The Governor’s Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task Force will host an Irrigation and Water Conservation Summit at the Capps Center in Stoneville, Miss. on December 10th from 9:30 a.m. – 3:20 p.m. The event will begin with a general session followed by five breakout sessions, each with five concurrent presentations. Producers, landowners, consultants, natural resource professionals and other interested parties may choose which presentation to attend during each breakout session. After the second breakout session, another general session will be held as lunch is served before resuming breakout sessions at 1 p.m.
The initial General Session will include introductory remarks by Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.
Dr. Jason Krutz, Mississippi State University Irrigation Specialist, will then present results from the 2014 MSU RISER Program. Kay Whittington, Director of the Office of Land and Water Resources at the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, will discuss Task Force progress during lunch.
Eleven different presentations will be offered during the 5 Breakout Sessions. Presentations will include:
1. Maximizing Irrigation Efficiency in Rice
2. Maximizing Furrow Irrigation Efficiency in Corn, Cotton and Soybeans
3. Economics of Irrigation, Conservation and Water Availability
4. Using the New, Free Pipe Planner from Delta Plastics
5. Pump Performance to Increase Irrigation Efficiency
6. Cover Crops to Maximize Available Soil Water
7. Automated Irrigation Systems
8. Proper Use of Surge Values
9. Use of Meters as a Conservation Tool
10. Signing Up for NRCS Irrigation Management Practices
11. Maximizing Pivot Performance
Breakout session speakers will include professionals from Mississippi State University, University of Arkansas, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, YMD Joint Water Management District, Delta Plastics, and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Farmers will also be coupled with several of the speakers to share their experiences related to the subject matter being discussed. Breakout sessions will be offered twice during the day.
Lunch will be provided to those attending the event, but no registration is required. All producers, landowners, consultants, natural resource professionals and other interested parties are welcome to attend.
42nd MACA Annual ConferenceFebruary 3-4, 2015 Bost Ext. Center Mississippi State University
Consultant CommentaryConsultant Commentary – Up-to-Date Information from Mississippi’s Crop Professionalsby Carol Bullard on May 20, 2014
Reporting from the South Delta is Bryan Kennedy, Yazoo City
5/19/2014- We’ve been getting a lot of V4 to V6 corn tissue samples in the lab. Most have been low on Nitrogen and some showing Zn deficiencies. As a reminder after V4 only pull the most recently matured leaf to get an accurate sample.
Last week growers were just getting into full gear when they were shut down by the rains. We expect by the end of this week to have all crops in the ground.
Reporting from the South Delta is Haley Easley, Greenwood
5-19-2014 – Majority of all crops are planted and most up except few soybeans and cotton acres. Corn ranges from just emerged to waist high. Not much going on in insect world except for bollworms in corn and beans but not at threshold. Sprayed a few cotton acres for cutworms this week and thrips are starting to increase. Corn is off to the races trying to get fertilizer and herbicide out and then start irrigation.
Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
5-20-2014 – Replant decisions has been the main topic for the last 10 days. Several hundred acres of cotton have been replanted over the weekend and several hundred acres of peanuts are still questionable. We seem to be able to plant a lot of acres in a hurry which is a good thing but it can also be a bad thing when 4.5″ falls in about 3 hours.
Corn is from V-2 to V-9 and is finally getting over all rain. Herbicides and nitrogen apps are almost complete.
Peanuts are all struggling to make a stand. The best field I have looked at has about 4.5 seed/ft.
I think most fields that were planted 12-15 days ago will have a stand that we will live with but peanuts are going to be emerging over a long period which makes some decisions difficult, especially harvest decisions. All plantings over the weekend through this coming week should be in lots better shape. Peanuts planted Saturday were sprouted yesterday (Monday) morning.
Cotton is from in the sack up to 4 true leaves. Thrips have been non-existent until yesterday. No fields were at treatable levels but really picked up. Also in thrips check knocking off a lot of yellowstriped army worms.
I don’t have a lot of soybeans planted right now but where they are there are bollworms at some level in all fields except from Hattiesburg, South.
Wheat is drying down fast. Wheat looks really good, but most fields had the river flowing through it at some point in time so yields will be cut drastically in a lot of acres.
Reporting from East Mississippi is Bert Falkner, West Point
5-20-2014 – Wheat is starting to turn and in the soft dough stage. Crop is average, which is good considering the winter it went through. Seeing armyworms low in the canopy but have not treated any at this time. Harvest date beginning around June 10th.
Soybeans range from not planted to V3-V4 but majority of acres just being planted. Some growers are just getting back in the field today after last week’s rains of up to 2¼ “.
All corn has been planted and a little replanted with the majority of acres at V4 growth stage. Right now we’re side dressing and making herbicide applications. Milo being planted now and a little up to V2 stage.
