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Soybeans in this Copiah County field look good on June 11, 2014, despite muddy conditions that have pushed farmers throughout the state two to three weeks behind on weed control. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Susan Collins-Smith)
June 13, 2014 - Filed Under: Soybeans

JACKSON -- Although most of the state’s soybeans have been planted, Mississippi famers will have to deal with the consequences of this spring’s wet weather for the rest of the growing season.

“We never want to wish away a rain in June,” said Trent Irby, Mississippi State University Extension Service soybean specialist. “But growers are and will continue to experience some issues because of the excess rain we’ve had.”

Irby estimates the state’s largest row crop is 90 percent planted, and some fields are already in the reproductive stage.

June 4, 2014 - Filed Under: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans

STONEVILLE -- Researchers will provide farmers and consultants with insight into crop studies and listen to ideas for future projects during the June 17 field day at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center.

Corn, cotton, peanuts and soybeans will be the focus of this event, which begins with registration at 10 a.m. at the Charles W. Capps Building and is followed by a sponsored lunch at noon. Farmers registered for the field day will be eligible for door prices during the meal. Vendors will have displays and be available to answer questions.

These soybeans in Oktibbeha County were part of the crop that set a record yield of 45 bushels an acre in 2012 and 2013. The crop increased in value by $1 billion over six years. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
April 17, 2014 - Filed Under: Soybeans

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Soybeans have been an important commodity in Mississippi for more than 50 years, but recent advances have pushed the crop’s value above $1 billion.

Mississippi soybeans had a value of $267 million in 2006, $1.27 billion in 2012 and $1.17 billion in 2013. Prices have been high for the past several years, but state producers put more effort into management and increased yields to a record average of 45 bushels an acre in 2012 and 2013.

Although the value was down in 2013, Mississippi soybeans netted an estimated $993 million for state producers and remained the state's biggest row crop. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
December 19, 2013 - Filed Under: Soybeans, Agricultural Economics

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Soybeans continued their reign in 2013 as the state’s biggest row crop, posting an estimated value of $993 million, down 21 percent from 2012.

Jason Krutz, Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station irrigation specialist, uses a meter to accurately determine the moisture content of the soil in a soybean field Aug. 30, 2013, at the MSU Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Bonnie Coblentz)
September 12, 2013 - Filed Under: Soybeans, Irrigation

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Knowing when to say when is key to successful soybean irrigation that conserves water and money while producing peak yields.

As hints of water regulation on the horizon in Mississippi make water conservation a pressing issue, Mississippi State University has stepped up efforts to aid growers with irrigation decisions.

Trent Irby, soybean specialist with the MSU Extension Service, said soybean irrigation should stop after there is adequate soil moisture to ensure the seeds reach maximum size.

Trent Irby, left, demonstrated how to determine the maturity level of soybeans Aug. 30, 2013, at Mississippi State University's Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville. Producers can conserve water and save money on irrigation by correctly timing termination. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Bonnie Coblentz)
September 6, 2013 - Filed Under: Soybeans, Irrigation

STONEVILLE -- A group of soybean professionals met in Stoneville as harvest approached to learn how to be more efficient with irrigation at the end of the growing season.

Tom Eubank, a Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station soybean agronomist at the Delta Research and Extension Center, said soybean farmers need three pieces of information to know when to terminate irrigation.

Trent Irby, soybean specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, evaluates the maturity of soybean plants on Aug. 2, 2013, in a research plot located at the R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center in Starkville, Miss. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
August 2, 2013 - Filed Under: Agricultural Economics, Soybeans

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The spring’s planting challenges and last year’s Midwest drought boosted soybean prices for a while, but the winds of change are starting to blow.

Brian Williams, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the soybean market had been strong until mid-July. The market typically drops before harvest, but he said prices dropped a bit faster this year.

An adult kudzu bug, left, and an immature kudzu bug rest on a kudzu leaf. These insects entered the state in 2012 and now are a pest in soybeans. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Blake Layton)
August 1, 2013 - Filed Under: Insects-Crop Pests, Soybeans

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The kudzu bug is a nonnative insect that is becoming a management headache in soybeans and a pest in houses after just one year in the state.

The insect was first found in Georgia in 2009 and quickly spread to Mississippi and six other Southeastern states. By the end of July, it had been found in 17 Mississippi counties in kudzu, and seven of these counties had the bugs in soybeans.

July 19, 2013 - Filed Under: Corn, Soybeans

STONEVILLE – Irrigation and precision agriculture were hot topics for corn and soybean growers and crop consultants who gathered in Stoneville for a July 18 event.

Mississippi State University scientists and Extension specialists shared current research findings and ongoing efforts to determine the best production methods at the annual Corn and Soybean Field Day.

MSU’s Delta Research and Extension Center hosted the event to address numerous agronomic issues.

June 25, 2013 - Filed Under: Corn, Soybeans

STONEVILLE – Corn and soybean producers as well as others involved in agriculture will benefit from the July 18 Corn and Soybean Field Day at Mississippi State University’s Delta Research and Extension Center.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. in the Charles W. Capps Building. Booths and vendors will showcase some of the latest tools in precision agriculture, irrigation efficiency and application technology until 2:30 p.m.

