Reporting from the North Delta is Billy Price, Charleston
8/21/2016 – Cotton opening fast, but a lot of rain and boll rot showing up. We are from three nodes to cut out, if we can pick this crop it will be a bumper. This week will wind up a good many acres of cotton. A lot of Besiege applied to BT cotton and will continue to do this in the future.
Corn is ready for harvest but waiting for ground to hold up and other fields to dry down, 90% at or past black layer.
Spraying peanuts for bollworms, army worms and hopefully last shot for white mold.
Soybeans are from R/4 to harvest aides already applied, nothing harvested yet, need dry weather soon!!
Reporting from East Mississippi is Ty Edwards, Water Valley
8/22/2016 – Cotton- We are in the process of terminating most fields from insecticides. Most will be done by the end of this week. Still a few fields with plant bug pressure in some small bolls that we feel like we can pick for a variety of reasons, but most is beyond that point. Bollworm pressure fell off from last week to almost nothing. Most fields have very few blooms left. Still seeing scattered fall armyworms, treated about 200 isolated acres for them today. Seeing some pockets of spider mites crash, while others seem to be thriving, even during this rainy weather. All in all, I’ve been pretty satisfied with the job the pyrethroids did on bollworms. Had to cleanup a handful of fields that had too many escapes. I also took some boll damage from diamide applications as well, so nothing is bulletproof. Crop is very good, but some of the earlier fields are going backwards fast if the rains don’t move out.
Soybeans- Very few beans have been desiccated none have been cut. Most are mid to late R5. Started picking up thresholds of loopers everywhere last week, and we’ve been trying to get something on them in most cases. Went ahead and pulled the trigger last week even though most larvae were small, mainly due to inclement weather, and to give growers ample time to get insecticides out. Some very early beans we have look horrible, maybe cut 30 bushels of shriveled up BB’s. Just didn’t have any moisture when they needed it. But all in all, the rest of the bean crop looks great.
Corn- No corn cut yet, but will begin cutting samples as soon as the weather clears.
Milo- We are basically waiting on the weather to clear to apply Roundup. We have not sprayed ANY aphids so far, and only one 40 acre field that has a large variety trial in it will receive Transform at desiccation, as a few of the varieties are getting heavy aphid pressure. Milo crop looks great.
Sweet Potatoes- Every row has been sprayed in the last 7 to 10 days for a combination of caterpillars. Flea beetle pressure seems to have subsided. Considering the rains we’ve had, the potato crop looks fantastic under there, it just needs to size up. We’ll probably do some sample digging by the end of the month.
Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
8/22/2016 – I will turn all cotton fields loose after this week with exception of 50 acres that was planted extremely late. Most fields are far enough along now that no other insecticide treatments will be recommended. Treating a few fields for stink bugs this week and that should wrap those up. Boll rot is evident in all fields I looked at today. Hopefully we can get a week of dry weather.
Peanuts are still in pretty good shape. Oldest Peanut field is 123 DAP today and looks like will only go another 10 days. A lot of 115 day old peanut fields today look 3 weeks away max. I will blast peanuts this Thursday to try to narrow that down but it looks to me like peanuts are definitely going to be early.
Loopers are beginning to build in soybean fields but not many fields at threshold yet. Beans are from 4.5 to 6.5. Rains have hit most soybeans just about right but aerial web blight has been rampant. Most fields have had a fungicide treatment. Very little corn harvested due to rains and high moisture.
Reporting from the North Delta is Joseph Dean, Cleveland
8/23/16 – All areas I check are full wet. We’ve had plenty of rain and need a break.
Cotton is bolled up to the top and is safe from insects. It was planted in April and has been trying to open up over the last 7-10 days. Every boll that has cracked has rotted or hard locked. We set an excellent load on the bottom 2/3 of the plant and had good yield potential. Hopefully the weather will clear and we will still be able to make a decent crop.
All of the corn I check is past black layer. Very little has been harvested as of today. Most people were planning on starting Monday but the unexpected rain delayed them again.
Beans range from early R5 to R7. Harvest aid is scheduled to go on some beans planted the first week of April when weather permits. These beans will have some quality issues. I am spraying loopers and stink bugs in places. Bean leaf beetles are building in north Bolivar County but are not doing enough damage to justify treatment.
I am draining more rice every week. Stinkbugs are at threshold in some of the May planted rice and are requiring treatment.
My first planted Milo has been sprayed with harvest aid and harvest started on it today. Last planted Milo should be ready for harvest aid next week. Sugar cane aphids have not been bad this year.
Reporting from the South Delta is Dee Boykin, Yazoo City
8/24/2016 – Corn – The corn crop is made and in the field waiting to be harvested. We haven’t harvested enough to get a handle on yield, but nothing has been horrible.
Cotton – The cotton crop still looks very good but we’re beginning to find more boll rot than we’d like to see. At this point, when questioned by growers and delivering the bad news, the response is “Well, I’ve rarely seen a good cotton crop without some boll rot”. We have set a heavy load of small bolls in the top in most fields, so hopefully the sun will come out and this will be the case again. We’re still “cleaning up” a few plant bugs to protect that top crop, but attempting to terminate insecticide applications. I think every field of cotton that we scout received one treatment of diamide and pyrethroid for bollworms this year. This was partially due to the lower than normal number of plant bug control applications in July. The latest problem is Leaf Spot in some areas that is causing shed of foliage in many fields as well as fruit shed in some. Here again, sunshine is the only remedy.
Soybeans – About half of our soybeans were planted after May 10th and they have enjoyed a very favorable growing season. Our earliest fields are close to ready for harvest and have some damage from excessive moisture. We opted out on the “seed quality” fungicide application on them and that was a mistake this year.
We had a flush of earworms, followed by loopers in late July and early August but they’ve slacked off lately. Stink bugs have built up in some fields and Bean Leaf Beetles have been spotted but hard to control where we’ve had to make an insecticide application. The majority of the soybeans are just reaching R6.5 or farther in maturity so things are beginning to wind down.
Reporting from the South Delta is Bryan Boyd, Edwards
8/24/2016 – Cotton- 2-5 nawf. Target spot is getting worse by the day. I am spraying some for plant bugs and bollworms this week.
Soybeans range from R5-R7. We are spraying loopers and stink bugs in a lot this week.
Peanuts are 98-110 days old and they look really good. Have some southern blight in spots but not horrible.