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

Reporting from South Mississippi, Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
8/24/2017 – Cotton has been kind of quiet this week. Most fields are still wet but most have missed rains for the last couple of days. Thunderstorms passed through last night and dumped from .5″ to 1.75″ on lots of areas but most cotton missed it. Older cotton is beginning to crack and we don’t need any more rain. Latest cotton is in 3rd week of bloom and looks pretty good. Late cotton will be our best cotton if we could get to some kind of normal conditions.
Peanuts are from 90 dap to 128. I will blast peanuts Saturday to see when growers need to start digging. Most peanut fields were sprayed for lep complex this week. Late leaf spot seems to be getting worse every week in fields that were in poor rotation or growers just couldn’t spray timely. Some of these fields need another week and some of them need 40 days. Southern blight is far and few between. Peanut crop looks really good, just need good conditions from here on out.
Soybeans are from R2 -need to be combined. Aerial web blight has blown up everywhere this week and we are treating most acres. Worms are bad in spots and not in others. RBSB are isolated as well. Still have a big population in most peanut fields. Even where they border soybeans that have pods on them they seem to be staying in peanuts.
Corn harvest has started in places with yields good where timely harvest could occur. Where corn has been ready for a month it was fair. Too much rain damaged a lot in earliest planted corn.

Reporting from the North Delta, Justin George, Merigold
8/25/2017 – Rice: harvest has commenced, very good yields thus far – mostly drained except for some very late June 13th rice. Leaf Blast and paraquat “Disease” in late rice.
Corn: very good corn yields. Working ground, have not burned stalks, disking in stubble.
Soybean: just beginning to cut some dry land and pivot edges. Applying harvest aid alone on early beans; some will get RBSB application though. It’s easy to find threshold numbers. May 7th and later planted beans are getting looper and stinkbug treatment now. June beans are frustrating growers as multiple spray trips just weren’t in their thoughts at planting. Far from being through with late beans

Reporting from the South Delta, Josh Westling, Flora
8/25/2017 – Cotton- Most cotton is NAWF 5 to cut out. Still have some acres with a ways to go. Major fruit shed has been a problem the past few weeks with rains and cloudy weather. Target Spot can be found in most every field with some fields being worse than others. Plant bugs have exploded in some areas in the past week and are being treated. With all the fruit shed taken in to affect, it still looks like a good crop.
Soybeans- Anywhere from R3 to ready to be desiccated. Applying acephate to most fields that are being desiccated for stink bugs. In the younger beans loopers are being treated. Most fields between R5 and R6 are being treated for stink bugs. Soybeans that have been harvested have had great yields.
Corn- Most corn in my area is ready to be harvested or harvested with excellent yields.

Reporting from the North Delta, Bob Stonestreet, Clarksdale
8/25/2017– Cotton: This is a year I can’t wait to end; replanted 80% of April cotton from excessive rainfall and replanted half of that again from sandblast; bollworms, disease, too much rain or too little rain; plant bugs light to moderate early season and now picking up pretty consistently; another bollworm flight started again late last week; populations vary from very light to 20-30% egg lays; working consultants to death; cotton ranges from opening bolls to 6 NAWF; three weeks ago, crop looked great but with shed and target leaf spot, not so sure; two to three more weeks of this before we’re done; thinking of a new career as a Walmart Greeter!
Soybean range from R4 to ready for harvest aid; pod worms really coming after the late beans plus loopers beginning to get in on the act; redbanded stinkbugs picking up as far north as Desoto county (1-2 per 25 sweeps); have treated a few acres early this week in Coahoma county with counts from 4-8 per 25 sweeps.

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