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Tennessee Market Highlights

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

Cotton was up; corn, soybeans, and wheat were down for the week.
On Friday, USDA released three reports Winter Wheat and Canola Seedings,
Grain Stocks, and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE).
By the end of the day wheat, cotton, and corn were down and soybeans were
up. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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January 12th Supply and Demand Estimates and Profitability Outlook

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments
The UT Monthly Crop Comments are a summary of the USDA’s monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. Domestic balance sheets for corn, soybeans, cotton, and wheat are displayed along with price reaction in futures markets for each commodity on the day of the report release. Additionally, supply and demand estimates for key importing and exporting countries are provided for the current month along with change in estimates from the previous report. The Profitability Outlook section contains estimated returns per acre for each commodity based  on 2017 Tennessee state average/trend yields and current price offerings (note: cotton prices include a seed and hauling rebate). Variable expenses are based on the University of Tennessee Extension 2018 Row Crop Budgets. Prices are updated monthly; expenses are updated as warranted during the year and may be different than the expenses contained in the 2018 Row Crop Budgets. This section provides an estimation of the current relative profitability amongst major row crops in Tennessee.
The report is prepared monthly by Dr. Aaron Smith and Chuck Danehower.
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UT Extension Crop Budgets

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

The 2018 Tennessee Row Crop Budgets were developed to assist producers and other  agricultural decision makers to evaluate the returns of different row cropping alternatives. The budgets developed use production alternatives, management strategies, machinery, and inputs that are commonly utilized in row crop production in Tennessee. Given the diverse nature of row crop production in the state, it is impossible to account for all possible production scenarios and circumstances. As such, this guide should be utilized to assist decision makers in their annual planning efforts. To develop a custom budget for a specific field or operation interested parties are strongly encouraged to use the Excel-based spreadsheet available for download below. The spreadsheet uses the same format as the budgets contained in the PDF documents; however, it allows the user to change yields, input quantities, input prices, machinery costs, and add additional costs that are specific to a field or enterprise. This allows users to adjust for region- and site-specific production methodology and input selections. Continue reading at UT Crop Budgets.

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2017 TN Cotton Variety Trial Results now available (PB1742)

Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist No Comments
The 2017 TN Cotton Variety Trial Results Publication is now available online. This document contains detailed results from all harvested trails in the 2017 University of Tennessee Cotton Variety Testing Program.  This expanded publication follows the recently published summary publication, 2017 TN Cotton Variety Guide (W285), which was released a few weeks ago.

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Launch of New Soybean Insect ‘App’

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

A new web-based field guide for soybean insects has been launched. This site performs like an ‘app’ wherever you have cellular service and provides general information about common pests, suggestion for samplings, recommended insecticide treatment thresholds, photos, and management recommendations (including insecticide selection).

This site is complimentary of the cotton insect field guide and disease guides for soybean, cotton and wheat developed by Dr. Heather Kelly. You can access the “UT Disease and Insect Field Guides” directly at http://guide.utcrops.com/ or from the menu on the UTcrops News Blog at http://news.utcrops.com/.

Tip – Save the UTcrops News Blog website to the home screen of your Android, iPhone or iPad to have app-like access to content including this news feed, the above field guides, UTcrops.com, and other content.

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UT Extension County Meeting Schedule, January/February

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

In addition to the East, Middle and West TN Grain Conferences and the Cotton Focus event, UT Extension is hosting a series of meetings to be held throughout the state to prepare growers for the upcoming season. These meetings will focus on variety selection, insect and plant disease management, weed management, and other current crop production topics.

Below is a list of the production meetings to be held in January and February. Please contact your local UT Extension office for more details on time and location. Continue reading

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Record corn and soybean yields for 2017

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

Record corn and soybean yields for 2017 crop

Corn production in Tennessee is estimated at 121 million bushels, up 1 percent from the November forecast and down 3 percent from the previous crop. Yield was estimated at 171 bushels per acre, unchanged bushels from the previous forecast and up 20 bushels from the 2016 level. Acres for harvest as grain were estimated at 710,000 acres, down 120,000 acres from 2016. U.S. corn production is estimated at 14.6 billion bushels, up slightly from the November forecast and down 4 percent from 2016. Yields averaged 176.6 bushels per acre, up 1.2 bushels from the previous forecast and up 2.0 bushels from 2016. Area harvested for grain was estimated at 82.7 million acres, down 1 percent from the November forecast and down 5 percent from 2016. Continue reading at  PRJAN18_TN.

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Dicamba Stewardship Training in Tennessee

Author: Ginger Rowsey, Marketing and Communications No Comments

Before Tennessee applicators can apply low-volatile versions of dicamba herbicide in crop in 2018, they must first attend a University of Tennessee Extension dicamba-specific training.

UT Extension’s Dicamba Stewardship training is mandatory for all individuals applying XtendiMax, Engenia or FeXapan in Tennessee, not just the certified applicator.

“The goal of this training module is to Continue reading

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