Governor’s Task Force to Host Water Conservation Summit

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.

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

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
9/23/2013 – All cotton has been terminated from insecticides at this point and picking started this past weekend. More picking will begin this week and defoliation is going out every day.
Peanut harvest started yesterday and digging is ongoing. I still have some acres that will receive fungicide treatments and will be treated for insects if needed.
Earliest soybeans are at R5.8. Most beans are done to cut. Yields have been excellent so far and expect them to continue to be. VBC are getting fairly heavy in some late beans. I will look back on today to make treatment decisions.
I still have one grower harvesting corn.

Reporting from the North Delta is Ed Whatley, Clarksdale
9/23/2013 – Terminated all fields. Cotton defoliated or being defoliated. Harvest continues; Corn – complete, Milo – complete, Soybeans – 30-40% complete. Yields are excellent. We have truly been blessed with this crop.

Reporting from East Mississippi is Bert Falkner, West Point
9/23/2014 – We’re defoliating a lot of cotton this week, with some taking 2 shots. The weather has been perfect for defoliating. Picking has begun but no handle on yields yet.
I’m still keeping an eye on the wheat beans. We’ve defoliated more beans this year than in the past. Yields are ranging from 45-55 bu./a. Those dry land bean acres that missed some rains will be less.
Corn Harvest is 90% complete. We’ve had extremely good yields on dry land and irrigated acres.
Peanut digging started but was stopped because it was too dry. After a rain last Thursday digging resumed. Haven’t started combining any yet.
Our sweet potato set is good but size is not due to dry weather. Some growers are delaying harvest to try and get more size.
In ground moisture sensors are the best technology I’ve worked with in a long time – great tool!

Reporting from the South Delta is Nick King, Yazoo City
9/23/2014 – This crop is coming to an end. I am still defoliating cotton and checking some wheat beans. Our cotton is behind where we are normally and the bulk of our cotton is getting defoliated the end of the week or first of next week with its first shot. The wheat beans are starting to turn and insect pressure is low. We started digging our peanuts a week ago and our growers have started harvesting this week. Our peanuts are coming off about 10-14 day earlier than we have been in the past.

Reporting from the South Delta is Jason Grafton, Madison
9/24/2014 – Most of the corn crop has been harvested. What remains left continues to be a good crop. We are pretty deep into the soybean harvest as well. Yields have held steady at really good to excellent. We are still making rounds on a few fields of wheat beans but should let them go next week. Initial report on cotton harvest is excellent. This is based on a small amount of acres but it’s a good start. Prior to this week little defoliant has gone out. This week is not the case. Everyone is ready to GO. We should start digging peanuts next week.

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

Reporting from East Mississippi is Phillip McKibben, Maben
9/16/2014 – Things are finally starting to unwind for us.
We’re about 70% finished harvesting a really good corn crop (some of it was exceptional), 40% finished harvesting our early beans, starting to cut milo, and now we’re defoliating our earliest cotton and digging sweet potatoes.
Loopers really built in our wheat beans and they were all treated within the past two weeks. Treatments are still holding fine. We also had stinkbugs moving into the latest soybeans, but removed them with the same treatments. Kudzu bugs remained a non-issue for us this year; we saw one.
Sweet potatoes will require our attention for at least another month, but the acreage will decrease weekly, easing the load of scouting. Cutworms will remain our greatest threat, but we’re right at the start of the fall emergence of Sugarcane beetles, and the prospect of their arrival nags constantly. Harvest is the only cure for that malady when it occurs.
***Sweet potatoes – eat more… you will live longer, be happier, have better eyesight, fight cancer, increase your stamina, and even stay regular. How do you beat that for .79 per pound??

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
9/16/2014 – Defoliation has picked up this week and last. Picking would have started last Thursday but rains and cloudy weather have delayed progress. Today we have a 60% chance of rain but tomorrow we get into a better forecast. Defoliation reports have gone out and a lot of acres should have first shot by Friday.
A few peanuts were being dug yesterday and more will be ready by the end of this week. Youngest peanuts are 100 days old and are still getting fungicide treatments. A few fields have VBC but none at treatment levels as of yesterday.
I have a few soybean fields that have to be protected but insects are pretty low with exception of a few fields that are receiving treatments for loopers and VBC. Stink bugs are very low. Most fields are safe from insects at this point.

