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Crop Progress

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

As reported by NASS on August 31, 2015
CORN HARVEST, HAY CUTTING PICKS UP

Producers took advantage of the dry weather last week to harvest grain sorghum and corn. Corn yields are, so far, meeting earlier expectations of a good crop. Farmers are unsure of how the presence of sugarcane aphids will affect their grain sorghum harvest. Producers took advantage of dry weather during the week to make another hay cutting. There were 6.3 days suitable for field work last week. Continue reading at Crop Progress 8 30 15.

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Soybean Disease Update

Author: Heather Marie Kelly, Extension Plant Pathologist No Comments

Soybean fields in Tennessee vary in growth stages as well as amount of disease. The earliest planted fields are most likely past the growth stage of spraying a fungicide (R6-full seed), while later planted fields may still benefit from a fungicide application. Continue reading

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Tennessee Market Highlights

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

Corn, soybeans, cotton, and wheat were down for the week. This week we saw a tremendous amount of volatility in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and crude oil. The DJIA reached a 565-day low of 15,666 on Tuesday August 25th and October WTI Crude Oil futures established a new low of 37.75 on Monday August 24th. The DJIA bounced back and erased all of the week’s losses with rallies on Wednesday and Thursday closing close to where the week began. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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5 financial things to do before harvest

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

A quick yield and price assessment to estimate income along with examination of remaining outflows for the year can prevent problems before they occur. Include in the outflows- operating loan, equipment & land loans, cash rent, and an estimate of remaining expenses. Continue reading at Southeast Farm Press.

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Profitability of Canola for West Tennessee Growers

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

Article by Danny Morris, UT Extension Area Specialist – Farm Management

With commodity prices trending lower over the course of the past two years, producers are looking at alternative crops to potentially increase their net farm income. An example of this would be producers planting more grain sorghum, or milo, as they have done here in Tennessee for this crop year. Some West Tennessee growers are contemplating planting canola this year due to a canola processing facility in Kentucky and a few local grain elevators expecting to be buying stations in 2016. Continue reading at Profitability of Canola for West Tennessee Growers.

 

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Cover Crop Considerations for This Fall

Author: Garret Montgomery 1 Comment

A recent survey in Tennessee showed that 22% or our row crop acres were planted after a cover crop. In light of the PPO resistant Palmer amaranth we believe this number should go up as a good cover crop may help improve control of Palmer amaranth in an integrated system with herbicides. It is time to be making decisions about the cover crops you will be planting this fall. Continue reading

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Crop Progress

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

As reported by NASS on August 24, 2015
LIMITED CORN HARVEST BEGINS; RAIN WELCOMED

Limited corn harvest began between rains last week. Producers welcomed the rain which boosted pastures, thus improving cattle condition. The rains also helped bring a good finish to crops. Producers are cautiously optimistic about yields this season. Continue reading at Crop Progress 8 23 15.

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