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

Reporting from the North Delta, Ed Whatley, Clarksdale
8/28/2017 – Cotton- I have terminated my April cotton. I will continue to take care of my young cotton for a while longer. Looking at the long range weather forecast, I will have to make a decision whether to continue with applications. Diseases have taken a toll on my cotton. My cotton started shedding bolls due to diseases about 2 weeks ago.
Soybeans- I have sprayed all young beans for loopers and stink bugs. The loopers helped with the decision to spray red banded stink bugs. Soybean harvest is being delayed due to weather, but yields have been excellent.
Corn- My corn is 50-60% harvested. Yields are good, 200 + bushels per acre.

Reporting from the South Delta, Billy Bryant, Greenwood
8/30/2017 – Bollworm egg lay has ceased in my territory as of 8-27-17 and worms under control from recent sprays. Plant bugs flared up in greenest cotton last week due to showers occurring on Acephate tank mixtures- had some high numbers and zeroed them out with Bifenthrin + 1 lb of Acephate in 5 gpa. Some green cotton will likely be treated again if egg lay resumes but majority of acreage has seen the last poison. Boll rot along with disease has taken the crop backwards somewhat but we still have a good crop overall. Target spot has not yet affected our youngest cotton and it looks extremely good at this time. How fast the ground dries out following the tropical system that is moving through now will dictate how well our older cotton does.
Sweeping beans right up to harvest or desiccation – spraying Redbanded Stinkbugs somewhere every day. Green R5 beans getting re-entry 10 days following treatment in many cases. Let some 2’s go on some beans for 2 weeks prior to harvest and damage did not show up in the samples. Mainly treating 3’s and upward if beans are in the R7 stage. A tremendous amount of soybeans will be desiccated after Harvey passes. Have Bifenthrin tank mixed with some but most acreage will not require poison due to very low numbers of RBSB due to recent sprays. What few fields that have been harvested have turned out with very good yields.
White mold has appeared on some fields that have been rotated with peanuts in the past despite two earlier apps of Convoy + Bravo. Got all treated with Elatus but surprisingly enough did not receive proper rainfall to fully activate. We stopped the progression of the white mold with that treatment but have come back on the affected acreage on 14 days with another shot in front of the moisture expected from Harvey. Will be able to begin digging on our oldest peanuts around 9-10-17 based on what I see from scratch tests this week. Will blast some fields next week to verify this.

Reporting from the North Delta, Joseph Dean, Cleveland
9/1/2017 – Most of my cotton is finished and safe from insects. Target spot is bad and there are a few bolls dropping in the worst areas. Also had a little boll rot before Harvey arrived and expect to see more now.
Beans range from early R5 to harvested. Yields have been really good so far. Red banded stinkbugs have been persistent in areas. I’ve also had to treat a large percentage of the May planted beans for loopers.
95% plus of the corn I check has been harvested. Yields were well above average.
All of my rice is drained now and a fair amount lodged with the rain and wind Thursday.

Reporting from the South Delta, Jason Grafton, Madison
9-3-14 Cotton- Still have a few plantbug treatments going out on some acres but a lot of this crop is getting close to the end. A few fields should be ready for defol in 10-14 days. It’s hard to gauge this crop but I believe it’s still a great crop with all it’s been through. I’m just glad to see some sunshine in the forecast.
Soybeans- We used to say when beans get ready you got to get them out before weather gets them. I’m thinking these RBSB’s are worse than the weather. In saying that, I’m now looking at beans until I see a combine in the field. Hoping the sun stays out so harvest can stay rolling and hoping for a hard winter!

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