Reporting from the South Delta is Andy Tonos, Greenville
9/17/2015 – The last bit of corn has been harvested. Yields were great! In a lot of cases the dry land did equivalent or some better than the irrigated. Soybean yields have been great also. Spraying the last few fields for stink bugs. Doing good bit of sodium chlorate to keep things going on a few farms. Rice yields so far have been good also still good bit of beans and rice left to harvest. Will start defoliating cotton in a week or so. Things are winding down. I’m sure everyone is glad – I know I am!
P.S. – Allen McKnight returned back to work the last few days and is doing well.

Reporting from the South Delta is Trent LaMastus, Cleveland
9/17/2014 – The last of the corn I check will be harvested by the end of this week. From 35-40% of my cotton has been defoliated and it looks like this crop is extremely good to excellent.
Still taking care of a couple thousand acres of wheat beans, recently sprayed for stinkbugs and loopers. Harvested soybean yields range from very good to excellent.
Sugar cane aphids crashed in milo which is about a week away from harvest.
I started soil sampling yesterday.

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

Reporting from the North Delta is Joe Townsend, Coahoma
9/8/2015 – Corn yields are very high this year. Most milo fields are being cut now or just before being cut, with unbelievable yields. Cotton is all but finished and looking good. We will probably start defoliating some fields next week. Early beans are being harvested with generally good yields being reported. We have had to spray some of the late beans for stink bugs and heavy loopers.

Reporting from the South Delta is Herbert Jones, Leland
9/8/2015 – Season about over. Still looking and spraying some wheat beans. Defoliating my first fields of cotton today. A lot of cotton will not be ready to defoliate until the first of October. Sprayed youngest cotton last week and probably won’t spray it again.

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
Cotton is winding up. A few fields will be ready to pick by the weekend and more fields have been defoliated over the weekend and will be defoliated this week. The biggest bulk will be ready next week. We’ve had some storms at the end of last week that laid some of our better cotton down. Defoliation apps have worked well.
Soybeans are from R5 to done. Some beans being desiccated this week. 100 acres was cut last week and yield was somewhere around 70. Loopers and velvet bean caterpillars are being treated this week as well as some older beans being treated for stink bugs, mainly around dried down corn fields.
Peanuts are from 95 to 128 days after planting. A few fields will be dug first of next week. A few fields have spider mites but hopefully recent rains are helping that situation. A few fields have been treated and seemed to have worked well. Garden flea hoppers are heavy in some fields but caterpillars are low. Bulk of peanuts will be ready in 14 days. Peanut crop looks pretty good. Late leaf spot is present in some fields with a few fields pretty bad. Some of these fields have 30 days to maturity and will have to be watched close over the next few weeks. “Rescue” treatments have been applied and we hope to keep enough leaves on to mature peanuts.

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

Reporting from the South Delta is Billy Bryant, Greenwood
9/2/2014 – Very little spraying in BGII cotton over the last 3 weeks except in the youngest – excellent worm control in BGII cotton. Have treated 100% of WideStrike cotton in the past 7 days for bollworm except those acres that have cut out. April planted cotton will start being defoliated Thursday (9/4) and the oldest May planted will start next week. Our cotton crop looks really strong with hardly any weak spots – a really good crop.
Late May/June planted soybeans and wheat beans have all been treated for soybean looper in the last 7 days – anything green. A few acres approaching maturity have had to treat for stinkbugs with in the past 2 weeks and a small percentage of late G4 in mid-August. Group 3.9-4.2 have been harvested with yields 10 bu. above average.
Corn is 60-70% harvested. On sandy soils yields are above average, on light mixed soils yields are average, on heavy mixed soils yields are below average and on gumbo soils yields are terrible (thankfully there’s not much gumbo corn around). Soil with more clay content stayed waterlogged all summer long. The corn on cotton soils is outstanding.
All’s quite in peanuts right now. I’m seeing a little Southern blight but it’s had no negative affect. Fungicides have been applied in a timely manner. We may start digging in about 20 days. We’ve had no insect issues this season. Last week’s rains are still helping these peanuts.
Milo was treated with Prevathon 3 weeks ago and still no surviving worms. Sugar cane aphids are increasing but still staying low in the plant. They are as bad now as they’ve been all season. We treated about 3 weeks ago with Transform and they might need another shot. We hope we can cut this milo without the use of harvest aids to prevent another SC aphid treatment.

