The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds all producers in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, including fruit, vegetable, and nursery producers that they need to have their Highly Erodible Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) on file with their local USDA Service Center by June 1, 2015. Continue reading at June 1 2015 USDA deadline.
To keep or replant, that is the question-
Heavy rains immediately following planting have forced many to consider this age-old question. Although this is not new territory for many, there are a few points that should be kept in mind when deciding which action (if any) should be taken.
Dry weather held on long enough to allow some producers to finish planting their field crops and harvest their first cutting of hay; however, the rains have returned and been beneficial to some crops while catching some producers with hay on the ground and some acreage still to be planted. Greenhouse tomatoes are being harvested and showing little to no insects or diseases. There were 3.4 days suitable for field work last week. Continue reading at Crop Progress 5 26 15.
It will not be surprising to hear reports on cotton burn from herbicide tankmixes over the next week or so for two reasons. Continue reading
The annual UT Cotton Scout School will be held on Friday, May 29th in Room A at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center (605 Airways Blvd, Jackson). Registration will begin at 8:00 AM with the official program starting at 8:30. It will end with a lunch, but those interested can attend a short ‘go to the field’ session after lunch. We hope to increase the hands-on portion of the program this year. Topics will include crop development, insect and weed identification, scouting techniques, and more. No registration fee or preregistration is required.
Corn, soybeans, and cotton were down; wheat was up for the week. September corn futures have stayed above the contract low established back on October 1, 2014 of $3.54 ¾. Nationally, planting and growing conditions have been excellent year-to-date, so corn futures being able to hold this key level of support is a positive. That being said, if above average growing conditions persist and acreage is affirmed at or above current USDA estimates this threshold could be breached. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.
As expected carryover injury from fomesafen (Flexstar, Prefix, Reflex, Intimidator, Marvel, Dawn, Rhythm, etc.) is starting to show in some fields. The reason it is showing now is due to all the rain allowing any herbicide carryover to more completely get into the soil solution. Continue reading
The large rain event over the weekend really was needed and from a weed control perspective greatly helped activate PRE applied herbicides. Unfortunately, the long dry spell before that allowed a lot of weed escapes in some fields and managing them has become a concern. Continue reading