Author Archives: Justin Ballew

Question of the Week: Tall Morningglory

Last week the question was:  What is this weed? This is a tall morningglory, also called the common morning glory.  Morning glories are vines that grow all over the eastern US.  There are a number species have attractive flowers in a … Continue reading

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Rapeseed Up and Growing

Few farmers are trying rapeseed again this year after the disastrous season we had last year.  So far this year the plants are up, growing well, and looking great.  The field below was planted at the end of September. The … Continue reading

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Revised Worker Protection Standard Workshops

The EPA will have new WPS regulations that will go into effect in January of 2018.  Take a look at this PDF explaining the differences in the old WPS and the revised WPS:  WPSUpdatedComparsionHandout2016TL[2] Any grower who has any employees is … Continue reading

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Cotton Marketing News – 10/10/17

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Question of the Week: Timber Rattler

Last week the question was:  This snake was found run over on a road in Dillon.  What is it? This is a timber rattler, or sometimes called a canebrake rattler.  These venomous snakes feed mostly on rodents and are fairly docile … Continue reading

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Asian Soybean Rust Found in Dillon

This week Asian soybean rust was found in a field of R6 soybeans in Dillon.  In a 100 leaf sample, only 2 leaves were found to have a small amount of pustules. With the vast majority of our soybeans now … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: NPV

Last week the question was:  What killed this caterpillar? This is a soybean looper that has succumbed to nuclear polyhedrosis virus (NPV).  This is a virus that infects all kinds of caterpillars.  Caterpillars typically ingest the virus while feeding on … Continue reading

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2017 Harvest Getting Underway

We’re getting to the end of a pretty good growing season.  Our corn finished out well and the cotton, peanuts, and soybeans are looking good too.  Very few times this summer has it been dry enough to make our crops … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Stink Bug Nymphs

Last week the question was:  What just hatched on this soybean leaf? These are stink bug nymphs that hatched from the barrel shaped eggs to their right.  Stink bugs can be a serious pest in a number of our crops … Continue reading

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Private Pesticide Applicator Training – 10/12/17

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