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
9/2/2014 – Cotton has pretty much slowed way down for me. Either waiting to defoliate or it has been so dry that most of the fruit that we would be protecting has fallen off. Fifty percent of fields have open bolls and I only have 270 acres that I will still be protecting.
Rains over the weekend were very beneficial on peanuts. .5 to .75″ was kind of the general rainfall amount, but will go a long way on maturing peanuts. I will be blasting a few fields today to try to determine digging date.
Soybeans are from R5 to done. Loopers and VBC are in isolated fields and a few treatments have gone out in the last week.
Corn harvest has slowed to a turtle’s pace due to isolated showers.

Reporting from the North Delta is Lauren Green, Greenwood
9/5/2014 – Corn harvest is starting to wind down. Yields have been well above average on all our well drained soils. Sorghum harvest has started in places. Sugarcane aphids are crashing in places due to beneficials and other places will need a treatment at desiccant. Yields so far seem to be good. Soybean harvest is also underway with yields being exceptionally good. We are still desiccating fields while trying to work around all of the pop-up showers. Late beans and wheat beans have loopers showing up in them. We have treated a few fields this week for them. Stink bugs, bean leaf beetles, and alfalfa hoppers numbers are also picking up. Late planted cotton received last shot of insecticide at the first of week and older cotton has been opening up good in the last couple weeks.

Reporting from the South Delta is Virgil King, Lexington
9/4/2014 – At this time our cotton is changing fast. Most of our cotton is safe from insects. We do have some late planted cotton that will have to go into October with good weather to finish. This cotton was planted in mid-June and has given up problems all summer. Over all insect pressure has been lighter than usual.
Many of our soybeans are past any treatment at this time. We are having to watch the wheat beans close. We are treating loopers and stink bugs in them. Our old milo is finished and we are trying to get harvest aids out on it. Aphids have given us trouble in all our milo. We have been able to keep them under control and at this time we have very little pressure in it. Our late June milo has been treated for worms in last two weeks and will just have to see how aphid control lasts in it.
Our peanut crop continues to look good. We just got out what we think will be our last fungicide application. Over all we have had very little insect pressure in them this year. We feel like our peanut crop will come off earlier than we expected. We could be digging some in next three weeks.

Reporting from East Mississippi is Bert Falkner, West Point
9/5/2014 – Corn harvest is not in full swing yet – last weekend’s rain slowed it down. So far, dry land yields have been excellent and irrigated some higher.
Soybean harvest is just getting started – will desiccate some soon. Rain over the weekend really helped later planted beans. Insect pressure remains light with a few BLB and scattered loopers. Just finished with fungicides on wheat beans.
Peanuts are now 115-120 days old and the last fungicide treatment has gone out. We usually start digging around 150 days but this year it could be sooner – 140-145 days.
We’ve just started digging sweet potatoes but no handle on yields yet.
Recent rains were also beneficial to help finish out our cotton crop. We will start a little defoliation next week, more acres in 2 weeks and a lot in 3 weeks.

Reporting from the North Delta is Chris Adams, Winona
9/5/2014 – Everything about this crop is about over for me other than a few late soybean and cotton fields. Corn and Bean yields have been excellent and it looks like cotton may be, too.

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

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.

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Irrigation Termination Turnrow Talks – August 26, 2014

Learn When to Terminate Irrigation

Plan to attend an upcoming Irrigation Termination Turnrow Talk sponsored by the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board, Mississippi State University (MSU) Extension Service and stakeholder organizations of the Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task Force.

