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

Reporting from the North Delta is Tucker Miller, Drew
6/4/17 – Cotton– This has been the worst start on a cotton crop that I can remember. We started planting April 11. Most of this cotton came up pretty, but was lost to terrible weather. This old cotton that survived is at 9 and 10 nodes. We are lining up to spray this cotton for plant bugs as soon as the weather breaks. Most of our cotton is out of the thrips stage and is at 4–5 nodes. We have several “train wrecks” with our weed control efforts. Wet weather has delayed pigweed applications, as well as wind and sensitive crops nearby. We have taken some yield loss due to competition already. The Dicamba has worked well where got it out on small pigweeds, but it will take another shot as soon as it dries up.
Corn– The corn has benefitted from this weather I guess. Most corn is tasseled and roasting ear stage. SWCB traps on non-Bt acres haven’t caught any moths yet. Very little disease has been seen. Haven’t had to irrigate yet, weed control has been good and we have some nice uniform looking corn.
Soybeans— most of our beans were planted in the April window form the 12th through the 17th. Most are at R 2 with a few fields at R 3. Insects have been very low to this point. Weed control has been good, with a few grown up messes scattered about. Overall beans look good. Will be watching for disease and preparing to make fungicide applications as needed.

Reporting from the South Delta, Virgil King, III, Lexington
6/5/17 – We are continuing to get excessive rain which is making all field work extremely difficult. Our cotton ranges from not planted to 11 nodes. We have started to sweep plant bugs in older cotton and are making pinhead applications. We have made some weed treatments with roundup or sequence by air but need to get in with ground equipment to work on pigweeds.
Our soybeans are mostly R2 at this time. We are sweeping stink bugs of all flavors including red banded. No treatments made yet.
Corn continues to do well with all at tassel and silking. No disease other than some common rust at this time.
Our peanuts are doing good and for most part our at-planting weed control is holding. No insect or disease treatments yet. We have some fields showing thrips sign and have also seen some granulated cutworms.

Reporting from South Mississippi, Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
6/5/2017 – Cotton is from cotyledon to 12th node. Fields planted in last three weeks are grown up and are too wet too spray. No insects to speak of so far this week. Plant bugs are building in older cotton and with cotton having a hard time holding and setting fruit due to conditions; some treatments will go out as soon as sprayers will stand up. Aphids are beginning to show up in clumps but nothing too widespread yet.
Peanuts are all planted and up with most fields having a great stand but some fields with drowned out spots. Residuals have held wonderfully and glad we had them out. Oldest fields are just beginning to peg. Older peanuts seem to be about a week behind due to cold wet start. Herbicides, gypsum and fungicides will all go out as soon as fields dry up.
Corn looks great with very little disease, great pollination and very little disease at the present time.
Soybeans are just up. The few acres of early beans look good with no major problems other than being saturated. Oldest beans are at R4.

Reporting from Northeast Mississippi, Homer Wilson, Fulton
6/5/2017 – Our area is a different world from last year – moisture wise. We are wet, wet and needing sun. Crops look pretty good for all the rain we’ve had. Cotton stands are good – no replanting but we do have some bad roots in out lower ground. Our cotton ranges from first leaf to 5 nodes – most about 3 modes. Thrips have been constant but our seed treatments (self and in-furrow) have done remarkable with the weather we’ve had. Very little spraying – maybe 15% of our acreage. Our need at present is sun and dry weather to get weeds.
Corn is loving this weather and looks fine. Corn ranges from 8 leaves to early silk – most in early tassel.
Not many early beans – some still to plant – what we have are very pretty and so far only a sprinkle of bugs. But we added acephate to the herbicides.
Wheat is ready and looks above average.
Just waiting on dry weather. Hope we get some sun Tuesday.

Reporting from the South Delta, Lauren Green, Greenwood
6/6/2017 – Cotton is anywhere from cotyledon to 8th node. Thrips have been an issue where burndown was late otherwise we have been able to get past fourth leaf with no problem. We have been able to get most fertilizer out between rains yet still have some that needs it.
Soybeans range from first trifoliate to R2. In soybeans not much going on as far as insects. Picking up a few stinkbugs in R2 beans and that’s about it. Most farmers were able to use a pre this year and are glad they did with the weather acting like it has so far. The few fields where rains caught them, I am not sure if they will be able to clean up.
All the corn is tasseling and no diseases yet. Corn looks good.

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