressing across my entire area. Later peanuts are loaded up pretty good but later planted fields need a rain soon to have a shot to make a good crop. Growers are watering fields that can be watered, just not enough irrigation in this part of the world. Spider mites have been treated in several fields and more will be sprayed this weekend.
Soybeans are from R1-R6. If they aren’t irrigated they are hurting. Not a lot of insects in dry-land fields. A few irrigated fields have been treated for loopers and bollworms.

Reporting from the South Delta is Josh Westling, Flora
8/7/2015 – Cotton- Anywhere from NAWF 5 to blooming strait out the top. This hot dry weather has really taken a toll on it. Very little insect pressure the last week. Some plant bugs but have been very spotty
Corn- Most all corn at black layer and some being harvested. Heard yields anywhere from 160-210 bu.
Milo- Most of it at hard dough. Drying down very fast. May be desiccating some next week. Aphids are still very light. Overall it is a good looking crop.
Soybeans- Anywhere from R2-R7. Some will be desiccated next week. Older beans that are still green are being sprayed for loopers and stink bugs. Younger beans are being sprayed mostly for bollworms. Dry and hot weather is really drying beans out very fast.

Reporting from the North Delta is Tucker Miller, Drew
8/7/2015 – Cotton – hot dry weather has taken its toll on a lot of our cotton. Have furrow irrigated three times, and pivots haven’t shut off in five weeks. Got some rain from Marks up to Como yesterday. Plant bugs have moderated, and are getting 10 to 14 day intervals. Most acreage has been sprayed once for spider mites. We are starting to see some slippage on worms in the BT cotton (see photo below). This may be due to cotton reaching cut out, long intervals between plant bug sprays, or differences in trait packages. Whatever the reason, seeing more worms this year. Spraying a lot of the cotton this week for the last time. Late cotton where irrigated will have to be protected till end of August. Flushing a lot of moths, and finding eggs on bloom tags.
Soybeans – anywhere from starting to harvest to putting out layby on wheat beans. Had some Group Three’s cut 70 bu. under a pivot, dry corners were burned up, and the field averaged 46 bu. Have sprayed all the wheat beans for worms, using Besiege and Intrepid Edge. About half our beans are at R 5.5 and we are watching for stink bugs and loopers. Mostly finding BLB’s and 3 Cornered Alfalfa hoppers now. Will irrigate these for two more weeks.
Milo – have cut some milo, with good yields reported. Just sprayed late milo for head worms.
Corn – harvest has begun, moisture running from 21 to 17. Yields have been average, not as good as last year. Making the last irrigation on the late corn.
Peanuts – got a two inch rain on the peanuts, most were dry land so this was a blessing. About 90 days. Worms increasing, but no sprays yet.

Bollworm surviving in BT cotton - 2

Bollworm surviving in BT cotton

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Consultant Commentary – Up-to-Date Information from Mississippi’s Crop Professionals

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
8/4/2015 – Cotton has really matured in the past 7-10 days. Heat and dry weather has taken its toll. Will probably have an open boll in 7-10 days if not sooner. Insects are light. Late cotton still has a chance to do well with rain but need rain pretty soon.
Peanuts are beginning to show signs of stress. Spider mites are being treated in some fields and they seem to be showing up in a lot more fields today. Oldest peanuts are 95 days and are really showing stress from heat. Seeing a little disease where rain fell last Thursday but nothing too bad.
Soybeans are still hurting and without rain soon they will be done. Seeing lots of spots in fields dying. No insects to speak of. Irrigated beans have a few loopers and bollworms but nothing too heavy.
First corn field cut yesterday South of Hattiesburg. Dry land field cut around 210 bushels.

