Reporting from the North Delta is Justin George, Merigold
8/26/2014 – Beans: harvest aid is going out on early beans. Had two growers cutting yesterday and yields were excellent (4/12 planted 4632s). Some “early” harvest aid attempts being made to try for August Delivery. Stinkbugs and beetles are increasing in green Group IVs, but not going to need to treat. Picked up my first loopers last week in mid-May planted beans.
Corn: just beginning to cut today
Milo: we have been on top of Sugarcane Aphid, but in some blocks it’s hard to tell who is winning. Most fields have had two shot of spray. Hoping to Kill some milo first of next week.
Rice: someone sampled 729 yesterday and it was 30% moisture. 80% drained. Blast is easy to find in late planted (5/25-6/19) planted Rex, thankfully not many acres of that.
Everyone seems anxious to get started with harvest, but also about what to plant next year. All of the sudden $5 corn and $12 beans sounds good compared to what’s being offered.
Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
8/26/2014 – Later planted cotton fields have received treatments for worms, plant bugs, and stink bugs. Stink bugs finally showed up, not in extremely high numbers but enough to treat for. Hattiesburg area received a little rain in past week but areas that were so dry missed rains. Lots of cotton opening and will probably defoliate a few fields at the end of this week.
Soybeans are from R3 to R8. Stink bugs are being treated in most fields this week with few fields getting treatments for loopers and VBC.
Peanuts are from 80 to 115 days old. Spider mites are building in fields that have not received any rain and treatments have gone out in several fields over the weekend. I will probably check some older peanuts for maturity at the end of the week, mainly where it has been so dry to make sure nuts are not turning loose in the hull. Leps are still very low.
Corn harvest is in full swing. All I’m hearing is corn yields are good but down a little in the Hattiesburg area.
Reporting from East Mississippi is Ty Edwards, Water Valley
8/26/2014 – Cotton- We are in the middle of another significant bollworm egg lay. Considering the leakage we’ve seen through the BG II and the pyrethroids, we’re spraying most cotton. We’ve got a little acreage that is considered “safe” at this point, but unfortunately, that’s not much. I’ve got a feeling this will be the last time through most of it except for maybe mites. Part of my area got a quality rain a night ago, and we’ve watered most everything one last time. Crop as a whole is excellent, with virtually no “weak spots”. Beginning to see regular open bolls in the oldest cotton and around edges. Plant bugs have been absent for about 10 days now.
Soybeans- All the early beans are done. Some have been desiccated and cut, with yields holding up well so far. We should get into a better bean crop shortly. The ONE field of wheat beans I have is at R3, and actually looks amazing considering they’re dry land and the heat they’ve been through recently. We had a ton of stink bugs make a run at us during late R5, mostly in the hills. We never put any insecticide out with fungicides, so we cleaned a lot of them up. Most of them are at R7 or close to it. We’ve got a few very small fields we never put any fungicides for “test plots”, and the frogeye pretty much killed them. We’ve got some fields in several counties I work where we catch kudzu bugs pretty regularly now. Not heavy numbers, but the kudzu close by is lousy with them.
Corn- All corn is black layered and drying down. Had one field that barely outran the southern rust, but it didn’t hurt us.
Milo- We’ve got some that has been chlorated, and we’ve been putting Transform out with all of our “kill shots” so they won’t run up into the head. Most of our milo that is actually the first application for aphids this year. The beneficials moved into most milo where we didn’t spray for midge and WIPED OUT the aphids. The few fields we had to treat for midge, we’re just trying to prevent them from being train wrecks at this point.
Beneficials are everything with this pest. Crop looks outstanding. We should have the majority of it cut within a couple of weeks.
Potatoes- We’ve got some fields that are basically ready to dig. They’ve been out a little over 90 days, were planted on 16″ spacings, and have had ample moisture. However, we can’t seem to jump through enough H2A loopholes to get some labor here to dig them. Bugs have been light for the most part, although we did clean up a good many fields recently for a variety of insects.