Please note that the first three reports were made prior to last weekend’s rains.
Reporting from north Delta is Tucker Miller, Drew
5/14/2015 – Cotton: Still planting today ( 5/14 ). Should finish Saturday. 90% of our cotton is planted and up. Putting on a true leaf now, with very low thrips pressure at this time. Weed control is our main focus now. Almost half our cotton emerged without a rain to activate our pre’s. Hope for some rain this weekend. Most all cotton looks good with few stand issues.
Corn : Corn ranges from 3 collard leaves to 7 collars. Stink bug damage has been spotty, see more damage than we see live bugs. Irrigating some corn to activate herbicide and fertilizer.
Soybeans : about finished planting. Oldest beans 4th trifoliate. See green clover worms and a few boll worms. Will make first herbicide apps after the rain, pre’s held pretty good so far .
Milo: Early planted milo 6 leaves, some just emerging. No insect problems yet.
Peanuts: peanuts are just emerging, finished planting.
Sweet corn: first planting tasseling now. Have started insect control and using pyrethroid plus Lannate. Starting to see Diamond backs in the collards. Cutting greens now.
Reporting from the north Delta is James Bowen, Boyle
5/14/2015 – Rice- is about 95 % planted. Most of the first of April planted rice is going to a flood. I have seen more Gramoxone drift on rice this year than I have ever seen. It’s not the Gramoxone I worry about. It’s what is being mixed with it. Gramoxone boundary is tough on rice I think it’s just as bad as round up at the right dose and can be worse.
Soybean- soybeans are anywhere from laying in dry dirt to r 1. A lot of beans have been planted in the last two weeks and haven’t had much rainfall to keep the pre’s working. A rain is much needed. To keep the beans growing and pre’s working.
Reporting from south Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
5/15/15–Cotton is probably 70% planted. Oldest cotton has two true leaves, most just up. Thrips are at threshold in isolated areas but no treatments have been made as of yet. Rains yesterday were from .1″ to 1″ around the Hattiesburg area. These rains should ensure a cotton stand. Some fields had a lot of seed sitting in dry dirt that were not going to come up without a rain.
Corn is from just planted to V-10. One grower finished planting yesterday.
Soybeans are from in the sack to V-7. Have picked up a few bollworms, cabbage loopers, and yellow stripes this week but none at treatable levels. Kudzu bugs are building to pretty high levels around edges especially on earliest planted beans. No treatments have been made as of now.
Peanuts are 60% planted and stand is looking really good. Rains helped in places but as of now, stand look as good as they have looked in a long time. No issues at this time.
Update from Trey Bullock after weekend rains:
5/18/2015 – Rainfall totals since Friday (including today-5/18/2015) are from 1.5 to 4.5. Planters have been shutdown since Friday around noon.