Mitchell County Ag News

Female flower bloom and casebearer sprays

Via Dr. Lenny Wells, Extension Pecan Specialist; This time of year you can get a good idea of the potential of the pecan crop. I want to emphasize the word “potential” here because at this point in the season that’s all it is. You can now see the pistillate (female) flower…
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Pecan Federal Marketing Order Referendum

Via Lenny Wells, Extension Pecan Horticulturist;

“On March 8, the USDA mailed ballots to pecan growers in the 15 states that produce pecans.  Beginning on March 9 and ending on March 30, growers will have the opportunity with their vote to express their preference for acceptance of the Federal Marketing Order for Pecans.  In addition to expressing their preference, voters will indicate their average inshell production over the four production years of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

The FMO can be approved in one of two ways.  Either 2/3rds of those growers voting approving the measure or 2/3rds of the volume of production voting in approval will cause the FMO to pass.

The qualification for a grower to vote in the Referendum is either 50,000 inshell pounds of average production over the four years OR 30 pecan acres, including planted acreage not yet in production.”

If a grower does not receive a ballot by Monday, March 14, he or she should contact the Southeast Marketing Field Office of USDA at the phone number noted below to have a ballot mailed:

(863) 324-3375
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Pecan Meeting! Wednesday Feb 3rd 12:00!!

Pecan spraying

This is a reminder of the Mitchell County Extension Pecan Production Meeting. The meeting will be this Wednesday February 3rd at 12:00 pm in the Mitchell County Ag Center. Please RSVP by tomorrow 12:00 at 229-336-2066. Dr. Lenny Wells and Jason Brock will be here to give an update on the industry.
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EPA Orders Cancellation of Dow’s Sulfoxaflor (Transform)

I just received this from the Grady County Agent, Brian Hayes;

Below is the latest on EPA’s order to cancel Dow’s Transform

By Angus Catchot, Mississippi State Extension Entomologist, Jeff Gore, Research and Mississippi State Extension Entomologist and Don Cook, Mississippi State Research Entomologist November 13, 2015

– See more at: http://www.mississippi-crops.com/2015/11/13/epa-orders-cancellation-of-dows-sulfoxaflor-transform/#sthash.e1FP2zGQ.X5cGBhld.dpuf

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