Armyworms are everywhere in Mississippi this year, says Angus Catchot, Mississippi Extension entomology professor. "They're in bermudagrass pastures, rice, corn, cotton, soybeans, milo — they’re bad, and they’ve been coming since the beginning of May."...More
The Delta AgTech Symposium offered attendees an opportunity to see Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs in the field, in this case in the crop demonstration areas at the Memphis, Tenn., Agricenter in Memphis, Tenn.
A return to $1 cotton just isn’t in the cards, says O.A. Cleveland, Jr., Mississippi cotton analyst, and in fact, prices could drop to the 65-cent level for the December futures contract before recovering. But, he says, "I'm very bullish on 2015."...More
FAA's manager of Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration says FAA is making a lot of progress, but it can't circumvent the rulemaking procedures Congress has imposed on writing regulations for UAVs for commercial use....More
Head of FAA's Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration branch says writing the rules for new UAS or UAV uses is the agency's top priority; defends the need for keeping ag applicators and UAS in separate air space....More
Soybean producers are deliberating the justification for making yield-enhancement fugnicide applications The scenario changes every year, and growers need to base the selection of products on recent scouting of fields for diseases and insects....More
Scientists have modeled the entire soybean plant and used a “numerical optimization” technique to try a very large number of combinations of structural traits to see which combination produced the best results with respect to the three main goals....More
Farmers gathered at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, Miss., for the Mid-Season Crops Field Day to hear crop updates from Mississippi State University Extension specialists and researchers. Talk of excessive moisture dominated the day.
Rain had been falling for two days in the South Delta, but farmers and industry members still turned out for the Rice Research Station's annual field day on Wednesday (June 25). Attendees weren't able to climb on trailers and see the work underway at the station, but they were able to hear field day presenters and other speakers at the event....More
With seemingly abundant water supplies from rainfall and an alluvial aquifer, many can’t understand why anyone would have to irrigate in the five Delta states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. Crop histories show, however, that at some point in almost every season, irrigation pays dividends in the five-state region.
The bottom line for Lorenz is “we must not forget that cover crops come with risks. Everyone wants to talk about how good cover crops are, how positive they are agronomically. And that’s true -- I’m not downplaying the benefits. However, any time you bring in a cover crop there may be some pest management issues that can’t be forgotten.”