Reporting from the South Delta is Will Price, Oakland
8/4/2015 – Cotton: High temperatures have really moved this crop along over the last 2 plus weeks. NAWF is from 3-7, with the bulk of the crop at 4-5. It may not be a 2014 cotton crop, but many fields are well above average; just about 2 weeks or so later than the past several years. Still fighting plant bugs in some fields, but overall, plant bugs and bollworm eggs have subsided to some extent….for now.
Corn: nothing at black layer just yet, but a lot is close. Have just ended or ending a lot of irrigation this week.
Milo: We are anywhere from addressing midge applications, to treating for head worms, aphids, or a combination of all three; it just depends on pest present and stage of development. Head worms have dictated treatments in most situations, but not all. This milo crop looks good to me for the most part.
Rice: What little rice I am looking at just received a fungicide/early stink bug application. Overall, more grass pressure this year than I am used to seeing.
Soybeans: We treated a LOT of fields the end of last week for bollworms where the beans were R2-R3. Many fields that were well below threshold last week have since risen, and we set a lot of them up over the past two days. Worm numbers have absolutely exploded over the last week or so. Also treating for frogeye leaf spot in some irrigated beans. Beans just treated for worms are full of potential but will need good August rains (and September) to reach it.

Reporting from East Mississippi is Phillip McKibben, Maben
8/4/2015 – Corn is drying fast, some has reached 20-25% moisture, so we should have some combines running soon.
Soybeans are drying fast as well, but we still need to fill them out. We’re R5.5 on the bulk of our beans, and we haven’t had quite the rain lately that we have hoped for. Frogeye pressure has been heavy, and varietal response has been widely varied. Alfalfa hoppers and Kudzu bugs have been crawling out of the woodwork lately and filling our fields. I had to spray some really late (V9) beans for Beet Armyworms, we were averaging 30-40 per 25 sweeps. There are very few pivots on the bean ground we work, but they are all turning.
Cotton has been smooth sailing after we got enough Pix in the plant to stop it. We are now 2-4 NAWF in most, with very light to no plantbug pressure. No sign of Stinks. Bollworms caused concern in Widestrike cotton, but we weathered them without treating. Timely rains had the plants relatively stress free and must have produced ample toxin.
Milo was sprayed for Aphids 3 weeks ago and they are still zeroed out.
We had to spray for Headworms this week. They were mainly in the early emerged heads.
The sweetpotato crop looks very promising. It has been several years since we’ve had the heat to move the crop along at a pace that will allow for any considerable early harvest. We have hopes of beginning to dig the last week of August. Insects have been all over the board. Horrendous Granulate Cutworm numbers in one spot, heavy Yellow-stripes, Beets, and Loopers in another area, and then in one small area, we’ve had continuous Beet Armyworm egg lay for three weeks, and we’re seeing 85-90% parasitism over several hundred acres, and have yet to spray.

Reporting form the North Delta is Tim Sanders, Sarah
8/4/2015 – Corn: We are watering some of our later corn for the last time. Much has already reached black layer.
Rice: Some of the early rice is being drained. We are still treating stinkbugs in most of the crop. Numbers started off huge but have dropped back to normal.
Cotton: Still fighting plantbugs. Crop looks good but dry, hot weather is taking a toll on some of the dryland. Older cotton is almost done but we still have a long way to go on some. Bollworm moths have been frequent and pyrethroids have been added to many plantbug sprays. A few spider mites and aphids have also been treated.
Milo: Some milo is hard dough and some has just begun to head. Midge and worm applications have been going out. Head worms have been in most fields to some degree. Sugarcane aphids have really increased over the last two weeks. We have made applications in many fields but some fields of older milo just haven’t had many at this time.
Soybean: Range from R1-R7. Stinkbugs and bean leaf beetles have been treated in some of the older beans. Bollworms are fairly consistent in many of the younger R2-R3 beans.
WE need a rain. Dryland beans are really showing stress and fading in places.

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Consultant Commentary – Up-to-Date Information from Mississippi’s Crop Professionals

Reporting from the North Delta is Bill Pellum, Clarksdale
7/29/2015 – Cotton: Plant Bugs! We started on these bugs with a 3 to 5 day schedule. We are up to 9 applications of 2 and 3 way mixes and some of our farms still have numerous fields
with bad hit areas. We got run over by the sheer number of bugs and we are still
fighting with only a slight slow in the past 2 weeks. One treatment has gone out for
mites, a little bit of aphid, and now bollworm has enter the picture.
Milo: We are doing about a 10 day to 2 week schedule on aphid, midge, and headworm.
Soybean: We have treated or in the process of treating most all of our young beans for
podworm and are doing some older beans for Bean Leaf Beetle.
Rice: Saw a lot of stink bug today and are treating now. All rice will have had a fungicide by the end of this week and will turn off water on the oldest field next week.
Corn: Oldest has begun to black layer.

