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MSU’s 2020 Row Crop Short Course falls victim to COVID-19

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It is with great regret that we have cancelled the 2020 Row Crop Short Course at Mississippi State University. Due to the global pandemic, we see no viable way to conduct this event. Our team did not make this decision lightly and waited as late as possible before doing so. We are still operating under conditions that limit the number ... Read More »

Mississippi corn posts solid harvest despite struggling start

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A soggy planting season dissuaded some Mississippi producers from planting corn this year, but those who stuck with the crop have mostly been rewarded with a solid harvest. Initial planting forecasts at the end of February called for more than 700,000 acres of corn in the state. That figure was scaled back to 550,000 acres a few months later as ... Read More »

Glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass management: Now is the time!

ryegrass

• By Daniel Stephenson and Josh Copes • Glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass has been an issue in the mid-South for the past 10 to 15 years. In Louisiana, growers have been battling this pest for five to 10 years, and the problem is spreading each year. Louisiana does not have ryegrass issues like Mississippi, but if control strategies are not implemented, ... Read More »

Know when to safely terminate irrigation

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• By Erick Larson • We have a wide range of corn maturity due to sporadic planting opportunities this spring, but much will be denting and filling kernel size and weight soon. Assuming the crop is already made can quickly erode potential profitability, as about 50% of kernel weight is filled after dent. Thus, corn management is still important. Irrigation ... Read More »

How to estimate corn yield before harvest

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• By Erick Larson • You can estimate corn yield by thoroughly sampling random ears in a field and using a multiplication formula. It will take some effort, knowledge and luck to represent a field, but it can satisfy your desire regarding the upcoming harvest. The issue with any estimate is kernel weight cannot be measured prior to physiological maturity, ... Read More »

Reassess your strategy regarding tassel applications

corn tassel

• By Erick Larson • Mississippi’s corn crop is spread out this year across a considerable range of planting dates, with a few early fields already tasseling, and the bulk will be soon. Tassels clearly distinguish the transition from vegetative to reproductive growth stages in corn. The early corn reproductive stages are the most sensitive stages to environmental stress and ... Read More »

Got hog damage? There’s an app for that

feral hog app

According to a Mississippi State University research study, feral pigs cause $66 million in property damage in the Magnolia State each year. With the wild hog population increases and damage estimates constantly changing, it’s now easier to report and assess impacts with a newly designed MSU app. The “Feral Pig Damage” app makes it easy for users to report the ... Read More »

Wet weather delays Mississippi row crop planting

bobby moody, mississippi corn

Wet weather that won’t let up has resulted in a very slow start to Mississippi row crop planting, and time is running out for corn. Erick Larson, grain crops agronomist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said he expects a tremendous reduction in planted acreage due to weather conditions this year. “Some growers have already returned corn seed and ... Read More »

Tips for managing nitrogen fertilizer during wet weather

msu corn

• By Erick Larson, Larry Oldham and Bobby Golden • Mississippi’s warm, wet climate can pose considerable issues with nitrogen fertilization for corn, which is quite responsive and demands high amounts for optimal productivity. But the climate also greatly increases potential nitrogen loss through volatilization, denitrification and leaching compared to drier and colder climates. Of course, the corn-growing season is ... Read More »