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

Reporting from South Mississippi, Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
8/28/2017 – Nothing has really changed since my last crop report. Growers were finally able to stand up in fields today and get some fungicides on peanuts. They sprayed lots of acres in a misting rain. Hopefully it stuck. Weather man says 3-6 inches through Thursday. I guess we will wait and see. Most of my soybeans have been sprayed in the last 7 days so maybe they will be okay for a few days. Boll rot and hard lock just seems to get worse every day and the next few aren’t gonna help a bit. Hate to gripe much after seeing what Houston and surrounding area is going through. We all need to be thankful that we’re not in that mess and lift them up in prayer. I am soooooo ready to get this one over with.

Reporting from East Mississippi, John Clark Cook, Vaiden
8/28/2017 – Corn: Harvest is at a standstill now; yields have been good so far. Still have a ways to go.
Cotton: From target spot, bacterial blight and boll rot, this is not a very pretty crop to look at. Hopefully it will turn out like last year’s crop which was great even though it looked horrible. Younger cotton still getting high rates of PGR and insects monitored closely, older cotton has been cut loose. Just need rains to let up.
Soybeans: 95% of what I check has been treated for RBSB at least once and some twice. The other 5% will get treated in the near future. My new threshold for them is the following: Find 1 – call the grower, Find 2 – put the plane on notice, Find 3 – send the chemical to the strip, Find 4 – TREAT. This is on a field basis; forget this per 25 sweeps crap! So far the little bit that has been harvested has been really good.
Peanuts: Look good so far, starting to pick up more leaf spot over the past week.

Reporting from the South Delta, Clay Horton, Greenwood
8/29/2017 – At least 75% of my corn acres have been harvested with yields well above average thus far.
Group 3 soybeans and the first of April planted G4’s have been harvested with good yields reported. I have a large percentage of my acres that I will desiccate behind TS Harvey. R5.7-6 beans have been treated for loopers and many for RBSB. Pressure in my area has been light compared to what I’m hearing elsewhere.

Reporting from the South Delta, Dee Boykin, Yazoo City
8/29/2017 – Corn – Most of my growers have completed their corn harvest and are very pleased with the yields. Even with the low prices there may be a little profit.
Soybeans-Of course the RBSB remains the hot topic and has persisted until harvest in most fields. They have definitely changed soybean scouting for me. We used to back away a little at about R6.5 but not anymore. Harvest has begun but has been slowed by the lack of sunshine to bring the moisture down. I’ve seen several farms with combines sitting in the fields since the end of last week hoping every day it will drop another percent or two so they can get on with their harvest. Unfortunately, it appears they’ll be sitting there at the end of this week. This could be another year that the seed quality fungicide application pays off. Dr. Trent Irby has some plots in my area this year and it will be interesting to see the results.
Cotton – It seems that every cotton growing season has its ups and downs, and this one has been no different. Regardless of planting date, I think every field had more shed than we like during the month of August. Until that point, it seemed that most fields had a tremendous fruit load and this contributed to the excessive shed in some. The cotton planted from the middle to the end of May seems to have been affected the most due to the delay in maturity the fruit shed caused. In this age cotton we went from maturing on time to hoping for a hot September to mature bolls that are currently newly pollinated blooms. We are still treating a few fields for plantbugs and/or bollworms to protect this fruit. Overall, I feel we have a very good cotton crop but the insect control costs are a little higher than we like to see due to the high bollworm pressure and the extended growing season. Hopefully the rainfall won’t be excessive from the remnants of Harvey and we can move on into defoliation season without much loss due to weather.

Reporting from the North Delta, Joe Townsend, Coahoma
8/30/2017 – Cotton – We are starting to see open cotton on the early planted and still spraying plant bugs on the late planted crops. Overall the potential looks good.
Beans – Early beans are being cut with great yield reports so far. We are finding spray level red shouldered stink bugs in most of our bean fields now. They seem to be higher in numbers the further south you go. We have found them at spray levels in R6.5-7 beans. The looper numbers jumped last week again and we have sprayed for them in combination with sprays for the RSSB.
Corn – Most corn is off or just about off. Great yield reports.
We are under a flash flood watch from Wednesday 10am for the following 3 days from Harvey. Fingers crossed that doesn’t mess up the bean and corn harvest too much!

John Clark Cook, Vaiden, sent in this photo of his catch in a sweep net of what happens “when the plane couldn’t get in the corner of the field”.

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