Reporting from the North Delta is Justin George, Merigold
7/30/2015 – Rice: scheduling drain on a lot of acres. 2 weeks of really hot weather has pushed the rice to maturity probably a few days earlier than normal. Rice stinkbugs have been pretty consistent being right at threshold.
Soybeans: Bollworms everywhere. Most pressure I’ve seen since 2010. We’ve been spraying for two weeks. Our fungicide, Dimilin and Pyrethroid shot 2-3 weeks ago really did keep worms out for about 10-14 days (since it never rained to wash out the poison), but can find 1-3 day old worms behind that now in tops of plants, especially Purple bloom varieties. When the real pressure began I swapped to Besiege and Prevathon with fungicide at R3 where disease package is vulnerable to Frogeye. In some of the R4.5-R5 beans that don’t need as much protection and where Bean Leaf Beetles have started ramping up I’m making Belt and Orthene an option. If someone hasn’t looked at their blooming/young podding beans in the last 2 weeks, they are taking damage. The late planted acreage is going to remind us why we need to get beans planted in April. All of my April beans (3/30-4/15, and some 4/27-30) are close to finishing up. Some dryland will be cut in next 10 days, and early irrigated could take harvest aid shot this Saturday.
Corn: Blacklayer last Friday
Milo: midge pressure was light, aphids didn’t blow up like last year even though they weren’t hard to find, but headworm complex is/was unreal – 1-3 bollworms per head plus high numbers of webworms.

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
7/30/2015 – Rains yesterday and today have been hit and miss, mostly miss. Counties right around Hattiesburg got good rains for the most part and will really help cotton and peanuts. Elsewhere around got very little if any. Cotton is really struggling and really needed this rain to have a chance at a good crop. Spider mites are in every field with some getting treatment in the last few days. Plant bugs, bollworms have been low this week with a few fields having slippage and receiving treatments. Cotton is from 15th to 22 nodes with oldest cotton at cutout. Cotton on the western side of my area has been without a rain since June 23rd and is basically done. Missed this weeks chance and don’t see another chance for a week. Heat and dry weather have been too much.
Peanuts are from 35 to 90 days old. Started seeing a little southern blight today behind some showers. Spider mites are showing up in most fields. Growers have been spot spraying some fields trying to hopefully to by some time.
Soybeans are hanging on waiting to get a rain but very few got any. Insects are light in dryland fields. Fields that have been irrigated are caught some rains have loopers, green clover worms, and bollworms with a few of these fields receiving treatments this week.
Corn is still probably a week to ten days to harvest with a few fields approaching black layer in 10 days.

Reporting from East Mississippi is Ty Edwards, Water Valley
7/31/2015 – Cotton- We are getting dry again. All my area got some form of a shower last week, ranging from .4″ to 3″ total. But with boll load sucking on it as well as 97 degrees every day, it didn’t last long. NAWF is moving up, and has hit 5 in a number of fields, although cotton still seems to be holding onto those bolls at this point. We’re watering everything we can right now. To date, I’ve only sprayed one field for bollworms, and it was more for moths than anything. We had a good many eggs, as well as tons of moths, so we targeted both with a combo. Boll retention around some of this corn and soybeans isn’t that great, but the other end of the field makes up for it. All in all, most of our cotton is still in good shape, and could be really good if we got a rain soon.
Soybeans- We sprayed kudzu bugs last week in Grenada and Montgomery counties. The immature numbers jumped up to about 3X threshold in a short period. We’ve been applying fungicides on a good many acres, and have been including a pyrethroid, mainly to clean up the kudzu bugs building heavily in a lot of field borders. We have sprayed almost every acre of delta beans now for bollworms. At first, they were really spotty, but they filled in all the gaps this week. Anything not lapped with blooms triggered a spray.
Milo- We have sprayed about 10% of our milo for aphids, and almost every bit of that is a variety that is “not resistant,” or is right next to it. All the rest of it the beneficials are staying on top of them. We sprayed 2 fields for midge that had some really uneven head emergence, and the later emerging milo had a few midge in it. Other than that, they’ve been non-existent. We have sprayed every row for headworms with either Prevathon or Blackhawk. Both so far have performed well, as long as the grower takes the time to put the water to it for coverage.
Sweet Potatoes- Our earliest are beginning to size up, and early diggings with a shovel show a beautiful crop under there. These have got to be some of the prettiest shaped potatoes I’ve seen in quite a while. We have stayed pretty busy chasing flea beetles, and now have got well over threshold of small bollworms in most fields that we’ll address. Later applied Dual is still holding for the most part.