Mississippi State University (MSU) irrigation specialist Jason Krutz, Ph.D., and MSU soybean specialist Trent Irby, Ph.D., will show Mississippi soybean farmers how to determine the right time to end irrigation in their fields. They will demonstrate how to determine when it is the right time to stop irrigating fields based on portable and permanent soil-moisture sensors and the plant’s physiology.

Mark your calendar for Aug. 26 to attend an Irrigation Termination Turnrow Talk at the following locations. Call the local extension office for more information and directions.

The following location and times for meetings are as follows:

Tuesday, August 26, 2015

9:00 a.m., Tunica County
Richie Bibb farm
Extension phone: 662-363-2911 – for more information and directions

1:00 p.m., Washington County
Delta Research and Extension Center, Stoneville
Extension phone: 662-686-9311 – for more information and directions

4:00 p.m., Leflore County
Reese Pillow farm
Extension phone: 662-392-8158 – for more information and directions

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

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
8/19/2014 – Cotton is from 5 NAWF to blooming out the top to a few fields with open bolls. Dry weather has persisted in some areas and really taken its toll on cotton fields while other areas can’t seem to miss a rain. Bollworms have been the hot topic in the last 7 days and treatments have been going out. Plant bugs and stink bugs have really picked up so far this week. I have let go of a few fields and will be turning a few more loose this week. Cotton looks pretty good with exception of areas that have been extremely dry and can’t get a rain.
Peanuts are from 90 to 110 days old. Bollworms are in isolated fields but no treatments are going out yet. Peanuts are receiving irrigation for the last time unless it continues to stay dry. We will only water after this last irrigation to keep peanuts from getting extremely dry. Disease is beginning to show up a little more but we are still in pretty good shape.
Soybeans are from R1 to R7. Loopers and VBC are showing up as well as a few stink bugs but still erratic and from field to field. Nothing really across the board.
Corn harvest is slowly getting started. No one has cut a lot. All I have heard so far is it is good. Haven’t heard any numbers on yield. Scattered showers have kind of put harvest at a standstill but should pick back up today.

Reporting from the South Delta is Haley Easley, Greenwood
8/19/2014 – Corn is done and harvest has begun in places. Stinkbug pressure in beans is lower than usual for R5/R6 stage. Only insect concern now is a few hot spots of BLB. All later planted beans received treatments for bollworms and have remained relatively clean. We’ll be cleaning up this early planted cotton for plant bugs and stink bugs for the last time soon.
White mold is present in all peanut fields and we’re treating for it now. We’re about 30 days from digging. Have had no insect pressure this year.

Reporting from the North Delta is Ray Chacon, Cleveland
8/19/2014 – Starting corn harvest today. Early planted soybeans are drying down – treated wheat beans for BLB using 1# acephate – good control. Peanuts have had no insect or disease treatments this season.
Cotton is winding down – 2 weeks or so of scouting left. We’ve been on a 12 day plant bug schedule and have sprayed for bollworms twice so far. All crops look good with a strong potential.

Reporting from East Mississippi is Bert Falkner, West Point
8/19/2014 – Most corn is at black layer and drying down. Some dry land corn harvest has started, although moisture is high – hearing pretty good yields.
Peanuts are at 100 days. I’ve got 2 white mold applications out and may make another at 110 days. Insect pressure remains low. I believe our crop has potential.
The R53/4 and R6, G4 soybeans are starting to turn. Overall insects are very low. Waiting for next week for a looper run but not seeing moths. Need one more rain to finish them up. Wheat beans are from V7 to R1/R2. All later planted beans have received 1 app for armyworms and some have 2 apps.
Early planted cotton is 0-2 NAWF. I’ve seen 1 open boll on late April cotton on 30” rows in the prairie. Cleaning up these fields now for plant bugs and stink bugs. Later planted cotton is 3-5 NAWF and has been recently sprayed for plant bugs and stink bugs – adults and nymphs. Mixed pix in on some of this later planted cotton. We have a good fruit load and good potential but will need another rain where we can’t irrigate.
Sweet potatoes are at about 90 days. The set looks good as far as we can tell and may possibly start digging some of the older potatoes next week to take advantage of pricing. Insect pressure has been fairly low but have had nematode problems.
We’re watering everything except corn where we can. Peanuts, sweet potatoes and wheat beans still have a ways to go.

