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19
Aug
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on August 18, 2014

 DRY WEATHER PERSISTS OVER SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE

While rains and cooler temperatures occurred throughout most other parts of the state, dry conditions continued in the southern parts of Middle Tennessee, causing stress on row crops and pastures. Statewide, insect pressure increased slightly, but still remained light compared to historic levels. Lower night-time temperatures slowed cotton progress. Continue reading at Crop Progress 8 17 14.

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18
Aug
2014
Grain Sorghum Harvest Aid Options
Author: Angela McClure, Extension Corn and Soybean Specialist No Comments

Desiccant options for grain sorghum are more limited than other crops.  Basically we are limited to glyphosate or sodium chlorate.  Aim herbicide can be included with another material where morningglory vines are dense enough to interfere with the combine.  Gramoxone is not labeled for desiccation of grain sorghum.

Glyphosate products:  apply only after seed have reached 30% moisture content or less and harvest is at least 7 days out.  Rates are from 32 oz to 64 oz/A in 10 to 20 gallons water per acre by ground or 3 to 10 gallons water per acre by air.  Glyphosate is a slow acting material and has not been shown to measurably reduce seed moisture in small plot research.  It should not be used on sorghum grown for seed production.

Sodium chlorate products:  apply 7 to 10 days before harvest at labeled rate.  There are a number of products available that have different rates of active ingredient.  Consider using the higher recommended rate if applying when weather is cloudy and/or damp.

 

 

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18
Aug
2014
Section 18 Granted for Transform in Sorghum
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

I am pleased to announce the fast action of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the EPA in approving a specific exemption allowing the use of Transform WG for the control of sugarcane aphids in sorghum.  Some specific label requirements are below. You may view the complete authorization letter here. Continue reading

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14
Aug
2014
August 12, 2014 – USDA World Supply and Demand Estimates
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management 1 Comment

Comments on the August 12, 2014 USDA World Supply & Demand Estimates including an update on the Profitability Outlook have been posted at USDA WASDE & Profitability Outlook .

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14
Aug
2014
Stink Bugs Ramping Up in Soybean
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments
Immature green stink bug

Immature green stink bug

Insect infestations have been generally mild in soybean fields thus far, but as usual, I am starting to get more calls about stink bugs and a few other pests. As other crops mature, including early maturing soybean fields, late season insect populations often concentrate in the remaining soybean fields. Let’s not forget to keep our eyes open. This may include corn earworm infestation in our latest maturing fields. Continue reading

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14
Aug
2014
Cotton Insects – Nearing the End
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

The bollworm flight has begun in many areas. A general decline in plant bug populations is being observed, but stink bugs continue to linger. Some fields of cotton have now reached a maturity where we should and have terminated insecticide applications for plant bugs, stink bugs and bollworms. For later maturing fields, it may still be necessary to manage pest infestations for a Continue reading

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14
Aug
2014
Update on White Sugarcane Aphid in Sorghum
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist 3 Comments

I wrote an article last week about a find of white sugarcane aphids in Madison County. Aphids have now also been found in Shelby and Dyer Counties, so it seems likley they could be found in any sorghum field in west Tennessee. I must emphasis that overall populations are very low and don’t appear to Continue reading

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13
Aug
2014
Farm Bill Meetings in Tennessee
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

UT Institute of Agriculture to co-host Farm Bill Information Sessions

Four meetings to be held across the state

JACKSON, Tenn. – The Agricultural Act of 2014, more commonly known as the Farm Bill, contains many changes that will affect producers.  The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture along with Farm Credit Mid-America, Tennessee Soybean Association and Tennessee Farm Bureau are hosting a series of Farm Bill Information Sessions to help producers navigate through the complexities of the new legislation and make informed decisions for their farming operations. Continue reading

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13
Aug
2014
Cotton and lightning
Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist No Comments

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I have visited several fields in the past few weeks to examine circular/slightly irregular areas characterized by wilt, severe necrosis and death. After visiting with several other specialists, it is our consensus that these injured areas were caused by lightning. Although no action can be taken to bring injured plants out of the stress, additional information on plant symptoms may help you properly diagnose the stress and reduce the amount of ‘flak’ directed at your sprayer operator. Continue reading

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11
Aug
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on August 11, 2014

LATE-WEEK RAINS HELP CROPS

Farmers welcomed much-needed rains at the end of last week. These rains provided a shot in the arm to soybeans, corn and pastures. High temperatures early in the week assisted cotton growth. These same high temperatures caused some stress in cattle. Hay producers took advantage of the dry weather early in the week until they were forced out of the fields by rain. Continue reading at Crop Progress 8 10 14.

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11
Aug
2014
Cotton Transition Assistance Program Enrollment Begins August 11
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments
Release No. 0136.14
Contact: Isabel Benemelis
(202) 720-7809
Cotton Transition Assistance Program Enrollment Begins Next Week
WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia today announced that farmers can enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) from Aug. 11, 2014 through Oct. 7, 2014.

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11
Aug
2014
Post-Harvest Weed Control
Author: Larry Steckel, Extension Weed Specialist 2 Comments

Corn harvest will likely start toward the end of this month. As the corn dries down the next couple weeks expect a new flush of Palmer amaranth. Moreover, with all the rain the first week of August any thin corn stand areas will likely have a new heavy flush of Palmer amaranth.  Though no one wants to spend more money with corn commodity price so low, it will pay off next spring to have less Palmer amaranth to mange in soybean or cotton.  Continue reading

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