Grain sorghum growers must watch for sugarcane aphid

In Delta Farm Press

It sounds like the plot of a cheesy 1950s sci-fi movie: Creatures that don’t need males to procreate. Females birth hundreds of live babies every 5 to 7 days, all of which are exact DNA clones.

Some of those can then mutate, or select for resistance to chemical weapons that control them, and their progeny will be resistant duplicates.

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Mississippi farmer finds cover crops reduce weed pressure

Planting a winter cover crop has meant healthier soils with less compaction, decreased weed pressure and better internal drainage for one Mississippi farmer.

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Mississippi leads nation in number of herbicide-resistant weed species

In this video at Delta Farm Press, Darrin Dodds says that it’s a dubious honor that Mississippi leads the nation in the number of glyphosate-resistant weeds — and pigweed (Palmer amaranth) is now at the top of that list, he said at the annual joint meeting of the Mississippi Boll Weevil Management Corporation and the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Cotton Policy Committee. He discussed the issue with Farm Press Editorial Director Hembree Brandon.

Fungicides, rotation and diversity keep peanut disease in check

From Delta Farm Press

Rainfall is a blessing most of the time for dryland peanut farmers along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but it can also be a curse for fighting peanut diseases. For peanut producer Steve Seward, crop rotation, diversity and a strong fungicide program help keep disease in check and yields consistently high.

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Deer management becoming a quandary for Mississippi soybean growers

From Delta Farm Press

Five million pounds of plant biomass — that’s about how much Mississippi’s 1.75 million to 1.9 million deer eat in a day.

And in agricultural areas a goodly chunk of that consumption consists of soybean plants, says Bronson Strickland, associate Extension professor with the Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture.

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