Reporting from the North Delta is David Dubard, Cleveland
8/19/2014 – Corn has been terminated and harvest has started – yields are good. Early planted soybeans have been terminated and receiving harvest aids this week. Insect pressure very light in later planted beans.
Plant bugs pressure light to moderate in cotton. Big bollworm flight in BGII cotton – seemed to be a little worse in WideStrike cotton. We should be defoliating some in 2 weeks.

Tim Richards, Yazoo City, shows off one of the many, although fairly uncommon, uses for a sweep net (weapon) in this photo. Check it out!. Click image to enlarge.

Cottonmouth - Tim Richards - 8'14

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Reporting from the North Delta is Tucker Miller, Drew
Cotton — most of our cotton is at NAWF 5 or less. We got watered around last week, and received scattered rains the last couple of days. Insects have been light to moderate. Plant bugs have been low in most places with a few hot spots. The aphids crashed this last week. Boll worm egg lay has been low, but steady. We are making our second Prevathon app on our non-Bt cotton now. Pyrethroids have been added on all our sprays on Bollgard cotton and seem to have prevented much boll damage. I always GET nervous this time of year worrying about worms in Bt cotton. We have been noticing some bacterial blight and are very concerned. (See photo at bottom of reports)
Soybeans — a good portion of our beans are maturing rapidly. Insect pressure in these beans was very low. We only had to spray a few places for stink bugs. Our wheat beans are another story. We sprayed most of these last week with Intrepid Edge, Besiege, and Belt for bollworm. Still have some spots not blooming that will require a treatment soon.
Corn — harvest has started in a few locations, but is not wide open yet. All irrigation has been terminated. No yield reports yet.
Milo – sugar cane aphid has been the main problem. We sprayed most of our acres and got good results, but may have to treat again next week. Still have some milo that is not headed out.
Peanuts — got some needed rain the past few days. Will be making our second white mold app. this next week. Had to spray more army worms and a few bollworms last week.
Veggies — still no problem with the Diamond backs like we had last year. Still setting transplants so we still are in harm’s way. We have been on a strict spray schedule which has been working well this year.

Reporting from the South Delta is Jason Grafton, Madison
8/11/2014 – Soybeans- We have been spraying R3–R4 beans for bollworms and armyworms. Stinkbugs and loopers have been picking up in R6 beans. Overall, I think the soybean crop is really good.
Cotton-Last week we sprayed a lot of fields for FAW’s. Plant bugs have been moderate in most places, heavy in a few spots. Still picking up a few scattered bollworms. Spider mites, so far have been manageable. Where the cotton is good it’s really Good! And where it’s bad…. well, I feel like the good is going to make up for the bad.
Milo- Sprayed for white sugarcane aphids over the weekend. I’ll look at them on Wednesday. On all accounts so far sounds like I may be disappointed.

Reporting from the South Delta is Bruce Pittman, Coila
8/11/2014 – April planted cotton bolling up and will probably treat it one more time for plant bugs. For all other ages of cotton will be playing it by ear for the rest of the season. Plant bugs have been steady but not bad. I’ve experienced some slippage on BollGard II cotton but damage looks about normal – 3-5%.
The majority of my soybean crop is at R6.5 – R7.0 and has not received any treatments since fungicide at R3-R4. The later planted crop (wheat beans, replants) has had an application over the last 10 days for armyworm and bollworms.
Milo received an application of 1 oz. Transform for sugarcane aphid seven days ago and I expect a follow-up shot this week. Also applied Besiege at ¾ heading.
Peanuts are from 90-100 days from planting and just received Bravo WeatherStik plus Vive for leaf spot. We’ve been on a disease regiment since day 45. Future treatments from now on will be dictated by insect and disease pressure.