A week of mostly good planting weather helped growers make progress planting the state's soybean crop. By May 26, about 32 percent had emerged. In a typical year, nearly 80 percent of the crop would be out of the ground. (File Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Marco Nicovich)
May 31, 2013 - Filed Under: Soybeans

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Many Mississippi farmers celebrated Memorial Day in their tractor seats as they took full advantage of about a week of good weather to make significant strides in planting.

A nearly unbroken string of rains kept farmers mostly out of the fields through the early-spring planting window. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s May 26 Crop Progress and Condition Report shows their efforts to catch up.

May 23, 2013 - Filed Under: Soybeans, Invasive Plants

STONEVILLE – Soybean growers and consultants will benefit from an upcoming tour that teaches control measures for a springtime weed that plagues fields every year.

Mississippi State University’s Delta Research and Extension Center will host a yellow nutsedge discussion from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 31 in the B.F. Smith Auditorium. Following a brief seminar, participants will travel a short distance to a trial area that has been established to demonstrate various tactics for controlling this weed, both before and after soybean plants have emerged.

Mississippi farmers plan to plant more corn, less cotton and about the same soybean acreage as last year. From left, soybean, cotton and corn seeds have germinated in the lab. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
March 28, 2013 - Filed Under: Agricultural Economics, Cotton, Corn, Soybeans

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Corn is the anticipated biggest winner and cotton the biggest loser as Mississippi producers shuffle commodity acres to take advantage of market conditions.

State soybean producers harvested a new record average of 42 bushels per acre. The crop's estimated value of $1.2 billion in 2012 moved soybeans to a No. 2 ranking among Mississippi's agricultural commodities. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
December 13, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Soybeans

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A new record average yield of 42 bushels per acre pushed soybeans to a record value of more than $1 billion, boosting the crop to No. 2 among Mississippi’s agricultural commodities.

Soybeans have an estimated 2012 value of $1.16 billion, up 37 percent from $842 million in 2011. Soybeans came in behind poultry but for the first time were ahead of forestry in the ranking of the state’s top three crops.

Mississippi 2012 Estimated Value of Ag Production
December 13, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Cotton, Grains, Rice, Sweet Potatoes, Soybeans, Agricultural Economics, Forages, Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Swine, Forestry, Catfish

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Significant production levels and high market prices combined to give Mississippi’s agricultural commodities over $7 billion in total value.

Mississippi State University agricultural economists gathered preliminary data from crop production reports, world agricultural supply and demand estimates, industry resources and U.S. Department of Agriculture outlook reports. They predict a $7.3 billion annual value of the state’s top crops, excluding government payments. Final figures will be available in the spring of 2013.

The majority of the state's soybeans, such as these at Mississippi State University's Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, were harvested before heavy rains Sept. 30 halted work. (Photo by DREC Communications/ Rebekah Ray)
October 5, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Soybeans

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- This year’s soybean crop is on track to set a state yield record, but much depends on whether recent heavy rains that halted harvest seriously damaged what remains in the field.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated the state’s 2.1 million acres of soybeans were 77 percent harvested by Sept. 30. Acreage is up 17 percent from what was planted in 2011.

Mississippi State University scientists are evaluating a free software tool that can increase irrigation efficiency for the state's soybean producers. PHAUCET, or Pipe Hole and Universal Crown Evaluation Tool, has the potential to reduce water pumped from the Delta's underground water supply. (MSU Ag Communications/File Photo)
September 27, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Soybeans, Irrigation, Technology

By Dr. Rebekah Ray
MSU Delta Research and Extension Center

STONEVILLE – Mississippi State University scientists are evaluating a free software tool that can increase irrigation efficiency for the state’s soybean producers.

Don Cook, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station researcher, spoke on insect issues related to the state’s primary row crops at the Agronomic Crops Field Day at the R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center in Starkville.
July 23, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Cotton, Soybeans

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Despite morning rains, about 150 people attended the Agronomic Crops Field Day at the R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center Thursday at Mississippi State University.

A bus tour took participants to six stops to view the university’s cotton, soybean and corn research and demonstration plots. Participants heard research updates and asked questions of the scientists.

Kudzu bugs, an invasive soybean pest from Asia, were discovered mid-July in Vicksburg. Mississippi State University Extension Service entomologists are monitoring the state's soybean fields and say the insect can be controlled. (Photo by USDA-ARS /Richard Evans)
July 20, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Soybeans

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Recent rains and irrigation have helped portions of Mississippi’s soybeans recover from June’s dry spell, but more moisture is needed to complete the season.

“We are thankful for the rain that we’ve received this growing season, and we all know it is a blessing,” said Trent Irby, Mississippi State University Extension Service soybean specialist. “But we still have several weeks to go in many areas, and additional moisture certainly will be needed to finish making the crop.”

Irby said the state’s soybean crop looks good.

Mississippi State University scientists at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville are trying to identify soybean varieties resistant to purple leaf blight, a disease that can reduce yields by more than 20 bushels per acre. (Photo by Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station/Rebekah Ray)
July 19, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Soybeans, Plant Diseases

By Dr. Rebekah Ray
MSU Delta Research and Extension Center

STONEVILLE – Mississippi State University scientists are trying to identify soybean varieties resistant to a disease that can reduce yields by more than 20 bushels per acre.

MSU plant pathologist Gabe Sciumbato and research associate Walter Solomon are checking soybean varieties for purple leaf blight through MSU’s soybean variety trials. Both are Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station researchers at MSU’s Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville.

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