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Reporting from the North Delta is Winston Earnheart, Ph.D., Tunica
7/25/2015 – Cotton is fruited nicely and is under control on plant bugs. We are getting a fairly large influx or worm moths and eggs, with some worm under stuck blooms. This is prompting us to recommend combination doses of insecticide that include a phosphate and a pyrethroid to control both plant bugs and worms. We are seeing a little red spider in places, and aphids have not been a problem so far.
Milo is beginning to get infestations of sugarcane aphid, and there have been some combination midge and aphid doses go out. There are some fields, however, that have not reached treatment levels of aphids. The milo crop, so far, looks good. We have used on midge either Blackhawk or a pyrethroid and have been pleased with both. Aphids are receiving treatment of either Transform or Sivanto.
Soybeans have had only a few fields reach treatment levels of stink bugs or bean leaf beetles. Many fields received the R3 dose of fungicide and insecticide. Green clover worms have been the predominant looper, but leaf loss has been minimal.
Rice fields are beginning to head in the older fields, with some fields showing tanning of the heads. Some of the fields that headed first received insecticide doses for rice stink bugs, but not all fields have met treatment levels. Varieties other than hybrids will be receiving a fungicide dose at boot split for blast, sheath blight and kernel smut. Sheath blight has been light so far this year in my area.
Older corn was receiving their last irrigation the first part of the week, but rains were prevalent toward the end of the week. We found only a few fields of corn with southern rust. The corn crop looks good over all.

Reporting from the North Delta is Tucker Miller, Drew
7/24/2015 – Milo – spraying the later milo for head worms – older milo will desiccate first of the week.
Soybeans – have received some much needed rain, but where we missed beans are headed south fast. Late beans that are R 3.5 have threshold of boll worms, and we are spraying those. Wheat beans aren’t blooming yet, and we are still applying weed control measures. Using Roundup, Blazer, and Zidua on most of these for lay by.
Cotton – latest cotton with 14 nodes and starting to bloom – oldest with 20 nodes and 5-6 NAWF. Plant bugs, aphids and worm eggs have been our latest problem. Finding scattered mites, mostly on edges. Cotton looks good where irrigated or caught a rain lately. Still have dry spots where cotton is cutting out. Overall my cotton is two weeks later than normal.
Peanuts – insects have been low, we caught a rain this week right after our second white mold shot. We are about 80 days.
Corn – most corn has reached black layer with good moisture. Still have small acreage that will need more irrigation probably – two more weeks.

Reporting from the South Delta is Andy Tonos, Greenville
7/25/2015 – Soybeans-range anywhere from R2 full bloom to Late R6 early R7. Spraying for bollworms in Younger beans and stink bugs in older beans. Close to termination on irrigation on some of the earliest fields. We’re still cleaning up weeds and grasses, mostly where there were canopy issues. No weed control better than shade!!
Rice-ranges from 2nd mid-season shot to fully headed. Applied fungicides and stink bug sprays. Cleaned up the last bit of weeds and grass escapes within the last week or two.
Grain Sorghum-is fully headed in the milk to dough stage recently sprayed for head worms and sugar cane aphids.
Corn- irrigated most all for the last time and terminated irrigation on most by now. At or close to the black layer with the exception of a few late fields.

