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

Reporting from the North Delta, Bill Pellum, Clarksdale
8/21/2017 – Some cotton has matured to being within a few weeks of defoliation and some will see a frost before it matures. Seeing both stink bug and plant bug numbers up and continuing treatments. Early cotton looks good and some of this later cotton
looks horrible with target spot and a tremendous leaf and fruit drop. Most fields have been treated once or twice with the new chemistries for bollworm with acceptable control.
Some soybeans are receiving harvest aids while some others are not even podding yet. We are still applying fungicides with rust in mind as this next round of insect treatments are being recommended. Soybean looper is now in the mix along with bean leaf beetles and red banded stink bug. Some tremendous numbers of stink bugs in the older beans.

Reporting from Northeast Mississippi, Homer Wilson, Fulton
8/21/2017 – We can’t complain about lack of rain in August this year. Our whole area has had ample rain this month. We are drying out some since the 17th – no boll rot yet but cotton is shedding heavy from stuck blooms and overloads due to lack of sunlight. Our older cotton is cutting out and we are starting to drop fields .We had a moth flight 3 weeks ago and sprayed about 80% of our acres. Most of our cotton is Widestrike with only 60a Widestrike 3. Today we found an increased egg lay in some young cotton that is lush and green (9-20%) and will spray that tomorrow. The plants are loaded and the crop looks good but needs some good sun.
Soybeans: we will dry down a sizeable acreage of early beans this week – most of the leaves are already off. Early beans look good and we have had very few insects .We are starting to find some stinkbugs in wheat beans and a variety of moths but no spraying yet.
We have corn ready to shell if the humidity will drop some. The moisture is a bit high and there is only one farm with a dryer. Most of our corn is dry land but looks super.

Reporting from South Mississippi, Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
8/21/2017 – Last week I made a comment about bollworm moths not being flushed – well, I take it back after today. Moths were alive and well today and seems to be more than I’ve seen all year. Older cotton may squeak by these but lots of late May to mid-June cotton still to look at. Seeing RBSB in cotton fields that border peanuts. They don’t seem to go very far in cotton but are feeding on bolls. Seeing lots of leaf footed bugs around borders of older cotton as well. Rains are still popping up every afternoon and they didn’t let us down today.
Peanuts are receiving treatments for worms and fungicide where we can get in the field.
Soybeans are being treated for worms and fungicide. Aerial web blight has jumped on beans from R1 to R6 in the past week. Helicopter became available today and they are treating as fast as they can. Showers are complicating applications but hopefully in the next few days we will get treatments out on most of these fields. Loopers and VBC are being treated as well. RBSB are being treated in a few of the fields, some for second time. Most of the fields I treated 2 weeks ago zeroed for the most part and have not had to retreat.
Corn is still mostly in the field waiting to be harvested. All attempts so far have resulted in combines bogged down.

Reporting from the South Delta, Jeff North, Madison
8/22/2017 – Cotton is still pushing in most areas. Has a long way to go in a lot of fields. Some fields still receiving late worm applications with egg numbers increasing. Plant bug nymphs coming to the top and applications are being made to keep a “switch” out of the top. Heat and sunshine is needed now to finish maturing this crop.
Soybeans main issue is RBSB. Applications earlier held for about 3 weeks. Re-infestation beginning again and treatments are being made when 1-2 per 25 sweeps are collected. Many fields may receive an application with the desiccant if numbers warrant. This is a dangerous pest!!
Corn is in full harvest with phenomenal yields being reported.

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