Mississippi Crop Situation Podcast
Summary: The Mississippi Crop Situation podcast is provided by Mississippi State University Extension Service specialists responsible for agricultural row crops. Our goal is to provide Mississippi agricultural producers, consultants, and industry with up-to-date, timely, science-based information you can use to help maintain profitability.
Repeat guest Mary Nelson Robertson visits the Crop Doctors’ Podcast studio in Stoneville to discuss her efforts with the PROMISE Initiative with Mississippi State Extension (http://extension.msstate.edu/the-promise-initiative). In addition to the PROMISE Initiative, which is an acronym for Preventing Opioid Misuse in the Southeast, Mary Nelson’s other Extension areas include prescription opioid misuse, mental health first aid, and farm stress. Mary Nelson communicates some staggering statistics related to opioid misuse and farm stress within the farming community.
From the Crop Doctors’ Podcast studio in Stoneville, Tom and Jason have a one-on-one conversation about fungicide applications on soybean during reproductive growth stages. Topics include the history of the R3/R4 automatic fungicide application, effects of fungicide treatments in the absence of disease, and crop injury following fungicide application.
Trent and Drew visit the Crop Doctors’ Podcast studio in Stoneville to talk about soybean irrigation. Tom, Jason, Trent, and Drew discuss critical growth stages for soybean to avoid moisture stress, signs of drought stress, the use of moisture sensors to inform irrigation decisions, and the economic value of using moisture sensors.
In this installment, Dr. Erick Larson and Mr. Nolan Stapleton take a realistic look at the impacts the unseasonably high temperatures will have on this year's corn crop, especially as it hits during the early reproductive stage. Items discussed include yield drag, seed weight, and irrigation recommendations.
Corey Bryant and Hunter Bowman visit the Crop Doctors’ Podcast studio in Stoneville to discuss their first year managing research/Extension programs at the Delta Research and Extension Center. Jason, Tom, Corey, and Hunter discuss projects that have been started this year, the challenges of starting a new job, and plans for the future. Hunter also offers tips for making water run uphill.
Jay Mahaffey, manager of The Learning Center with Bayer in Scott, MS, visits the Crop Doctors’ Podcast studio in Stoneville for a deep dive into cotton management. Jay, Don, Tom, and Jason start with the thrips problem in 2022 and then discuss Jay’s evolving philosophy of setting a cotton crop up for success by utilizing early-season applications of growth regulators.
Chris Bennett from Farm Journal visits the Crop Doctors’ Podcast studio in Stoneville to tell a story from a fairly recent episode of criminal activity in agriculture that includes tomatoes, worms, Ponzi schemes, and bounty hunters.
Mary Nelson Robertson visits the Crop Doctors’ Podcast studio in Stoneville for an episode of the Why Ag series. Mary Nelson describes her path from Indianola to the University of Alabama to her work with the PROMISE Team with Mississippi State Extension.
Larry Steckel with the University of Tennessee calls into the Crop Doctors’ Podcast studio in Stoneville to relate his experience with herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth through the years. Larry, Jason, and Tom discuss the history of herbicide resistance of Palmer amaranth, tools that have previously been used to control Palmer amaranth, tools and tactics that are being researched currently, and outside-the-box possibilities for future management.
From the Crop Doctors’ Podcast Studio in Stoneville, Whitney, Tom, and Jason discuss thrips on cotton. Topics include current state of thrips infestation across the state, thrips treatments, insecticide and herbicide interactions, insecticide resistance in thrips, bioassays for resistance.
Tom Eubank with Nutrien visits the Crop Doctors’ Podcast studio in Stoneville to relate his experience with horseweed. We covered a lot of real estate on horseweed. Some topics are horseweed emergence, why it possible resurfaced as a problem this year, residual herbicides, and in-season treatments.
Drew and Erick visit with Tom and Jason from the Crop Doctors’ Podcast studio in Stoneville about initiation of irrigation in corn. We recorded this on Friday, May 13 when temperatures were high and conditions were mostly dry. Many areas received multiple rains over the weekend, but we wanted to release this episode anyway because the information is relevant when we do get to the point of irrigating corn. Topics include current crop status in Mississippi, corn growth and development related to temperature and moisture, use of soil moisture sensors to help inform irrigation decisions, and factors to consider when deciding on when to trigger irrigation.
Jason did a recent episode of the Weeds AR Wild Podcast with Tommy Butts from the University of Arkansas Systems Division of Agriculture. Jason and Tommy discuss sedge control in corn, soybean, cotton, and rice.
Hunter Bowman visits the Crop Doctors Podcast Studio in Stoneville to talk about his new role as the Mississippi State Extension Rice Agronomist. Hunter recently completed a PhD in weed science at Mississippi State. Hunter, Jason, and Tom talk about Hunter’s background in agriculture as well as some short-term plans for his new position.
Whitney joins Jason and Tom in the Crop Doctors’ Podcast studio to discuss Mississippi State Extension’s survey efforts for red banded stinkbugs so Mississippi growers and practitioners have the most up-to-date information on this important insect pest of soybean.