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

Reporting from East Mississippi, Mitch LeFlore, Eupora
7/27/2017 – Most cotton received rain last week but still a few dry spots. Overall crop looks good; do not know what the heat has affected or done to the crop. Still fighting plant bugs in spots and boll worms are just starting this past week. All PhytoGen and conventional cotton has been treated but have started to pick them up in Bollgard II cotton.
Soybeans are anywhere from R3-R6. Red banded stinkbugs are spotty but having to treat. Boll worm pressure has been high in younger beans this week. Also, loopers are starting to show up in younger beans.
Overall, the sweet potato crop looks good. Finally have click beetles knocked down. Beet armyworms have started to show up in the past week and expect to treat most acres within a week or two.

Reporting from South Mississippi, Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
7/27/2017 – Rains Monday and Tuesday dropped 2-10+ inches. We really need a break for a few days. Cotton is having trouble setting a crop. Stuck bloom tags are all over the ground and more will fall in the next few days. Moths are still being flushed in most fields, aphids are still building. Plant bugs are still relatively non-existent. Seeing more cotton fleahoppers than tarnished. We are having trouble slowing cotton down. Growth regulators are going out regularly and some of this cotton looks like it’s never had any. A week without rain would help out a bunch.
A smorgasbord of worms are still in peanuts with a few fields getting treatments when sprayers are going across with fungicide app.
Soybeans are from R3-R6. Applications for bollworms last week seemed to do really good. Velvetbeans and loopers are picking up this week. No treatments on lots of beans with exception of a few fields for red banded but I think some of that will change soon. Lots of small worms of all types in shakes today.
Corn harvest should start Monday for a few growers weather permitting.

Reporting from the North Delta, Clay Horton, Greenwood
7/27/2017 – My earliest corn reached black layer the 20th and will be harvested starting this coming Monday, the 31st. A hand sample was pulled the 25th and showed 23.9% moisture. I have some corn reaching black layer now and on my latest planting date we are pushing the last flush of water across this week. Overall, the corn crops look to be above average.
Early April, Group 4 soybeans are reaching R6 and some Group 3, are reaching R7. Insect pressure is low for the most part but I am picking up low numbers of red banded stink bugs in areas. My middle age beans are in the R5.5-5.7 range and they narrowly escaped the bollworm flights. The later R5 beans and younger have nearly all been treated for high numbers of bollworms.

Reporting from the South Delta, Virgil King, III, Lexington
7/28/2017 – Cotton – We are low on plant bugs at this time. We had to treat a lot of cotton with Prevathon for worms. Some had to be retreated. We can find some level of damage in just about any field. Some farms had more pressure than others and you can tell from old worm signs in them. We are constantly making Pix recommendations. Some fields, depending on variety, have been very difficult to keep plant growth under control.
Soybeans – Most all of our beans are at R6+ at this time. We have very few fields that would be considered late beans. We have had to treat about 75% of them for red banded stink bugs at this time and keep adding fields as the pressure comes up. So far no fields have been treated twice.

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