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

Reporting from East Miss., Mitch Leflore, Eupora
6/2/2017 – Cotton- Rain. Anywhere from just replanted to 6th node thrips pressure has been tough with cool wet conditions the cotton not growing just sitting there we have had to spray some twice. Sprayed all cotton for cutworms and granulated cutworms which are tougher to kill in a few fields. Also in some spots had to bump the rate of pyrethroid up to kill alfalfa hoppers when treating cutworms.
Soybean- stages from v1 to r2 excellent preemerge activity with rainfall that we have had adding pyrethroid in with round up for alfalfa hoppers. Overall beans look good.
Corn all pre-tassel to tassel looks great with rainfall and cool temperatures.
Sweet potatoes- some growers almost through to just getting started depending on location and weather. Weather looks to cooperate next week with hopes of getting the rest of the crop transplanted. No insect trouble so far.

Reporting from the North Delta, James Bowen, Boyle
6/2/2017 – Rice – About 90% of my acres are flooded or going to flood. Weed pressure was pretty light on the early planted fields. I should be able to time the mid-season fertilizer next week on the first flooded fields.
Soybeans – Range from just emerging to R3. I’m already finding a few stink bugs in the older beans. We are still trying to get out lay by herbicides. The rains are making it hard to get it done on time.

Reporting from the North Delta, Jim Arrington, Senatobia
6/3/2017 – Wheat: harvest began this week but yields to report as of today.
Corn: Growth stages range from V6 to tassel. Most looks good at this point with the exception of a couple of fields that didn’t get herbicides out because of the wet weather and are extremely grown up.
Soybeans: Growth stages range from just planted to R2 except for the wheat beans. No insect problems as of yet. Pre’s have done a good job this year but have played out now. With so much rain it’s been near impossible to get post shots out and weeds are unrelenting.
Peanuts: As clean a start as I can remember. Some of the no till peanuts had to be replanted but most are off to a great start.
Cotton: What a tough, tough start. The rain never seems to stop and I still have about 20% of what I check that has yet to be planted. After cold, wet weather and then being sand blasted there’s several hundred acres to be replanted. Fields that survived have been overrun with pigweeds where it’s been to wet to spray. Those lucky enough to get a break in the weather have done an excellent job on weed control. Thrips pressure has been light but picking up lately. Because of the weather very few applications have been made. I did find the first squares of the year this week so there’s Hope!!

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

Reporting from the North Delta is Winston Earnheart, Tunica
5-28-2017 – Cotton is cotyledon to five-leaf. We have had to replant most of the older cotton from storm damage. Much of the emerging seedlings are getting invaded by treatment levels of thrips, and the seed treatments are not working very well. Both imidacloprid and imidacloprid plus orthene have had to be oversprayed.
Beans are getting treatments of various herbicides, and we have not had drift problems so far. Some of them are working and some are not working very well, and we are not sure why. In soybeans, the best dicamba treatments have had Reflex or Flexstar mixed with it. Liberty or Liberty and Dual have looked good so far. We are picking up moderate numbers of green stink bug in older fields.
Older corn is pre-tassel and plans are being made for additional nitrogen applications and a fungicide.
Rice fields are from just coming up to three weeks post flood. So far, weed control has been good and prospects over all look good.
Peanuts are up to a stand and spreading across the row. Preemerge applications are holding nicely. Thrips numbers have been acceptable.

Reporting from South Mississippi is Trey Bullock, Hattiesburg
5-30-2017 – Cotton ranges from in the sack to 11th node. One grower still has around 800 acres that is not planted. Rain every three days for last three weeks has been challenging to say the least. Cotton planted last week will have to be spot planted in lower areas but is not as bad as I thought it would be. Thrips have been extremely light overall with only a handful of fields being treated a couple of weeks ago. Had to deal with some granulated cutworms last week in some cotton planted behind rye grass calves but other than that no big problems other than getting a stand and getting planted.
Peanuts are 100 % planted and are from just up to 40 days old. Herbicides have held great and most fields are clean. Some herbicides went out last week on older peanuts ahead of rains. I have sprayed a few fields for thrips but mainly fields that were too wet and too cold for too long and we were trying to give them some relief from something.
Corn is from V-5 to milk stage. No issues in corn at the present.
Soybeans are probably 40% planted and just coming up. On the western side of my area along the Ms river, peanuts, soybeans and a little cotton were underwater last week from river flooding. When flood waters go down all will be planted to beans.

Reporting from the South Delta is Billy Bryant – Greenwood
5-30-17 – Cotton – In the process of spraying for thrips with Bidrin 1 gl./40a. Oldest cotton at 8 nodes and waiting on plant bugs to show up. Weed control applications of dicamba and glyphosate (in dicamba tolerant cotton) or Liberty plus Round Up going out. Weed control pretty good overall because of timely rains. Urea is going out ahead of showers to get some N on the crop in case we are out of the field for a while because of rain.
Soybeans – Beans range from 3-4 nodes up to R2 and all in between. All insect activity low at this time. Weed control applications of Sequence and laying by with Sequence and using Prefix in row beans. In dicamba tolerant beans, using dicamba and Outlook. Overall weed control is very good, using the materials we have and getting timely rains to activate Dual. Picking up Septoria in the lower canopy in older beans.
Corn – All fertilizer is out, pipe is rolled out and we’re irrigating in some places. A little common rust showing up. Corn leaves are really speckled up from Gramoxone and urea damage. Disease will have to be very prominent before we can see it. Observing corn tasseling on a shorter stalk this year but pollinating with temps in the 80’s instead of the 90’s, which is positive.

Reporting from East Mississippi is Bert Falkner, West Point
5-30-17 – Cotton – crop ranges from cotyledon to 6-7 nodes with majority in 1st – 4th true leaf. Treating for moderate level of thrips to relieve stress on this cotton with weak root system and seedling disease around. Most of my area received up to 2” of rain today. Some farmers still wanting to plant cotton but this rain might put an end to it. 30% of cotton acres remain unplanted in a year when the intent was to plant more cotton in this area in years. Weed control wise, it’s fairly clean with Liberty and RU going out.
Soybeans are from V4-V6 and up to R1. No insect pressure at this time.
Corn is from V10 – V12 with the most uniform emergence and spacing I’ve ever seen. Not long from tassel.
Sweet Potatoes – Around 40% of acres have been set.
Peanuts – All intended acres have been planted and looking good. Range from 7 – 20 days.

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Auxin Herbicide Technology Field Day – June 29, 2017

PONTOTOC, Miss. — Row crop producers can learn best practices for adding auxin herbicides to their weed control tool box at a field day June 29.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will host the event at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station, located at 8320 Hwy 15 S. in Pontotoc.

Attendees will learn about auxin herbicides for use on 2,4-D and dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybeans, how to manage these crops for maximum weed control, and methods to limit drift onto sensitive crops and the environment.

This free event is open to the public, but attendees should pre-register. On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and tours begin at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided. Certified Crop Advisor Continuing Education Credits are available.

The field day is sponsored by the Mississippi Chapter of the American Society of Agronomy and industry partners.

To pre-register and for more information, contact Mark Shankle at or Stephen Meyers at or 662-489-4621.

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