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    June 2021
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Surprise attack by redbanded stink bugs inspires new thresholds in Mississippi

by Bonnie Coblentz, MSU Extension Service

A game-changing insect caused significant problems in many Mississippi soybean acres, but good management allowed growers to finish the year with an average crop.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that by Oct. 23, Mississippi farmers were 92 percent finished harvesting the state’s soybean crop, which covered about 2.03 million acres this year. Insect and disease pressures made the effort challenging, but USDA predicts growers will harvest a state average of 48 bushels an acre. Continue reading

What’s known about target spot in soybeans?

In Delta Farm Press

by David Bennett, Delta Farm Press

Target spot has struck many Mid-South soybean fields this growing season leading to decreased yields. Now on the back end of soybean harvest, growers are asking questions about the fungal disease.

To get some answers, Delta Farm Press spoke with Tom Allen, Mississippi State University plant pathologist, in mid-October. Among Allen’s comments: Continue reading

Beekeepers and farmers in Mississippi work together to protect each other’s interests

In Delta Farm Press

by Hembree Brandon, Delta Farm Press

Cooperation between Mississippi beekeepers and farmers has been an important factor in obtaining Section 18 approval for sulfloxaflor (Transform), a key pesticide for cotton and grain sorghum.

The EPA approval was “really good news,” says Angus Catchot, coming on the heels of a California Ninth Circuit Court decision last year that resulted in the EPA cancelling sufloxaflor registrations in all crops as a result of allegations by the Pollinator Stewardship Council and other non-governmental organizations that there was not sufficient research on its potential impact on pollinators to support registration of the compound. Continue reading

Integrated pest management can reduce grower cost

This feature article, appearing on June 15 in Delta Farm Press, provides some of the best reasons that growers should practice the techniques of integrated pest management: scouting their fields, measuring their soil nutrition, and waiting to use chemical intervention until it’s warranted. Spoken by an Extension professional who came from the crop consulting field, the message summarizes what the Regional Centers and state IPM Coordinators stand for. Continue reading

Why do cover crops work?

In Delta Farm Press

by Ernie Flint, Mississippi Extension Agronomist

The use of cover crops to improve soil quality and to reduce soil erosion is certainly not a new concept, but it is enjoying renewed interest. Yearbooks of Agriculture that were published by USDA include discussions about cover crops in some of the earliest issues prior to 1920.

During that earlier time agricultural workers and innovative farmers discovered the benefits of keeping the soil “alive” during the offseason. Some of the reasons for these positive results were discussed, but the main emphasis was the simple fact that it seemed to work. This same attitude exists today among most farmers even though we have a better understanding of the reasons benefits are seen.

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Assistant Extension Professor Position, Invasive Insect Management, Mississippi State University

Assistant Extension Professor, Entomology, Mississippi State University

Department Profile: The Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology pursues academic, research and extension missions within the traditions of Land-Grant Universities. The mission of the extension branch of the department is to deliver current, research-based integrated pest management education programs to the people of Mississippi. The Department offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and currently advises approximately 400 undergraduates and 50 graduate students.

Position Functions: The Department seeks applicants for an Assistant Extension Professor position who will develop and maintain a statewide extension and applied research program focused on current and emerging invasive insect pests, with special interest in developing IPM-based control strategies. This is a 12-month, 100% extension, non-tenure-track position. Continue reading

Mississippi IPM specialists encourage farmers and beekeepers to communicate

In Delta Farm Press

by Kerri Collins Lewis, Mississippi State University

Pitting farmers against beekeepers does little to solve the problems facing pollinators. “In some cases, anti-pesticide groups are using the challenges facing bee health as an opportunity to set up a very black-and-white, good guy versus bad guy scenario when it comes to agricultural production,” said Angus Catchot, an entomologist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

“In the long run, this could hurt the average beekeeper in our area because that is the only story farmers are hearing in the media. It makes them wary of having beekeepers on their property or fearful of losing important crop production tools, such as neonicotinoid seed treatments.”

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Warmer weather means more snakes

In Delta Farm Press

by Jessica Tegt, Mississippi State University

Warmer weather means wild creatures of all shapes and sizes are on the move, which makes it a whole lot more likely you will encounter a snake during the spring or summer.

The increased number of snake encounters is mostly due to movement of the reptiles from one seasonal habitat to another. Because snakes are cold-blooded animals, they rely on external sources of heating and cooling, such as the sun or a patch of shade, to regulate their body temperature.

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Mississippi researchers receive grant to research corn earworm

In Delta Farm Press

Jeff Gore, research entomologist at Mississippi State University’s Delta Research and Extension Center, is one of six scientists who have been selected to receive grants through Monsanto’s Insect Management Knowledge Program.

The program, which started in 2013 as the Corn Rootworm Knowledge Program, provides merit-based awards of up to $250,000 per award per year for up to three years for research that the company says “will not only enhance the collective understanding of insect management but help address significant challenges in agriculture.”

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Managing plant bugs requires a combination of IPM tools

In Delta Farm Press

Plant bugs have become “a nightmare to control” in much of the Delta, says Jeff Gore, and to contend with the problem growers need to rotate chemistries, shorten application intervals, plant as early as conditions allow, and consider planting hairy leaf cotton varieties.

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