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Threecornered Alfalfa Hoppers Damaging Young Cotton

Threecornered alfalfa hopper

• By Angus Catchot • I have had quite a few calls this year about threecornered alfalfa hoppers in cotton. There have been a few treatments on limited acres to date. In the past damage has usually been confined to field borders, but again this year it seems to be more widespread across whole fields in the areas where they ... Read More »

Across The Belt

jimmy webb georgia cotton photos

Cotton Planting Described As Mixed Bag In 2019. • By Carroll Smith, Editor • This year’s planting season has been a mixed bag with Mother Nature taking the reins in producing unusual weather in some areas of the Cotton Belt. Other parts of the U.S. cotton-growing region were somewhat dry and waiting on a rain to get seed in the ... Read More »

Researchers Examine Broiler Litter As Fertilizer For Row Crops

chicken litter

• By Larry Oldham • Editor’s note: Here are highlights of Larry Oldham’s broiler litter article. To see the complete report, go to https://bit.ly/2TTx6X1. Extensive research has been conducted with poultry litter as a nutrient source for row crops within Mississippi. Here are several considerations about including poultry litter in the nutrient program. ▶ How much is it worth and what ... Read More »

Response Of Cotton Varieties To Target Spot During 2018: Lucedale And Stoneville Evaluations

target spot msu

• By Tom Allen and Darrin Dodds • During 2018, the cotton OVT (official variety trial) at Lucedale and Stoneville was evaluated for the response to target spot. Natural infection occurred during the season and plots were evaluated for the presence (incidence), severity and defoliation as a result of target spot. Evaluations were made a single time at each location in an ... Read More »

Mississippi agriculture nears $7.4 billion in 2019

2019 Mississippi commodities

In 2019, Mississippi’s agricultural industry faced the prospect of dipping below $7 billion for the first time in eight years, but federal payments pushed its value up enough to post a slight gain over 2018. The estimated value of Mississippi agriculture in 2019 is $7.39 billion, a 0.2% gain from last year’s $7.37 billion. Included in the total is an ... Read More »

Bulldogs And Bugs Aptly Describe Catchot Household

beverly catchot

For Beverly Catchot, collecting insects has always been a family affair. “When my husband was studying entomology at Mississippi State in the 1990s, we made collecting insects a family activity. We’d all get out there with our black lights and go find specimens,” says the MSU research associate and master’s student. Catchot’s husband is Extension Professor Angus Catchot. The couple’s ... Read More »