I posed this question to my colleague Dr. Tom Mueller after receiving a lab report from a tissue sample submitted from a field that had suspected dicamba injury. I wish to thank him for his thorough explanation which helps make sense of the report. His response is below: Continue reading
Corn, soybeans, and cotton were up; wheat was down for the week.
Since March 1st, September cash corn prices, in Tennessee, have traded between
$3.37 and $4.12, a range of 75 cents (for reported elevator and barge
point locations). Lower middle Tennessee has had the highest September
cash price offerings ($3.70 to $4.12) while Northwest Tennessee has had the lowest ($3.37 to $4.00). Currently, harvest cash prices are trading in the middle-to upper portion of this 5-month range ($3.72 to $4.01). Given the above average growing conditions
(91% of the corn crop in Tennessee is rated good-to-excellent) producers should consider pricing some additional production. Anticipated above average yields and prices (buoyed be drought concerns in the Northern plains) provide producers an excellent opportunity
to market additional crop at profitable levels. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.
Think you are seeing target spot in your cotton? Make sure to double check it’s not just bacterial blight… Continue reading
Reports continue to indicate moderate but variable infestations of TARNSIHED PLANT BUG in cotton. It’s time to switch over to drop cloth samples in most fields. The drop cloth is a preferred method of sampling for immatures, and remember the recommended treatment threshold is an average of Continue reading
Just a quick update … sugarcane aphids are now present statewide at some level, and there are some fields where treatment of grain, forage or sweet sorghum is needed. As for insecticide options, only Sivanto prime is labeled for use. The label in grain and sweet sorghum allows application at rates up to 10.5 oz/acre, however, I suggest a rate of 4 oz/acre. I’ve had excellent success with this rate.
“I can’t keep dicamba in the field” has been a frequent comment I have heard from many frustrated folks who have followed the rules and tried their best not to drift on their neighbors. Continue reading
FARMERS RETURN TO FIELDS
Drier conditions brought high temperatures and allowed farmers back into their fields. Soybean producers were wrapping up planting while corn producers were applying fungicides. Most farmers are reporting that their crops are looking good. The increased moisture levels from recent rains have had a slight adverse effect on tobacco. The higher temperatures slowed pasture growth, but, for the most part, pastures remained in good shape. There were 5.5 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was 4 percent short, 87 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 4 percent short, 88 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus. Continue reading at TN_07_17_17. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at CropProg-07-17-2017.