“Hurricane Barry gave us hardly anything. We wanted 2 inches of rain but received two-tenths.
“We have corn at black layer, although in southwest Arkansas a good deal of the corn is still young. We’re spraying a few milo fields for bollworms in north Bossier Parish.”
Scott Gifford, Gifford Crop Consulting, Manila, Arkansas:
“Plant bug numbers have picked up in cotton, and we’re treating a number of fields, although we aren’t treating for bollworms. Even with so much rain, we’ve had to spray several fields for spider mites – and it seems to be the same fields where they’re an issue every year.
“We haven’t completely dried up from Hurricane Barry. The turn rows were drying up but then another 1.5-inches of rain fell today (7/22).
“In soybeans, we’re finding many more loopers but nothing at treatment level. We’re picking up brown and green stink bugs, and we are waiting to see if we need to spray. Corn earworms are present in soybeans that range from bloom to R-5.”
Bill Brooks, Mid-South Farmers Cooperative, Alamo, Tennessee:
“I’m pleased with the cotton even after the storm (Barry) dumped 4 to 6 inches of rain across a wide area. But no flooding occurred because that rain fell over a 3-day period.
“We are trying to control growth with Pix and are beginning to see a natural fruit shed. The crop ranges from the second week of bloom to 6 to 7 nodes above white flower.
“Applications have gone out for plant bugs and we’re waiting for the bollworm flight, which usually begins at the end of July and into early August.
“We have a clean cotton crop as far as weeds go. It was a rocky start with residual applications and dodging May weather, but we’ve still done well with the pigweeds.
“A lot of corn is well into dent, and we’ve put out fungicides. Corn has certainly benefited from the weather. It still has kernel-fill ahead of it, but the rains have set it up for success. We should begin harvesting corn in the last week of August.”
Joel Moor, Moor Ag Services, LLC, Indianola, Mississippi:
“Cotton is between 12 and 20 nodes, with weeds cleaned up and layby completed. We began spraying for bollworms after finding eggs last Friday. Our threshold on the Bollgard 2-gene cotton is 20% eggs. So, folks are lining up to spray whenever the rains finally pass. We haven’t had to spray any Bollgard 3.
“Plant bugs have been spotty. We’re starting to find them in cotton adjacent to corn. Corn planting dates were so sporadic that we have to really watch the cotton field borders. We’ve been piggybacking those sprays with Pix. Most often, that’s the way we do it, but this year we’ve also applied Pix alone. The rains and low bug pressure have dictated much of that.
“Soybeans are between R-3 and R-5. A few bollworms are in the crop, and I found two redbanded stink bugs this morning – the first we’ve seen.”
Ashley Peters, Peters Crop Consulting, Crowville, Louisiana:
“We’re spraying plant bugs and doing Pix work on cotton that’s trying to cut out. A bit more bollworm pressure has developed, and we’re treating a few fields.
“Hurricane Barry was tough on one grower in Tensas Parish who received 5 to 6 inches of rain. Other than that, amounts were in the 1- to 3-inch range. That gave our corn and soybeans a nice drink. With one more solid rain, we also won’t have to irrigate our older cotton again.
“Most of the corn is done, although we do have a few young, replanted fields. The crop is shutting down quickly and it won’t be long before combines are running.
“Soybeans range from just at bloom to R-5. We’re picking up a few redbanded stink bugs but haven’t had to spray. That will likely change in the next 7 to 10 days. We sprayed bollworms this week in places.”
Andy Tonos, Delta Ag Consulting, Greenville, Mississippi:
“Plant bug numbers have been steady and some treatments are going out for sporadic bollworm eggs. The moth flight is later this year, probably because the corn maturity is also a bit later.
“There’s not much cotton in this area anymore. Those who did plant this year may be unhappy because the price fell.
“The rains from Hurricane Barry were spread out over 3 or 4 days, so the crops weren’t hurt, and growers aren’t irrigating anything this week.