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

Reporting from the North Delta, Bob Stonestreet, Clarksdale
6/29/2017 – Cotton: crop ranges from 8th node to second week of bloom (only 500 acres of this); plant bugs have been light overall; a few fields bordering grain that have received 2-3 treatments; aphids beginning to build in a few fields; crop looks ok considering all that’s been thrown at it.
Soybeans: crop ranges from just planted June 14th to R4; beginning fungicide applications; insects are light; bean leaf beetles picking up a bit this week; beginning to pick up a stray bollworm moth or two; expect flight to pick up in the next 10-14 days; Dicamba drift injury on 2500 acres or so in 2-3 counties; more precautions need to be taken by applicators so we won’t lose this technology.
Corn: crop looks really good; ranges from R2 to dent; Have been watching Northern corn leaf blight since tassel; this week, picked up Southern rust in west Coahoma County; have not applied fungicide yet; will continue to monitor

Reporting from the South Delta, Dee Boykin, Yazoo City
7-3-2017 – Cotton-The majority of our cotton will begin to bloom this week. Plant bug pressure is still extremely light for this time of year. Since we’ve made fewer plant bug insecticide applications, we’ve allowed aphids to build up. We’ve made a few Transform applications but have clean most up with multiple imidacloprid applications. We’ve got plant growth regulators on most of the fields and fruit set has been good. As usual, we’re seeing Bacterial Blight in several fields that seems to be triggered by herbicide injury. Hopefully it will go away like the last few years. We have weeds under control despite the uncooperative weather. Dicamba has been very helpful in accomplishing this.
Corn-Most of our corn has begun a starch line and is heading toward maturity. Several diseases have been present for over a month now but none has been a problem. I had mentioned finding Southern Rust in an earlier commentary but in every instance, it turned out not to be so until late last week. It seems to be popping up everywhere now but too little too late. Our biggest disappointments in the corn crop once again go back to planting practices that lead to lack of root development. Maybe one day we’ll learn!? At this point we’re just looking forward to not wondering through corn fields for a few months.
Soybeans-This crop continues to impress. We still haven’t experienced any extreme heat nor drought. If this continues a few more weeks with the April planted soybeans (ha), we should harvest a bumper crop since these are R5 plus. Insect pressure remains a nonissue. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.

Reporting from South Mississippi, Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
7/3/2017 – We haven’t had significant rainfall since Saturday night. Fields are beginning to dry up enough to hold a sprayer up. Growth regulators are going out with a lot of fields being treated for aphids. Cotton ranges from 5th node to 18 nodes. Cotton has improved overall and is holding more fruit than expected. Flushing lots of bollworm moths today in cotton and peanuts. Plant bugs are showing up a little more but still kind of light overall. Deer are still our biggest pest in cotton fields. They have literally eaten some 10-15 acre fields up and lots of acre around larger fields.
One field I swept today was running about 20% red banded stink bugs. Cotton isn’t even blooming and the other side of field was clean. First I’ve picked up all year.
Peanuts are from 30 to 85 dap. Lots of fields still a little waterlogged and off colored but have drastically improved in two days. Granulated cutworms aren’t hard to find but nothing at treatable levels. Lots of field work to get done in peanuts as soon as sprayers can run.
Most soybeans are being planted this week. The few older beans are at R5 today. Not a lot of pests showing up. Picking up a few brown stink bugs and kudzu bugs.
Corn is from tasseling to about 2 weeks from black layer. Northern and southern corn leaf blight is present to some extent in most fields.

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