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
8/12/2014 – Cotton is form 6-2 NAWF. Found a few open bolls yesterday on some deep sand that has been extremely dry. We have gotten rain in most areas over the weekend that totaled .4 to 3″. In the dryer areas a lot of boll cavitation and fruit shed has taken place in the last 7-10 days. Plant bugs are still very isolated and stink bugs are picking up.
Peanuts are from 70 to 100 days old. White mold is showing up, especially where it has been dry and finally got rains. TSWV is worse than I have seen in a long time. Worms are still light in peanuts. Garden flea hoppers are at pretty high numbers in all fields. No treatments for insects going out at this time.
Soybeans are from R1 to R7. Fields that were treated for aerial web blight 3 weeks ago are getting another fungicide app this week – mainly fields where we had to go out early. Loopers, VBC, and a few stink bugs are showing up in beans. Will probably be spraying some later beans next week.

Reporting from Northeast Mississippi is Homer Wilson, Fulton
8/12/2014 – We were the driest this area has been from July 22 to August 7. Since August 7th we have received 1.5 to 3.2 inches of rain. Need sun and heat now.
Cotton; looks very good even with some weather shed. Crop is about 2 weeks behind in development. We are still running some PGR and spraying some spotty plant bugs. Most of our cotton is 1 to 3 NAWF. No worm pressure.
Soybeans; wheat beans sure look better after the rain. We have had some heavy FAW infestations and all wheat beans have been sprayed, some twice. Old beans are R6 to 6.5 and look good.
Corn; harvest will begin week of 18th. Looks good- We are anxious.

Bacterial blight on cotton leaves and bolls. Photo from Tucker Miller. Click on image to enlarge.
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Consultant Commentary – Up-to-Date Information from Mississippi’s Crop Professionals

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
8/6/2014 – Cotton around the Hattiesburg area has gone backwards with no rain this week. It’s kind of disheartening when you have 40-50% chance of rain for 10 days straight and get no rain. Cotton has shed a bunch of fruit this week due to zero moisture. Spider mites have been treated in a few more fields and a few fields treated for bollworms. Plant bugs are pretty hard to find other than a few nymphs. Most cotton is 2-5 NAWF and a few fields will have an open boll in 7-10 days. Youngest cotton was at 1st bloom this week.
Peanuts are beginning to show signs of drought stress, especially older fields that have a big load of peanuts. White mold is still real light but I am picking up a few hits this week. TSWV is worse than I have ever seen and plants are dying in isolated spots from it. Spider mites have popped up in a few fields and a field or two have been spot treated. Garden flea hoppers are also very heavy in some fields.
Soybeans are from R1 to R6.5. Loopers and VBC are beginning to show up but nothing too heavy as of yesterday. Stink bugs are still unusually light and almost nonexistent. Aerial web blight has been rampant from the Pearl River back east towards Collins and south towards Wiggins. Beans as young as V4 have been have been treated.
Corn is mostly drying down with a few fields 14 days away from black layer.

Reporting from East Mississippi is Phillip McKibben, Maben
8/7/2014 – Things are beginning to wind down in our neck of the woods.
Our earliest beans have begun to turn (a welcomed sight), we’re wrapping up fungicide applications on our later planted beans, and the wheat beans are not that far behind. Insects and diseases have been light over all, just more alfalfa hoppers emerging in the same areas where we fight them every year. We’re trying out the new threshold where we are close to R6 and no other pests are in the field.
Cotton ranges from 4-6 NAWF, but it seems to be rapidly moving up the stalk. We stopped all Pix apps last week when the stalks showed the first signs of hardening off. Plant bugs have not been that heavy, but very steady since first bloom. No stinkbugs so far.
We have treated all of our milo for sugarcane aphid, and have had 80-95% control with Transform, which we’re hoping is good enough to at least keep them down in the canopy. Our earliest is in the firm dough stage, latest is approaching milk stage (finishing bloom). It’s looking like we’ll have to make a second application on the later crop.
Corn has reached black layer, and we are just hoping for rapid dry-down.
Our oldest sweet potatoes reached 90 days this past week, so we tried a few spots for size. They needed a few more days, but price and an empty supply chain will probably dictate some sacrifice in yield, and we’ll see some fields harvested within the next ten days for sure. When the crop nears physiological maturity, it is not uncommon for yield to increase 50 bushels per week; so that’s a little over $70 per acre for every day that we can delay harvest. Making that decision is not for the faint of heart… especially with 2009 so close to memory, when over half the state’s crop was never harvested because of a wet fall.
LORD help us.

