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

Reporting from the South Delta, Herbert Jones, Leland
6/7/2017 – I agree with others that this has been a trying year to get this cotton crop in. Today is the 7th of June and some seed is still in the bag. The majority of my cotton has or will require 2 insecticide applications to control thrips. With lack of sunshine, cooler temperatures and excessive rainfall, cotton is not growing very well. The forecast looks good for the rest of this week and maybe we will get the spurt of growth we need.
Soybean and corn are progressing nicely with very little insect pressure.

Reporting from the South Delta, Jason Grafton, Madison
6/8/17 – We have had a lot of problems this year. If it gets dry enough in next day or two for ground rigs to run, we may be wishing it had kept raining. My hopes are that we are smart when applying herbicides and on label. Some places haven’t been planted the first time. Some places will get planted three times. Soybeans are still in the bag to R4. We will start fungicide applications next week on our R3/R4 beans. We have been seeing RBSB and GSB but in low numbers. Despite the struggles the oldest beans are looking good.
Cotton is from still in the bag (and may stay there) to 9th node. This crop has been slow to take off but a lot of it is finally looking like a cotton crop. Insect pressure has been low. We have treated a few fields for thrips but nothing like I thought we would, considering the weather. Pinhead treatments are getting lined up on squaring cotton. Weeds are the most pressing issue at the moment.

Reporting from South Mississippi, Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
6/8/2017 – Cotton ranges from cotyledon to 12th node. Growers are trying to clean up fields after being out of the field for a couple of weeks. Most fields are pretty saturated and most cotton is red stemmed and stunted. All cotton planted in mid-April has no root system and all fields are not holding fruit very well. Plant bugs are well below threshold but some treatments are going out with growth regulators and RoundUp. I think we have a few days of no rain but chances pick back up Sunday. All cotton is still not planted. They will plant through the 15th if fields dry up enough to get it in.
Peanuts are in okay shape overall. Residuals are still holding well. Some herbicides have gone out on older peanuts and have worked well. Oldest peanuts are around 59 days old today. Pegs are few and far between. Peanuts seem to be running about a week behind. No insects at this time.
Soybeans are still in the sack for the most part. What few acres I have planted are at R-4 and look really good. No insects at the present.
Corn is from V-5 to roasting ear. Disease is still very low to nonexistent. Have a few fields that have been too wet to get herbicides out. Hopefully they can get in soon.
All in all, this has been a rough start. Got to get better!!!

Reporting from North Delta, Billy Price, Charleston
6/8/2017 – We have cotton from two leaves to pinhead square. Weed control has been a challenge with the weather, very little replant.
Corn is just before tassel to ear forming, very little disease except some common rust.
Beans are from 4 trifoliate to R3, with about 10% to plant and 1000 acres to replant because of dicamba drift. This is all Will and I have done for 2 months is look at complaints, it is from Tallahatchie Co. to Panola and Quitman Co. We are past sick and tired of this issue!!!!!

Reporting from East Mississippi, Ty Edwards, Water Valley
6/8/2017 – Cotton- Our entire crop ranges from 3-5 true leaves. We seem to be on the back end of the thrips situation now. We sprayed a lot of acres for them, mostly included in a herbicide application. But after we knocked them out the first time, they didn’t seem to re-infest like they usually do. In a few cases of no till, we upped the rate to take out alfalfa hoppers. Surprisingly, pigweed control is great so far. Our pre at planting held on good, and we’ve already been over everything with 1-2 more shots of something, mainly either a Dual type product or Staple. Had one grower that hadn’t used Staple in about 8 years spray a “highly roundup resistant” population of pigweeds with 2 oz. Staple and absolutely smoked them. The majority of our cotton will be squaring next week.
Soybeans- If it weren’t for the drift/inversion issues with dicamba, there would be virtually nothing to talk about. Most beans got planted in an early window in April. Those that didn’t just got planted the last few weeks of May.
Corn- Well, this corn crop is absolutely loving this weather. And so are the growers. So far, not a single well has been fired up. We’ve been applying a top shot of N to compensate for all this rain, and the assumed loss of N.
Sweet potato- Everybody is done setting. We got the best set we’ve ever had. Transplant survival was near 100%, and we’re done almost 2 weeks early. Because of the moisture and cooler conditions, growers were able to begin setting earlier in the morning than usual and not worry about survival. We’re beginning to plow now, as well as incorporate a few things in front of the cultivators.

Reporting from the South Delta, Haley Easley, Greenwood
6/8/2017 – Soybeans and corn look extremely good. A lot of corn is pollinated and still has not been irrigated. There are some weed pressure in some bean and cotton fields that are becoming a problem due to wet weather. Plant bug pressure a little higher than in past years on squaring cotton and most fields receiving applications of imidacloprid as they begin to square. Sweeping more stink bugs than normal but still below threshold. I have swept several redbanded stink bugs in last 10 days. Corn disease very low for now except some common rust but still at low levels. Seems like insect pressure may be a little higher than normal. We are enjoying frequent rains but needs to warm up a bit to get cotton growing.

Photos from Phillip McKibben, Maben, show the white mycelium of taproot decline fungi in the above-ground phase. Above ground – dead plants.

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