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
Cotton is from 15th node to cutout. Some fields have been sprayed form worms over the weekend. Spider mites are picking up in some fields with treatments being made where needed. Dry, hot weather is hurting more than anything right now. Cotton in two counties around Hattiesburg have received much needed rains over the past several days. Counties on the west side are really getting in trouble. Bugs have been light but lack of rain has hit those areas hard.
Peanuts are from 32-89 DAP. Peanuts for the most part are looking really good. Disease is still almost nonexistent. Insects are light also.
Corn is drying down and hopefully harvest will start in 2 weeks.
Soybeans are suffering on most acres I look at. If they are not irrigated, they are stressed right now. Rain chances increase at the end of this week and hopefully will come.

Reporting from the South Delta is Bruce Pittman, Coila
7/28/2015 – Earliest planted soybeans are at R6+ and safe from insect and disease and are being watered for the last time this week. Later planted beans have been treated for bollworm, loopers and stinkbugs using 7oz. Besiege plus 1gal to 100 a. Lambda-Cy.
I’ve not been bothered by midge in milo this year but have had heavy numbers of armyworms, bollworms and webworms. Treated these acres with Besiege and we’ll see if sugarcane aphids are flared.
We’ve had moderate numbers of plant bugs, as usual and have been able to keep them under control with pyrethroid plus acephate on a 12-14 day interval. Applied ¾ oz. Transform plus .75# acephate where plant bugs and aphids were present. Where spider mites are a concern, we’ve used Portal and Abamex – Portal performed better but more costly. Cotton is fruited well. Who know what these high temps have done to quality.
Have applied one white mold app of Abound in peanuts earlier and Tilt and Bravo for leaf spot. On the next while mold treatment, I’ll use Abound on half of acres and Convoy on the other half.
We’ve had no rain since July 4th.

Reporting from the South Delta is Trent LaMastus, Cleveland
7/28/2015 – Cotton growth stages range from 1st bloom to cut-out. Oldest cotton continues to have pressure from worms, eggs, spider mites and plant bugs. Overall, older cotton is good but too early to tell on the late planted crop.
We’re terminating some soybean acres this week and have treated some of the later planted acres for bollworms and stink bugs. Frogeye is showing up and we’re treating some acres where only a single fungicide was used earlier. Irrigation is going wherever possible.
Most corn acres have been terminated except for 2 fields that I’ll continue to check for a couple of more weeks. They’ll probably start cutting some samples mid to late next week in this area.
Aphids have been light all year in milo. The oldest is approaching black layer. The late planted milo is heading sporadically and we’ll probably have to treat late season.

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Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
7/24/2015 – Dry, hot weather is taking its toll on everything right now. The western counties I look at have not had a significant rain since June 23rd. Hattiesburg area received rains over the past three days with totals being from .1″ to 2.5″. Cotton is from 14th to 20 nodes with some acres at cutout. This heat has really got cotton in a hurry. Rains around Hattiesburg and surrounding counties truly saved this older cotton crop. Southern army worms are pretty consistent in some fields with a few fields being treated. Spider mites are present across the board with a few fields being treated. Plant bugs are still light and aphids are all but gone. Lots of bollworm moths being flushed with 10-15% eggs. No treatments yet but probably will next week.
Peanuts are holding their own and are progressing nicely. Spider mites are building quickly in 50% of acres and will receive treatments next week. Few worms but nothing at treatable levels.
Most weed work is finally over and just about all fields have lapped.
Soybeans are struggling with heat and lack of moisture. Loopers are beginning to build with a few brown stink bugs in the mix. Hopefully rains will come soon.
The little bit of grain sorghum I check is being treated for midge, aphids and worms.
Corn is for the most part done with exception of a few hundred acres that are at early dent.

