Reporting from East Mississippi is Homer Wilson, Fulton
4/25/13 – Cold and wet. 2.35 inches of rain since 4/19/13, 35 degrees on 4/20, 37 degrees on 4/25, lots of frost damage on wheat. On 4/20, in my east region – could be 10% damage. Wheat looks very good – all had fungicide.
Maybe 75% of corn planted – about 40% of this is a stand. Lots of aphids on young corn and some cutworm sign in low spots. No spraying yet. Only about 50 acres of soybeans planted – none up. No cotton planted. We are behind – hope next week will be better.
Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
4/25/13 – Corn is looking a little better this week. Corn is from V-4 to V-6. Rainfall this past Wednesday ranged from .7″ to 2″. Looks like growers will be able to get back in a few fields today (Friday) to hopefully finish side dressing corn.
Soil temps are surprisingly warm, with some fields reaching 72 degrees at 4 “. Problem is fields are still borderline wet to plant peanuts or cotton. Depending on rains this weekend, maybe we can start planting Monday. However, weather forecast is not looking good for next 7 days.
Wheat seems slow to progress in these cooler temps, but looking a lot better than I thought it would as fields mature. Have seen a few Fall Army worm egg masses in a few fields this week.
Hope everyone has a great DRY weekend.
Reporting from the South Delta is Bruce Pittman, Coila
4/26/13 – Received ½” – ¾” of rain this week. Farmers trying to straighten out existing corn crop but corn planting may have come to an end on any new acres. Start planting soybeans when it dries up.
Reporting from the North Delta is Justin George, Merigold
4/26/13 – Wednesday morning’s rain further delayed planting in Sunflower County. From Hwy 49 it looks like only 5% of the acres are planted. Coahoma County was able to keep rolling thru today. Corn planting continued thru today. In the first planted corn, starter fertilized corn is starting to show out and we are knifing, plowing and spraying herbicide where dry. Replant corn from last week is starting to emerge and was sprayed with Gramoxone to kill first planted. Disease in wheat has really slowed down. Rice is emerging and doing well. Flying out ammonium sulfate on the first planted rice that went in the ground around March 19.
Tucker Miller, Drew, sent these photos of sun scald on corn leaves and a common issue in corn fields throughout the state this year, delayed emergence, resulting in an uneven stand. (Click on photo to enlarge)