Mid-South soybean farmers learning about consequences of not following label

In Delta Farm Press

by David Bennett, Delta Farm Press

When Monsanto’s Xtend soybeans were approved for planting this season, many applauded the move. After all, the technology means crops can be sprayed with dicamba and weeds are only becoming tougher to control. There was a huge caveat, though: while the seed could be planted, new, less volatile formulations of dicamba were not approved.

In the run up to planting, Mid-South growers were repeatedly warned over-the-top applications of available dicamba products would not be allowed. Even so, state officials fretted improper spraying would happen following a 2015 growing season when “some individuals — a very small group — used a dicamba product not labeled for this seed,” said Susie Nichols at the Arkansas State Plant Board in April. “That’s a big worry for the Plant Board; there’s a lot of Xtend soybean seed in the state. We’ve tried to let everyone know it’s a violation to use any dicamba product on this technology because none is labeled for this use. Continue reading

Wheat scab starting in Mid-south

In Delta Farm Press

This is a nice time of the year in the Mid-South. Temperatures are warming, the rains are starting to become less frequent and dark-green fields of grain are waving in the breeze in parts of the country where farmers still sow winter wheat.

Unfortunately, farmers in Louisiana and some parts of Arkansas have begun observing fields where the grain is not so green and, in fact, is beginning to show the telltale signs of bleaching that generally accompany infections by Fusarium head blight or scab.

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March 9 workshop will address barnyardgrass in Mid-South crops

In Delta Farm Press

A few years back, with herbicide-resistant pigweeds rampaging through Mid-South row crops, Arkansas weed scientists put together the “Pigposium.” The overwhelming positive response to the pigweed-centric workshop proved the concept.

Now it is time to address the next weed that threatens Mid-South crops: barnyardgrass. Barnyardgrass management in all Mid-South crops will be the focus of a workshop to be held at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart, Arkansas, on March 9.

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Mid-South grain sorghum faces messy new pest

From Delta Farm Press

White sugarcane aphids are on the move in Mid-South grain sorghum and are making a sticky mess in some fields, according to Extension entomologists.

The aphid (Melanaphis sacchari) has been found this season in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Arkansas.

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