A number of questions have come in over the past several days on how best to destroy a partial stand of corn and replant back to corn. Apparently there will be a significant number of corn fields that will have to be replanted. Continue reading
A number of questions have arisen on how to manage the glyphosate-resistant (GR) Johnsongrass that is very prevalent in some corn fields of south west Tennessee. Much of this corn is now in the V2 to V3 corn growth stage so some decision has to be made fairly quickly before the fields dry. Continue reading
The shortage of Caparol is apparently causing a domino effect and now I hear Cotoran is starting to become tight in some locales. As I mentioned last week, the most common way Caparol and Cotoran have been used is in a tankmix. So what are some options now that Caparol is not in the picture and Cotoran supply maybe sketchy? Continue reading
RAINS HALT FIELD WORK
Rains, sometimes heavy, brought most field work to a standstill. A few isolated cases of flooding were reported with newly planted crops sustaining some damage. Strawberry harvest was also adversely affected. The state’s wheat crop continued to look good. Pasture condition improved with the added moisture. There were 3.4 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was 4 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 32 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels were 8 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus. Continue reading the Tennessee NASS Crop Progress report at TN_04_24_17. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at CropProg-04-24-2017.
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Corn: September corn futures closed $0.09 lower for the week. The average basis for new crop corn was -$0.11 for West Tennessee.
Soybeans: November soybean futures closed $0.05 lower for the week. The average basis for new crop soybeans was -0.16 for West Tennessee. Continue reading
Corn, soybeans, and wheat were down; cotton was up for the week. Corn and wheat tumbled this week due to favorable weather conditions and in-creased projected global supplies. Weather forecasts for April-May provide no major concerns that would disrupt planting across most of the Corn Belt. The USDA estimated that over ¼ of the projected corn acres in Tennessee have been planted to date.
November soybean prices have moved mostly sideways ($9.40 to $9.65) since the beginning of April after steep ($10.20 to $9.50) declines in March. Weekly soybean export sales have tapered off as foreign buyers have turned to the record South American crop as for supply. Planting conditions will be closely monitored by soybean markets as most believe that good planting conditions early in the season translate into increased corn acreage, potentially to the detriment of soybean acreage. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.
The EPA as once again approved the Section 18 application allowing the use of Transform WG to control tarnished plant bugs in cotton. Specific restrictions are listed below and essentially identical to last year. Continue reading
The University of Tennessee Cotton Insect Scout School is scheduled for Friday, May 26 at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson. Registration begins at 8:00 AM with the program starting at 8:30. Content will include hands-on training with an optional ‘go-to-the-field session’ after a box lunch. No fee of preregistration is required.
A new web-based, mobile friendly Cotton Insect Field Guide is now available. Add this to the home page of your phone or tablet for app-like access to information on insect management including sampling methods, treatment thresholds, and insecticide selection. There are some also some good pictures. This guide (and others) can also be accessed from this news site. I hope add a similar resource for soybean by mid-summer.