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Crop Progress – Tennessee and U.S.

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

WEATHER CONDITIONS AND AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITIES ACROSS TENNESSE FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 18 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

There were 6.7 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was 19 percent very short, 35 percent short, 45 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels were 16 percent very short, 36 percent short, 47 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Continue reading Tennessee NASS report at tn_09_26_16. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at cropprog-09-26-2016.

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Defoliation and boll opening under cooler conditions

Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist No Comments

With the exception of a few rainy days, we have had a very nice window for defoliation.  Unfortunately, the forecast for the beginning of this week (9/26-10/1) includes night temperatures in the low 50s and high 40s with daytime temperatures below 80F.  As night temperatures drop from 65F to 50F, remember that plant responses to defoliants and boll openers slow to a crawl; applications which seemingly blew bolls open within a day or two will now take much longer to work and some products will have almost no impact on boll opening or defoliation. Rates of defoliants and boll openers will have to be increased to compensate for the reduction in product efficacy noted at lower temperatures. For those contemplating a first or second shot this week there are several key points to keep in mind. Continue reading

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Tennessee Market Highlights

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

Corn and soybeans were down; cotton and wheat were up for the week. Corn harvest has progressed rapidly in Tennessee and is currently estimated at 14% above the USDA’s 5-year average. With combines rolling and storage space limited, producers are often forced to sell corn at seasonally low prices. Producers should evaluate all marketing options available to them through their local elevator, other purchasers, and brokers. One strategy that may be appealing to producers is purchasing a deferred Call option. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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When harvest equipment breaks, what is the right financial decision?

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

Producers who have an unplanned need for a harvest machine should evaluate carefully the solutions available to them. Many times, producers will make a quick decision to get harvest back rolling. The decision may be the right one, but sometimes it can have financial consequences.

The most common solutions to getting back into harvest when a combine goes down and can’t be fixed in a timely way are:

  1. Employ a custom harvester to assist getting the crop out.
  2. Lease a combine to finish out the harvest.
  3. Buy a combine for this year and future years.

Let’s look at each one of these possible solutions. Continue reading at Southeast Farm Press.

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Mitigating Insect Management Effects on Pollinators (Recorded Presentation)

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

bees-sorghum-17The Plant Management Network has released another online presentation in their “Focus on Cotton” series. This new 10 minute video offers suggestions on the steps that growers, pesticide applicators, and beekeepers can take to reduce any negative effects of pesticide applications on honey bees and other pollinators. Link below to watch this presentation narrated by yours truly.

http://www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/edcenter/seminars/cotton/Pollinators/

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Crop Progress – Tennessee and U.S.

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

ANOTHER GREAT WEEK FOR HARVEST

Continued hot, dry conditions last week were favorable for farmers and kept harvesting at a good pace. The crops that are being harvested show real overall promise for good yields. Soybean harvest is in progress and on track with the 5-year average. Double-cropped soybeans would benefit from rain to help pods fill out and pastures are showing heat stress. Farmers continue to feed hay, which brings with it fear of a shortage this winter. Tobacco cutting is progressing nicely. There were 6.4 days suitable for field work. Continue reading Tennessee NASS report at tn_09_19_16. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at  cropprog-09-19-2016.

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2016 Cotton Defoliation Strip Trial in Lincoln County, TN

Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist No Comments

A defoliation strip trial was applied in Flintville, TN (Lincoln County) this afternoon (September 16th).   A treatment list can be found by clicking here.  There are three untreated rows on both sides of the trial.  Each treatment is 5 rows wide and signs have been placed in the center of each treatment (row 3).

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