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Tennessee Market Highlights

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

Corn, soybeans, and wheat were down; cotton was up for the week.
At this week’s USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum acreage estimates for 2017 were: 88 million acres of soybeans – up 4.6 million from last year; 90 million acres of corn – down 4.0 million from last year; and wheat 46 million acres- down 4.2 million from last year.
For corn, 2017 estimates were: yield of 170.7 bu/acre (down 3.9 bu/acre from 2016); production at 14.065 billion bushels (down 1.083 billion bushels from 2016); and ending stocks at 2.215 billion bushels (down 105 million bushels 2016). Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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3 reasons explain (in part) the financial optimism for 2017 crops

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

Has the tide turned for row crop producers? Profitability is looking better for cotton, corn and soybeans.

Tennessee producers at Extension meetings appear to have a guarded optimism toward 2017 production. While there may be many reasons for that optimism, there are at least three that stick out:

No. 1 – Prices have remained stable to slightly higher. For soybeans and grain, this seems to fly in the face of large supplies and projected ending stocks. We would have to go back 10-12 years for the last time ending stocks were this high for soybeans and corn. Continue reading at Southeast Farm Press.

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USDA to Collect Data on Farmland Rental Rates

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

USDA to Collect Data on Farmland Rental Rates

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Beginning this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s
National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact Tennessee farmers to gather land
rental rate information for the Cash Rents and Leases survey. The results of this survey
will serve as a valuable decision-making tool for farmers and can be used for 2018
rental agreement negotiations. Continue reading at TN Cash Rents.

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Early Corn Burndown Considerations

Author: Larry Steckel, Extension Weed Specialist No Comments

The crazy warm and mostly dry February has many folks thinking about planting March corn.  If this is the case on your farm, it is time to be applying burndown. This is particularly true for fields infested with ryegrass.  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. Compared to last year at this time corn and soybean harvest futures are trading approximately $0.05/bu and $1.25/bu higher, respectively. This will have direct implications in planted acreage this spring. The difference in prices will also alter the revenue guarantee relationship, provided through crop insurance, which will be a key factor for many Midwest and Delta producers. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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Using Correct Nozzles Correctly: Thoughts on the Additional Nozzles Added to XtendiMax Label

Author: Larry Steckel, Extension Weed Specialist No Comments

The fifth blog on stewardship of XtendiMax and Engenia on Xtend crops will revisit nozzles. Just this past Friday the EPA approved the use of 20 other nozzles and/or orifice sizes besides the TTI 11004 for XtendiMax.   The additional nozzles on the list are good with respect to having more options but keep in mind that the nozzles are only approved if used at the designated operating pressures listed on that website.  Continue reading

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NCC Survey Suggests U.S. Producers to Plant 11.0 Million Acres of Cotton in 2017

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments
February 11, 2017
Contact: T. Cotton Nelson or Marjory Walker
(901) 274-9030

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 11.0 million cotton acres this spring, up 9.4 percent from 2016, according to the National Cotton Council’s 36th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey. (see table attached)

Upland cotton intentions are 10.8 million acres, up 8.8 percent from 2016, while extra-long staple (ELS) intentions of 266,000 acres represent a 36.9 percent increase. The survey results were announced today at the NCC’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Jody Campiche, the NCC’s vice president, Economics & Policy Analysis, said, “Planted acreage is just one of the factors that will determine supplies of cotton and cottonseed. Ultimately, weather, insect pressures and agronomic conditions play a significant role in determining crop size.” Continue reading at NCC Survey.

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