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Soybean pests relatively quiet

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments
Corn earworm and pod damage
Corn earworm and pod damage

There have been only a few calls concerning soybean insect problems. Mostly what is being reported is sub-threshold infestations of stink bugs, green cloverworm, a few remaining Japanese beetles, and kudzu bugs in some areas (see previous article). As usual, we can expect things to get more active as the season progresses. Below are some things to key on. Remember that late maturing fields are generally more likley to have significant insect pests problems. Continue reading

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Market Highlights

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Corn, soybeans, cotton, and wheat were down for the week. This week, December corn and November soybean futures continued price declines that started after last week’s highs as weather remained favorable in most major production areas. Currently, the markets are approaching key resistance lev-els in December corn and November soybean futures at $4.00 and $9.60, respectively. Failure to hold prices above these thresholds could facilitate an additional futures price decline. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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Mid-South Ag Finance Conference reminder

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

The Mid-South Ag Finance Conference will be here soon. Producers in Tennessee and surrounding states will want to mark their calendar for Wednesday, August 5, 2015 for the Mid-South Agricultural Finance Conference. This annual conference will once again be held in the Boling University Center on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin in Martin, Tennessee. For more information go to Mid-South Ag Finance Conference .

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Crop Progress

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on July 20, 2015
SOME CROPS STILL UNDER WATER WHILE OTHER AREAS NEED RAIN

Even though some crops are under water from previous floods in the Delta area, topsoil moisture showed a 12 percent increase in the short category statewide and subsoil moisture increased 7 percent in the same category. Even so, most crops are in good to excellent condition. Continue reading at Crop Progress 7 19 15.

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Interesting Insects: Blister beetles

Author: Sandy Steckel, Extension Assistant No Comments

Occasionally, you catch a blister beetle in a sweep net sample in Tennessee soybeans. These large, showy adult beetles may also feed in clusters and defoliate the plants. Defoliation of soybeans in an area a big as a pickup truck is not a concern, but if it occurs over a large area, such as the size of a barn, treatment is warranted. Refer to PB 1768 for control options. Continue reading

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Watch for kudzu bugs in soybean

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

This advice is primarily for those in east Tennessee and counties bordering the Mississippi and Alabama borders. The second generation flight of kudzu bugs has been active for the past couple of weeks. I’ve observed treatment level infestations in some fields in east Tennessee and in the Memphis area. It is likley that kudzu bugs have infested and are continuing to lay eggs in other soybean fields. Below are some tips for managing kudzu bugs. Continue reading

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