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29
Sep
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

 As reported by NASS on September 29, 2014

PASTURES IN NEED OF RAIN

Dry weather stressed pastures across most of the State. A good general rain is needed for their revitalization and also to provide needed moisture for fall planted crops. The lack of rain did allow row crop producers to bring progress closer to the 5-year averages. There were 6.6 days suitable for field work last week. Continue reading at Crop Progress 9 28 14.

 

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29
Sep
2014
Tennessee Market Highlights
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Corn, cotton, and soybeans were down; wheat was mixed for the week. Corn and soybean harvests continue to produce higher than expected yields lead-ing many to believe that the already record USDA estimated yields of 171.7 bpa for corn and 46.6 bpa for soybeans will be increased in the October WASDE. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights for September 26, 2014.

 

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28
Sep
2014
Defoliation Timing in 2014
Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist No Comments

20140827_17There comes a point late in the season where defoliation timing begins to lean more heavily on the forecast and historical temperature normals associated with the current date than our maturity measurements (NACBs, %open, uppermost harvestable boll maturity as determined by the sharp-knife technique, etc.).  In West Tennessee, I would argue that we are very rapidly approaching that time frame.  The 5 day forecast here on the 28th day of Sept. for West TN indicates the next few days appear to be very favorable Continue reading

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25
Sep
2014
USDA Unveils Key New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.
Vilsack also announced that new tools are now available to help provide farmers the information they need to choose the new safety net program that is right for their business. Continue reading at USDA Farm Bill News
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24
Sep
2014
Reminder – Cotton Transition Assistance Program
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

The sign up period for the Cotton Transition Assistance Program ends October 7, 2014. Producers and landowners with a FSA cotton base are eligible to sign up and receive a payment. This program is paid on the base acres and not on planted acres. The payment rate is 9 cents per pound of payment yield on 60% of the cotton base or in other words 5.4 cents on 100% of the cotton base. Due to the Budget Control Act of 2011 this will be reduced to 5.01 cents . For more information and to make an appointment to sign up contact your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. For more information, please read  the news release

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23
Sep
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on September 22, 2014

PRODUCERS FACE WEATER CHALLENGES, WINTER WHEAT PLANTING, COTTON HARVEST BEGINS

As weather permitted, producers actively harvested spring planted crops. Some excellent corn yields were reported. A small amount of winter wheat has been seeded and cotton harvested. Cotton defoliation was delayed due to cool, cloudy weather. There were 5.7 days suitable for field work last week. Continue reading at Crop Progress 9 21 14 .

 

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22
Sep
2014
2014 Defoliation Strip Trials
Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist No Comments

lake_2014_DefoltrialWe have put out two strip trials in the past week and will be putting out several more in the weeks to come.  For those interested in taking a look at how a few of these products are working now, I wanted to pass along coordinates and treatment descriptions.  I will be updating this post as more trials go out.

 

 

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19
Sep
2014
Tennessee Market Highlights
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Corn, cotton, soybeans, and wheat were down for the week. Friday saw new harvest futures contract lows for both soybeans and corn of $9.56 and $3.31, respectively. The size of this year’s crop will continue to provide downward pressure for corn and soybean futures and weaken basis across the state. In Tennessee, cash corn prices dipped below $3.00 in some locations. At this time, it is unlikely that we have seen the harvest low for either soybeans or corn as the record harvest is just underway and a strong downward trend persists in futures markets for both commodities. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights

 

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18
Sep
2014
Final Bug Thoughts
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

I’m not sure what a bug thinks, but I don’t think they are deep thinkers. We have that in common, but at least I know we’ve pretty much wrapped up this season in terms of insect control. Below are the last few reminders as we close out this year’s crop. Continue reading

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16
Sep
2014
Cotton Yield Monitoring with the Case-IH and Deere Pickers
Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist 1 Comment

focus on cottonDr. Mike Buschermohle and Lori Duncan with the University of Tennessee have just released a new Focus On Cotton webinar covering the topic of cotton yield monitoring from the Deere platform.  This timely, very informative release was accompanied by another webinar by Dr. Pedro Andradé-Sanchez  with the University of Arizona covering cotton yield monitoring from the Case-IH platform (links below).  As we inch closer to this harvest season I would encourage you to visit the Focus on Cotton website and watch these videos.  Continue reading

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16
Sep
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

As reported by NASS on September 15, 2014

CORN, SOYBEAN HARVEST CONTINUES, THEN STALLED BY RAIN

Producers continued their harvest of corn, early soybeans, and milo but rain hindered progress late in the week. Though reminiscent of the wet weather that slowed plantings, these rains benefitted late soybeans and pasture. As of September 1, record corn yield and production for the State was forecast. There were reports of armyworms in Bermuda grass and disease in tobacco. Continue reading at Crop Progress 9 14 14.

 

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12
Sep
2014
Tennessee Market Highlights
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

Corn, soybeans, and wheat were down; cotton was up for the week. The September WASDE and Crop Production reports were released on Thursday. The reports confirmed record domestic yields and production for soybeans and corn. Average corn yields were estimated to be 171.7 bpa for the U.S. and 152 bpa for Tennessee. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

 

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