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24
Oct
2014
Wheat Planting Weed Control Considerations
Author: Larry Steckel, Extension Weed Specialist No Comments

Between trying to harvest the large crop we have in the field and working around a long wet period in October very little wheat has been sowed. Continue reading

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24
Oct
2014
Of what value are neonicotinoid seed treatments in soybean?
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

There has been a recent furor about the value of neonicotinoid insecticides such as Cruiser and Gaucho in soybean. This stems from a recent “benefits assessment” released by the EPA (http://www2.epa.gov/pollinator-protection/benefits-neonicotinoid-seed-treatments-soybean-production). This is the first step towards the banning of neonicotinoid seed treatments in soybean, mostly stemming from concerns about how these treatments affect pollinators. My response below in rather lengthy, but I wanted to get on the public record. Continue reading

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22
Oct
2014
5 things to help your farm financially thrive in 2015
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Most producers I have visited with have indicated that they did not sell enough of their crop at higher prices earlier in the year, especially considering the above-average yields. Current prices may make those record yields about a breakeven proposition if not much of the crop was forward contracted. Continue reading at Southeast Farm Press .

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20
Oct
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on October 20, 2014

RAINS HALT FIELD ACTIVITIES

Heavy rains brought most field work to a halt last week. While the rains had cleared out by Thursday, they left many fields too wet to work. As a result, there were only 2.3 days suitable for field work last week. The added moisture brought improvements to pasture condition. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 64 percent adequate and 28 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels were rated 3 percent very short, 9 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Continue reading at  Crop Progress 10 19 14 .

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17
Oct
2014
Tennessee Market Highlights
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Corn, soybeans, and wheat were up; cotton was down for the week. Decem-ber corn and November soybean futures closed up for the third consecutive week. Harvest delays have resulted in the USDA estimating that 40% of the soybean harvest and less than a quarter of the corn crop had been harvested as of October 12. The next 10 days has drier conditions in the forecast for many areas, this will allow producers to get back into the fields and continue with the estimated record harvest. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights .

 

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14
Oct
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on October 14, 2014

Persistent Rains Slow Field Activities; Benefit Pastures Going into Fall

Persistent rains allowed producers only 3.8 days of field work last week. As conditions allowed, growers planted winter wheat and harvested corn, soybeans, and cotton. There were reports of light frost in some areas of the State. The rains contributed to cattle and pasture being in good to excellent condition. Continue reading at Crop Progress 10 12 14.

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14
Oct
2014
2014 Tennessee Wheat Quick Facts
Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist No Comments

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With our fly-free date of October 15th just around the corner, several of us are beginning to think about wheat planting.  As we enter this wheat season, I hope you will find utility in our hot-off-the-press 2014 Tennessee Wheat Quick Facts Publication (W 321)which is now available online.  This document is Continue reading

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13
Oct
2014
What the FRAC? – Why FRAC code matters and understanding fungicide resistance
Author: Alice Cochran (Graduate Research Asst.) and Heather Kelly (Extension Plant Pathologist) No Comments

Fungicide resistance is a very real concern in field crops in Tennessee and as fungicide resistance continues to be reported, it becomes equally important to be aware of the FRAC code(s) of the fungicide being applied. Continue reading

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13
Oct
2014
Comments on the October 10th USDA report
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Corn production is forecast 80 million bushels higher at a record 14,475 million bushels as lower reported area is more than offset by a 2.5-bushel-per-acre increase in the yield. Corn supplies for 2014/15 are projected at 15,736 million bushels, up 129 million from last month reflecting both higher production and a 55-million-bushel increase in beginning stocks from the September Grain Stocks report.  Continue reading at Dr. Aaron Smith’s comments . Profitability update for 2015 is on pages 13-16.

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10
Oct
2014
Tennessee Market Highlights
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Corn, soybeans, cotton, and wheat were up for the week. Today the USDA released their monthly Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE). U.S. corn yields were increased 2.5 bpa to 174.2 bpa. Partially offsetting the yield increase was a 700,000 acre decrease in harvested area. The net result was a modest increase in total domestic production from the September report of 80 million bushels. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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10
Oct
2014
Tennessee October NASS Crop Report
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Corn production in Tennessee is forecast at 131 million bushels, up 5 percent from the September forecast and up 3 percent from the previous crop. Yield was estimated at 160 bushels per acre, up 8 bushels from last month and up 4 bushels from the 2013 level. Acres for harvest as grain were estimated at 820 thousand acres, unchanged acres from 2013. Continue reading at OctCrop14_TN.

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10
Oct
2014
Private Applicator Certification Deadline Approaching
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

One of our County Agents, Walter Battle, had the good idea of asking me to post this information.

Producers as the 2014 harvest continues, be mindful that on October 21st, Tennessee Department of Agriculture Private Applicator Certifications will expire. With that in mind, many University of Tennessee Extension offices are providing re-certification trainings. Call or check with your Continue reading

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