Reporting from the South Delta is Billy Bryant, Greenwood
8/7/2014 – Cotton – I’ve treated bollworms in my Bollgard II cotton twice on a 12 day interval and in the PhytoGen cotton on a 10 day interval on average. So far I’ve been pleased with the control I received from the pyrethroid tank mix. Have used Prevathon on some PhytoGen cotton and will do more next week, if needed as we are in a continuous egg lay right now. Plant bugs have been very light and aphids crashed last weekend across all the acres I check. The spider mites sprayed in early July have yet to build back up. We’ll wait and see what they do. This cotton crop looks strong – good from end to end.
Soybeans – Have treated 100% of the wheat and replanted beans (R2-R3) in the last 10 days for bollworms and some older beans (R5.8) were treated for stink bugs. I am really pleased with the combination fungicide treatments we used this year at R3-early R4. It seems we got ahead of frog eye and other diseases and put the brakes on them.
Milo – We have worms of every species and their pressure has been extreme. Midge has also been heavy and the sugarcane aphid – horrendous! I’ve treated all my acres with Besiege plus Transform. Aphid control was marginal but all other insects were controlled. Hopefully, the Transform will keep the aphids down in the plant. Time will tell.
Corn – All done. We should start cutting some around the 15th. Will have an above average crop.
Peanuts – We’ve got very light armyworm presence but nothing at treatable levels and a trace of Southern blight in some fields but certainly not an issue that I can tell. Treated all fields with a combination fungicide for white mold and came back in 14 days with another application. Our environmental conditions are ideal for white mold so we’ve got to stay ahead of it.

Reporting from the South Delta is Herbert Jones, Leland
8/7/2014 – All young soybeans at R1 –R3 had to be sprayed last week or this week for pod feeders. The older beans are still clean. Where are the stink bugs??
All scenarios exist in cotton. Old cotton is cutting out. Still getting egg lay in middle age cotton and still fighting plant bugs and eggs in younger cotton. No big egg lay, just consistent. Can’t end fast enough for me!

Reporting from the North Delta is Ed Whatley, Clarksdale
8/8/2014 – Soybeans- I have terminated insect control in a good many April planted beans. Stink bugs have been light so far, but I am picking up more this week. I have sprayed most of my beans that are blooming for pod worms. Bean leaf beetles have only been a problem in a spot or two. Diseases are presents, but most of my beans will outrun them.
Milo is a nightmare trying to make decision to control sugarcane aphids. I had to spray all milo that had green heads for headworms.
Corn- all corn has been terminated – will start harvest in 7 days.

Reporting from the North Delta is Joe Townsend, Coahoma
8/8/2014 – Corn – Some fields are getting a last irrigation, most corn is at dent stage.
Grain Sorghum: The crop ranges from 75% headed out to beginning to turn red. All our grain sorghum has now been treated once for sugarcane aphids, and some has now been treated twice. The numbers built back up almost to their original level in a little over two weeks which is concerning. We’ve had enough worms to spray in some fields, and most fields have had a second shot for midge. The grain sorghum potential looks huge.
Beans: Beans range from V6 to done. Armyworm pressure has been high on the wheat beans. Stink bug numbers have begun to rise again in the R5 beans.
Cotton: The cotton is from 7-2 NAWF. Plant bugs are steady flying into the cotton every week. Aphids are still present with no sign of the fungus yet. We have treated some fields for worms as well. The crop looks great.

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