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Crop Progress – Tennessee and U.S.

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

THUNDERSHOWERS SLOW FIELD WORK

Spotty thundershowers, some heavy, returned to the state last week, slowing field work but bringing welcome moisture. Corn producers were getting ready for harvest, while other row crop producers were busy with weed control. Hay producers were working on their second or third cuttings. Some Bermuda grass pastures were showing signs of stem maggot infestation. There were 5.0 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was 9 percent very short, 12 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 7 percent very short, 13 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus. Continue reading at TN_08_14_17. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at  CropProg-08-14-2017.

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Tennessee Market Highlights

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

Corn, cotton, soybeans, and wheat were down for the week.

The big news this week was the release of the USDA’s August WASDE report. Full details of the report for corn, soybeans, cotton, and wheat can be found online at: Monthly Crop Comments.

Overall the report had a bearish market reaction for all four commodities with 2017/18 contracts down across the board: corn futures were down 12-15 cents; soybeans down 24-33 cents; wheat down 15-19 cents; and cotton down 2.24-3 cents. The primary driver was higher domestic yields than anticipated. National yields (the first for this crop year estimated by survey data) were: 169.5 bu/acre for corn; 49.4 bu/acre for soybeans; 45.6 bu/acre for wheat; and 892 lbs/acre for cotton. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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UT Extension Commodity Market Update

Author: Danny Morris, Ext Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Corn: September corn futures closed $0.02 lower for the week. Today, corn futures were able to recapture a portion of what was lost after yesterday’s USDA report. The latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) was released yesterday morning. This report contained very few surprises for the corn market. The USDA did lower the national yield by 1.2 bushels per acre from 170.7 to 169.5. This projected decline in the national yield did lower the USDA’s expected ending stocks for corn. Continue reading

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Tennessee cotton production forecast up 18 percent

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

Released: August 10, 2017

Tennessee cotton production forecast up 18 percent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the August Crop Production report today, showing Tennessee’s cotton production continuing to rebound. This month’s report is the first of the season to forecast row crop production.

“Tennessee’s cotton crop acreage continues its steady rise from record lows over the past few seasons, and tobacco yields are expected to rise from last season’s weather-plagued crop,” said Debra Kenerson, Tennessee State Statistician. Continue reading  at PRAUG17_TN.

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Deciding to treat late season spider mites in cotton

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments
Discoloration caused by spider mites

People are often resistant to making applications to control spider mites, particularly later in the season. I understand the reluctance to treat. We’ve all had experiences where populations crash on their own or stay limited to small areas of a field, but the reverse is also true. The threshold of 30-50% of plants showing injury with mites present is the best we’ve been able to do, but we all know that rainfall or irrigation reduces the impactsof spider mites. The truth is that Continue reading

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Bollworm / Corn Earworm Update in Cotton and Soybean

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

Good news, bad news.  The good news – I’ve only had a few calls about high infestation levels of bollworm (= corn earworm) in soybean. Most of these reports have been in late maturing soybean fields in or near the Mississippi River Bottoms. Bollworm infestation in cotton appear to be light to moderate. However, Continue reading

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Crop Progress – Tennessee and U.S.

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

HAY STOCKS PROMISING, CATTLE IN GOOD CONDITION

Mostly dry weather provided ideal conditions for producers to cut hay, with average to better than average yields reported. This is seen as a positive sign that hay stocks will be adequate going into winter. Moderate temperatures combined with good pasture conditions contributed to improved cattle condition. Crops are in mostly good condition but could use a soaking rain. There were 6.1 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was 14 percent very short, 22 percent short, 60 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 11 percent very short, 21 percent short, 64 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Continue reading at TN_08_07_17. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at CropProg-08-07-2017.

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UT Extension Commodity Market Update

Author: Danny Morris, Ext Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Corn: September corn futures declined by $0.05 this week. The decline can be attributed to a lack of weather concerns. The forecast for most of the Midwest is cooler temperatures.  On Monday, the USDA reported that 85% is already silking with 23% of the crop beginning to dough. Also, the USDA reported that 61% of the crop as being good-to-excellent. In the picture below, you can see that almost 50% of the corn crop is in the crescent shape of Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Those states were rated, on average, 63% good-to-excellent. This indicates that we ought to have a good crop if the Midwest remains cool along with ample moisture. Any forecasts with adverse conditions would trigger a small rally in corn prices. As of market close today, the average basis for new crop corn equaled -$0.14 in West Tennessee. Continue reading

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