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

Reporting from East Miss., Mitch Leflore, Eupora
6/2/2017 – Cotton- Rain. Anywhere from just replanted to 6th node thrips pressure has been tough with cool wet conditions the cotton not growing just sitting there we have had to spray some twice. Sprayed all cotton for cutworms and granulated cutworms which are tougher to kill in a few fields. Also in some spots had to bump the rate of pyrethroid up to kill alfalfa hoppers when treating cutworms.
Soybean- stages from v1 to r2 excellent preemerge activity with rainfall that we have had adding pyrethroid in with round up for alfalfa hoppers. Overall beans look good.
Corn all pre-tassel to tassel looks great with rainfall and cool temperatures.
Sweet potatoes- some growers almost through to just getting started depending on location and weather. Weather looks to cooperate next week with hopes of getting the rest of the crop transplanted. No insect trouble so far.

Reporting from the North Delta, James Bowen, Boyle
6/2/2017 – Rice – About 90% of my acres are flooded or going to flood. Weed pressure was pretty light on the early planted fields. I should be able to time the mid-season fertilizer next week on the first flooded fields.
Soybeans – Range from just emerging to R3. I’m already finding a few stink bugs in the older beans. We are still trying to get out lay by herbicides. The rains are making it hard to get it done on time.

Reporting from the North Delta, Jim Arrington, Senatobia
6/3/2017 – Wheat: harvest began this week but yields to report as of today.
Corn: Growth stages range from V6 to tassel. Most looks good at this point with the exception of a couple of fields that didn’t get herbicides out because of the wet weather and are extremely grown up.
Soybeans: Growth stages range from just planted to R2 except for the wheat beans. No insect problems as of yet. Pre’s have done a good job this year but have played out now. With so much rain it’s been near impossible to get post shots out and weeds are unrelenting.
Peanuts: As clean a start as I can remember. Some of the no till peanuts had to be replanted but most are off to a great start.
Cotton: What a tough, tough start. The rain never seems to stop and I still have about 20% of what I check that has yet to be planted. After cold, wet weather and then being sand blasted there’s several hundred acres to be replanted. Fields that survived have been overrun with pigweeds where it’s been to wet to spray. Those lucky enough to get a break in the weather have done an excellent job on weed control. Thrips pressure has been light but picking up lately. Because of the weather very few applications have been made. I did find the first squares of the year this week so there’s Hope!!

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