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

Reporting from the South Delta, Lauren Green, Greenwood
8/9/2017 – Cotton is from 2NAWF to 7NAWF. We have gotten anywhere from 1″ up to 4.5″ of rain over last couple of days. Plant bug numbers have not been out of control but are treating while going after spider mites and worms. Eggs are picking back up this week in certain areas.
Corn is done and had started harvest before rain. It seems to be an above average crop so far.
Most soybeans are anywhere from R4 to R7. Early planted soybeans that are R6-R7 have had increase in stinkbug numbers over last two weeks and fair amount have been treated for red banded stinkbugs. All late planted soybeans were treated for pod
worms and are still holding.

Reporting from East Mississippi, Bert Falkner, West Point
8/10/2017 – Corn is at black layer growth stage. A little has been harvested but I’ve not heard any yields.
Soybeans are R2/R3 – to mostly R5.5/R6 growth stage. We’ve treated a few fields with a mixture of stink bugs including red banded stink bug. The worm complex really increased ion R2/R3 beans. Treated a few fields and will treat more when weather breaks and add a fungicide. A few of the oldest beans are starting to turn.
Had a little flare up of worms in peanuts – not at treatable levels, but close. Started seeing low levels of soil type disease late last week, 7 to 10 days after fungicides with leaf spot in the mix. Fungicides never had a good rain to get them activated.
Young cotton 6-8 NAWF – older cotton 2-5 NAWF with a few fields a little further along. We are probably 10-14 days later than normal mostly because of the early June rains. Have treated very few fields for plant bugs this week and they remain low. Stink bugs are moving into cotton and we’ve treated a few fields. Also treating spider mites in hot spots and still treating some Bt cotton, however, eggs/worms/moth numbers are down this week. Adding Pix into all insecticide applications. Some of this cotton has a long way to go. Today this crop is just a good average crop. Cotton made a lot of positive changes in the last 14 days. My area has received 1.5” – 7.5” of rain since Monday. Very concerned about wet cloudy conditions.

Reporting from South Mississippi, Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
8/10/2017 – Most of my area has had 9-12 inches since last Sunday. Cotton is from 1st week of bloom to cutout and 24 nodes. Boll rot is not horrible but it’s headed that way. Target spot has blown up in older cotton and defoliating lots of bottom leaves. Not sure this will be all bad. Bollworms are still being sprayed and seemed to have increased in the last 10 days the further south I go. Plant bugs have picked up a little in the last 5 days as well as nymphs. Silverwing Whiteflies are picking up in one county I work. Lots of watermelons in this county and I think they may be coming out of those fields. Hope they don’t get too bad as product is hard to find I believe.
Young soybeans are full of bollworms and loopers. Velvetbean caterpillars are really picking up this week as well. Stink bugs are kind of scattered around but not too bad.
Lots of small loopers and velvetbeans in peanuts today. Shaking 9-10 worms per foot in most fields. We seem to have gotten late leaf spot under control. Only problem now is fields are flooded and growers can’t get back in fields in a timely manner. Peanut crop really looks good. Harvest should start in the next 3 weeks.

Reporting from East Mississippi, Phillip McKibben, Maben
8/10/2017 – Corn – we’re field-drying now, hoping to fire up the combines ASAP. Moisture is running mid to upper 20’s right now in most.
Soybeans – RBSB have been very spotty; practically no issues where we applied insecticides with fungicides at early R4 (interestingly). Sprays have been effective where we’ve had to take them out.
Cotton – everything has been spotty. Mites have been heavy in spots, mainly around edges, but we’ve had to take them out in a couple of fields. We’re finally seeing a lull in bollworm numbers and the egg-lay has also tapered off. We ended up treating a little over half of our acres for worms; both Widestrike and BG2 equally.
Sweetpotatoes – we hope to begin harvest the middle of next week, but will primarily be digging foundation seed. Main harvest should begin Labor Day week. We’re looking at a phenomenal crop, but the recent rains have brought back some PTSD-like flashbacks from 2009. Worm complex sprays have been necessary in some locations, not in others. Overall we’ve had a much easier time dealing with insects this year compared to last… so far; we still have 70 days left to manage a big chunk of this crop.

Jeff North, Madison, sent in this photo. Could it be the “light at the end of the tunnel” for crop consultants??

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