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29
Oct
2014
Insecticide Seed Treatments in Wheat … Know What You’re Buying!
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist 1 Comment

Insecticide seed treatments are not universally recommended in wheat, but they are often suggested for early planted wheat. Indeed, recent data suggests that a foliar insecticide application late in the fall or during the winter can often accomplish the same objective, sometime even better, of preventing early transmission of barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) by aphids. Continue reading

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28
Oct
2014
STAX/Farm Bill Workshop-November 20
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

You are encouraged to attend an educational meeting the National Cotton Council has scheduled to provide its members with in-depth information regarding insurance options for cotton under The Agricultural Act of 2014. The meeting will provide an in-depth look at the new Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) and the Supplemental Coverage Option. Coverage levels, expected yields and premium rates will be covered in detail in order to better equip producers with the information necessary to evaluate the insurance options for 2015. The meeting also will include an update on overall farm bill implementation and a question/answer session:

November 20, 9:00 a.m. 

West Tennessee Research & Education Center –                                                      Room A 

605 Airways Boulevard

Jackson, TN 

Co-Sponsored By:

AAM of Tennessee

Southern Cotton Ginners

Tennessee Farm Bureau

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28
Oct
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on October 27, 2014
WEEK’S WEATHER GREAT FOR CROP HARVEST AND WINTER WHEAT SEEDING

A break in the weather provided producers 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork. During this reprieve, producers harvested as much corn, cotton, and soybeans as they could, and seeded winter wheat. Harvest of each crop and seeding of winter wheat progressed to averages above last year and fell more in line with 5-year averages. Continue reading at Crop Progress 10 26 14 .

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24
Oct
2014
Tennessee Market Highlights
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Corn, soybeans, cotton, and wheat were up for the week. Soybeans led grain and oil seed markets higher this week as export demand dramatically ex-ceeded market expectations. November 2014 soybeans peaked at $10.02 this week before retreating late Friday. The November futures contract is up almost $1.00 from the contract low on October 1st of $9.04. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights .

 

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24
Oct
2014
Wheat Planting Weed Control Considerations
Author: Larry Steckel, Extension Weed Specialist No Comments

Between trying to harvest the large crop we have in the field and working around a long wet period in October very little wheat has been sowed. Continue reading

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24
Oct
2014
Of what value are neonicotinoid seed treatments in soybean?
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

There has been a recent furor about the value of neonicotinoid insecticides such as Cruiser and Gaucho in soybean. This stems from a recent “benefits assessment” released by the EPA (http://www2.epa.gov/pollinator-protection/benefits-neonicotinoid-seed-treatments-soybean-production). This is the first step towards the banning of neonicotinoid seed treatments in soybean, mostly stemming from concerns about how these treatments affect pollinators. My response below in rather lengthy, but I wanted to get on the public record. Continue reading

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22
Oct
2014
5 things to help your farm financially thrive in 2015
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Most producers I have visited with have indicated that they did not sell enough of their crop at higher prices earlier in the year, especially considering the above-average yields. Current prices may make those record yields about a breakeven proposition if not much of the crop was forward contracted. Continue reading at Southeast Farm Press .

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20
Oct
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on October 20, 2014

RAINS HALT FIELD ACTIVITIES

Heavy rains brought most field work to a halt last week. While the rains had cleared out by Thursday, they left many fields too wet to work. As a result, there were only 2.3 days suitable for field work last week. The added moisture brought improvements to pasture condition. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 64 percent adequate and 28 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels were rated 3 percent very short, 9 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Continue reading at  Crop Progress 10 19 14 .

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17
Oct
2014
Tennessee Market Highlights
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Corn, soybeans, and wheat were up; cotton was down for the week. Decem-ber corn and November soybean futures closed up for the third consecutive week. Harvest delays have resulted in the USDA estimating that 40% of the soybean harvest and less than a quarter of the corn crop had been harvested as of October 12. The next 10 days has drier conditions in the forecast for many areas, this will allow producers to get back into the fields and continue with the estimated record harvest. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights .

 

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14
Oct
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

As reported by NASS on October 14, 2014

Persistent Rains Slow Field Activities; Benefit Pastures Going into Fall

Persistent rains allowed producers only 3.8 days of field work last week. As conditions allowed, growers planted winter wheat and harvested corn, soybeans, and cotton. There were reports of light frost in some areas of the State. The rains contributed to cattle and pasture being in good to excellent condition. Continue reading at Crop Progress 10 12 14.

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14
Oct
2014
2014 Tennessee Wheat Quick Facts
Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist Comments Off

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With our fly-free date of October 15th just around the corner, several of us are beginning to think about wheat planting.  As we enter this wheat season, I hope you will find utility in our hot-off-the-press 2014 Tennessee Wheat Quick Facts Publication (W 321)which is now available online.  This document is Continue reading

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13
Oct
2014
What the FRAC? – Why FRAC code matters and understanding fungicide resistance
Author: Alice Cochran (Graduate Research Asst.) and Heather Kelly (Extension Plant Pathologist) Comments Off

Fungicide resistance is a very real concern in field crops in Tennessee and as fungicide resistance continues to be reported, it becomes equally important to be aware of the FRAC code(s) of the fungicide being applied. Continue reading

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