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Know when to safely terminate irrigation

milk line

• 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

kernels per row

• 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 »