In cotton, we’re about 70% planted with the majority just emerging or in some cases, trying to emerge. Seedling disease not bad and plenty of thrips. Mainly we’re just trying to finish planting.
Insects remain low in all crops as of now.
Reporting from the North Delta is David Dubard, Cleveland
5-20-2014 – All of my client’s cotton has been planted and is up with the oldest being in the 2-leaf stage. Thrips pressure is heavier this week than last week but still not at treatable levels as seed treatments are still holding.
Our corn is a better stand than last year and is from V8 – V10 growth stage. We’ll probably start watering next week. Bollworm pressure is heavier in conventional corn this year than in 2013 but I have not treated any yet.
Wheat is starting to turn and should be harvesting some in 2 weeks. I’m picking up a few armyworms but it looks like we can out run them at this late date. No fungicides treatments were made on any of the wheat I consult on this spring.
Soybeans are still being planted with many different growth stages area wide. Finding a few bollworms but not worried about them at this time. Our main concern in all crops at this time is weed management.Consultant Commentary – Up-to-Date Information from Mississippi’s Crop Professionalsby Carol Bullard on May 16, 2014
Reporting from East Mississippi is Phillip McKibben, Maben
5/15/2014 – This wheat crop could end up the best we’ve had in years, which is amazing considering what it looked like coming out of the winter. We are mid-grainfill.
Our corn crop is V6-V8 mostly, and finally getting the color and vigor that we want to see.
Sorghum is all planted, most has emerged without problem, but some of our planters and drills weren’t exactly spot-on with seed spacing (or depths). We are a little disappointed with populations on one particular grower.
Most of our cotton is planted, about half is up to a stand, and the rest should be fine.
Thrips already present over a large area; we’re watching them closely. Also, spider mites are showing up on one farm, which was planted to cotton last year. Go figure.
We have about 75% of our ‘early’ beans planted; most have emerged without issue, though we have some thin spots where water stood after rains.
Sweet potato ground is probably 70% rowed up, ready to plant, which is where we’d like to be mid-May. Plant beds are thick and healthy.
All in all, we’re really optimistic right now… something is bound to happen.
Reporting from the North Delta is Will Price, Oakland
5-15-2014 – Have had a lot of progress made over the last 10 days to 2 weeks, but glad to have this recent rain. Many farmers shallowed up their planting depth expecting rain last Saturday, and needed this rain yesterday to fill in stand gaps. We are probably about 80-85% planted in our area.
Corn: Finishing up corn post emergence applications and fertilizer applications.
Wheat: Finding Armyworms in numerous fields, but not a lot of flag leaf damage and no heads clipped. Also, we are seeing dead Armyworms from what appears to be disease.
Reporting from the South Delta is Steele Robbins, Greenwood
5-15-2014 – We are essentially done with corn and soybean planting and off to a good start. There have been some pythium seedling disease problems in some of the early beans that were planted in cool conditions, and into heavy soils before Easter; but there haven’t been any issues yet with the later planted beans. Only issue so far with corn is a little steadfast burn, but that is mainly aesthetic and plants are growing well now. Cotton in our area is between 80 and 90% planted and of those planted acres 90% emerged. Cotton that is up looks good and is growing well.
Reporting from the North Delta is James Bowen, Boyle
5-16-2014 – Rice it’s about 80-90 percent planted. Some of the first planted rice is close to being able to flood. Most of the rice ranges from just planted ahead of the rain to about 4 leaf. It’s been tough trying to get fields sprayed due to the wind and neighboring crops. Rainfall totaled anywhere from .5-1.5 inches.
Soybeans- range from still in the bag to about v-2. Most of the fields got a pre-emerge down for pigweed – before or behind the planter. This crop is off to a good start.
Reporting from the North Delta is Tucker Miller, Drew
5-16-2014 – Cotton – most of our cotton has been planted. We still have maybe a thousand acres to plant .Thrips have been very low thus far. Most cotton has had residual pre-emergent herbicides applied and received some rain to activate. Oldest cotton has two true leaves with most just coming to a stand. Starting weed control apps now.
Corn – most corn is in the 5–6 collar leaf stage. Doing everything in corn now, fertilizing, spraying, and running middles out to lay poly pipe. Stink bugs have been low and spotty. See quite a few bollworms in the whorls of the non- Bt refuge.
Soybeans – oldest soybeans have three trifoliates. Still have some acres to plant, some ground was re worked and was without moisture. Most beans had pre-emergent herbicides at planting. Use mostly Gramoxone and Boundary with good results. Have seen more bollworms in the beans than usual. This may be a bollworm year.
Peanuts – most just coming to a stand.
Milo – most just coming to a stand. No insect problems yet.
Wheat – sprayed about half our wheat for army worms this week. Just getting to the milk stage.
Tucker submitted several photos. Click on photos to enlarge.