It appears that in 2019 there will be soybeans available that will be tolerant to Liberty and Roundup. MS Technologies and Bayer announced very quietly last week the commercial launch of Liberty Link GT27 soybeans. Continue reading
SOME CROPS STARTING TO SHOW STRESS; HAY HARVESTED
Even though there were some scattered thundershowers across the State, mostly hot, dry weather across most of the State last week caused some crops to start showing signs of stress. Some showers are needed to help replenish soil moisture. The drier weather did, however, allow for active hay harvest. There were 5.6 days suitable for field work. Topsoil was 2 percent very short, 12 percent short, and 77 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 2 percent very short, 13 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Continue reading at TN_07_16_18. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at CropProg-07-16-2018.
Corn, soybeans, and wheat were down; cotton was up for the week. Another substantial drop in corn, soybean, and wheat futures prices this week as a result of positive weather forecasts and an intensifying tit-for-tat trade war with China. Cash soybean offerings in west Tennessee have dipped below $8. Prices are currently searching for a bottom as we are treading in untested waters from a technical standpoint.
In price risk management you often have to take the good with the bad when it comes to price fluctuations. To highlight this phenomenon one only has to look to the soybean and cotton futures markets from March 2018 to today. On March 1, November 2018 soybean futures closed at $10.38. This Friday (July 13) the November soybean contract closed at $8.34, a decrease of $2.04 (20% decrease). Conversely, on March 1, December 2018 cotton futures closed at 77.18 cents. This Friday (July 13) the December contract closed at 87.84 cents, an increase of 10.66 cents (14% increase). Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.
RELEASED: July 12, 2018
Tennessee Winter Wheat Production Down from 2017
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its July Crop Production report today, based on the Agricultural Yield survey conducted at the beginning of month. The report includes information on Tennessee’s winter wheat forecast.
Tennessee farmers expect to produce 18.6 million bushels of winter wheat from 295,000 acres for harvest this season. At this level, production would be down three percent from 2017 and down 17 percent from the June forecast. Based upon crop conditions as of July 1, growers expect a yield of 63 bushels per acre, down seven bushels from 2017 and down 12 bushels from last month’s forecast. Continue reading
At the moment, cotton appears to be growing almost as fast as palmer amaranth; rains and abnormally warm temperatures have promoted rapid growth and the second (or third) application of Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs) are currently being applied. With our current growing conditions, forecast, and planted cultivars, I’m applying and recommending aggressive rates; now that the root zone has expanded and N uptake has begun to increase exponentially, expect rapid plant growth to continue in areas which have adequate moisture. This blog highlights points to be considered when attempting to regulate growth in 2018. Continue reading
It is uncertain how big our moth flight will be this year. As usual, bollworm moth catches have been generally low to this point. However, you can expect activity to slowly increase, with a peak in moth activity occurring the last week of July and the first week of August. With the decreasing efficacy of pyrethroid insecticides and increasing tolerance to some Bt toxins, you should plan on using Continue reading
Now through the end of July is the critical time to manage infestations of plant bugs and stink bugs. Of course it varies considerably, but we are seeing more consistent infestations of plant bugs. Stink bugs have made a come back after very low populations last year. Clouded plant bugs are also a bigger part of the mix this year in some areas. I prefer the drop cloth during this time frame, using a threshold of 3 tarnished plant bugs on a drop cloth as the treatment threshold. As a rule of thumb, Continue reading