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

Reporting from the South Delta, Tim Richards, Yazoo City
6/19/2017 – This planting season has been very challenging, it’s been work 2-4 days then rain and wait and one to two weeks later catch a similar window of field work. We have quite a few acres that did not get planted due to wet weather. We personally had over 1000 acres of preventive planting of cotton.
Cotton stages range from barely up to 15 nodes. We probably treated 30% total for thrips and most of those acres were later planted cotton. In most cases we had to treat for thrips because we damaged our cotton with preemerge chemicals and cotton was so unhealthy we could no longer tolerate the numbers we were carrying. We had several growers that used N Sol as a starter 2 inches to the side of the seed drill at 10 gallons per acre and this really looks good. I feel like the way we’re hammering this cotton with pre’s this keeps the cotton growing and healthier. I can’t help but wonder if Target Spot gets started on all this damaged leaf tissue because we’re “frying” a lot of this cotton. Plant Bugs are very much present on pigweed but we’ve treated very little so far but I expect this to change this week due to the fact we just had a window to hit them with Liberty or Dicamba. From what I’ve seen Dicamba absolutely needs to go out under a hood and this is still no guarantee it won’t “move”!
Soybeans look really good and range from just blooming to R3. Very quiet as far as insects. Have seen a few Red Banded Stink Bugs on host crops earlier and I expect them to be an issue on late beans.

Reporting from South Mississippi, Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
6/19/2017 – Cotton is from cotyledon to 14th node. Rainfall since last Friday has ranged from 1.2 – 8.5″.
Lots of saturated fields with extremely waterlogged cotton. Plant bugs are still fairly low but aphids are building quickly. Most growers got fields cleaned up last week so most fields are in pretty good shape from a weed standpoint.
Peanuts are from 30-60 Days old. Really need to get some fungicides out soon on some older peanuts. We need several days of sunshine to be able to get in to most peanut fields. Last I saw we have a 90% chance of rain for next 3 days so hopefully they will be wrong.
Corn is from pre tassel to early dent. Northern corn leaf blight is showing up in older corn and seems to really be moving up the plant. Will look at some of these fields tomorrow and try to make a decision on what to do.

Reporting from East Mississippi, Bert Falkner, West Point
6/19/2017 – Cotton – 20% was just planted and emerging. Will check stands this week. The balance of crop between 6 – 11 nodes. Started plant bug application last week and continuing this week. Numbers not real high – up to 12%. Also seeing a few moths, a few plants colonized by aphids and my first red banded stink bug. We received a little hail damage over the weekend and up to 5” of rain. This cotton crop has had a tough life so far! Still trying to get fields cleaned up between rains and would like to start Pix but a lot of this cotton is too uneven.
Corn is at R1 to R3 with a lot of potential. Rain this weekend will take it a long way. We’ve flown on a lot of nitrogen the last 10 days. Seeing a little water logged area deficiency symptoms showing up but disease is not a problem.
Soybeans are from V8 to R1/R3. Overall they are fairly clean as pre’s worked well this year (not saying we don’t have some pigweed escapes). Insects low in and we’ll start fungicides in older soybeans soon.
Peanuts are 30 – 45 days old and all fields are blooming. Starting layby applications this week and our first fungicide applications later this week. This is my first year to work with twin-row peanuts and am very pleased to far.

Reporting form the South Delta, Allen McKnight, Greenville
6/19/2017 – Most soybeans are at R3/R4. Have some pigweed escapes, especially where no dicamba was applied earlier. Winds and rain prevented later applications. Insects are insignificant at this time.

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