Reporting from the South Delta is Billy Price, Charleston
7/22/2015 – Cotton ranges from 3 to 7 NAWF a lot of our crop has really good yield potential and the rest could be really good for dry land cotton. Most cotton has had 2 to 3 plant bug sprays and a lot of PGR’s have gone out. We started picking up eggs on bloom tabs Monday and have set up a good many acres to treat soon!
Corn in our area is done, just watching milk line and irrigating.
Soybeans look really good, the earlier the better. Insects have been light, only a few fields were hit a week ago for stink bugs. This week it seems like every pest is hitting these older beans. We could start harvest on dry land fields in mid-August. Beans range from R/5 to R/6.5, wheat beans are all over the board!
Milo is in the boot to milk stage, Sugarcane Aphids have hit us a few weeks ago but hits have been small. This week we found Sugarcane Aphids in fields that are in boot stage and about 30% head emergence and no application has gone out. Older milo has head worms showing up but low numbers, we all know what is ahead … high numbers.

Reporting from East Mississippi is Bert Falkner, West Point
7/22/2015 – Overall my area is dry with only scattered, isolated showers up to .7” with the exception of Noxubee County that received from ¾ to 1 ¼” last week.
Cotton is NAMF 4-9 with some still not blooming. We’re seeing some aphid flair and bollworm moths have been heavy for the past week but not seeing eggs yet. Plant bug numbers are still low and seeing only a few nymphs. We hit them hard early and that seems to have helped. We’re holding off PGR’s this week, even under the pivots. The number of nodes on plants is a concern. This west wind and high temps have slowed this crop down.
Corn is at R2-R5. We treated some this week at R3 for Southern rust and we’re irrigating wherever possible.
The majority of soybeans are from R2-R4. Fungicides are going out and picking up some Frogeye leaf spot in susceptible varieties. Also seeing some red crown rot in a few places.
Peanuts are 80 days and time for the 2nd white mold application – we’ll add something to it for leaf spot. Watering wherever possible. Peanuts have basically lapped. Insects are low and we’re cleaning up a scattering of weed escapes.
Milo is from head emergence to all stages of flowering. No midge treatments yet but we’ll be treating for SCA this week.
Overall the sweet potato crop is good. We got good establishment early, got them laid by with few weed escapes and better overall weed control than in the past. Insect pressure has been very light but we need a rain.

Reporting from the North Delta is Joseph Dean, Cleveland
7/23/2015 – Cotton is 18 to 20 Nodes and 5 to 6 NAWF. There is a mixture of plant bugs, aphids, spider mites and bollworm eggs in the field. Treating according to what we find in each field.
Corn varies from 60% milk line to black layer. Most all irrigation has been terminated now.
Beans vary from 7 nodes R1 to R6. Still cleaning up some stink bugs in some late R5s. Also spraying pod worms where they are at threshold. Bean leaf beetle numbers are increasing in places but not doing enough damage to justify treatment.
Milo varies from brown heads with a few kernels on tip at black layer to the youngest a week away from heading. Spraying midge, aphids and head worms where warranted. Rice varies from 2 inch joints to 100% headed with heads turned down. Spraying a few fields for stinkbugs.

Reporting from East Mississippi is Mitch LeFlore, Eupora
7-23-2015 – Cotton – All cotton is blooming. Blessed with several days of beneficial rain. Cotton will be ready for another shot of PGR after these rains. Insect number is low, but we know August is around the corner (and we know what happens then).
Soybeans – All older beans have received fungicide shots, and are setting pods. Wheats beans and later planted beans needed this rain. Insect pressure is low overall, except for a few loopers. We have had to treat kudzu bugs in localized areas for very high numbers.
Grain Sorghum – All milo is flowering or at soft dough stage. Treated midge last week, and started spraying worms this week. Low to medium sugarcane aphid numbers, have not treated any yet.
Peanuts – Peanuts are 45-80 days old. Treated for southern blight last week and expect to see more after rain this week.
Sweet Potatoes – Treated elongated flea beetles in several acres last week. Yellow stripe army worms are giving us fits in some fields, trying to defoliate the vines. We have treated some acres and expect to treat more.
Overall crop looks good.

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