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19
Sep
2014
Tennessee Market Highlights
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Corn, cotton, soybeans, and wheat were down for the week. Friday saw new harvest futures contract lows for both soybeans and corn of $9.56 and $3.31, respectively. The size of this year’s crop will continue to provide downward pressure for corn and soybean futures and weaken basis across the state. In Tennessee, cash corn prices dipped below $3.00 in some locations. At this time, it is unlikely that we have seen the harvest low for either soybeans or corn as the record harvest is just underway and a strong downward trend persists in futures markets for both commodities. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights

 

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18
Sep
2014
Final Bug Thoughts
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

I’m not sure what a bug thinks, but I don’t think they are deep thinkers. We have that in common, but at least I know we’ve pretty much wrapped up this season in terms of insect control. Below are the last few reminders as we close out this year’s crop. Continue reading

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16
Sep
2014
Cotton Yield Monitoring with the Case-IH and Deere Pickers
Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist 1 Comment

focus on cottonDr. Mike Buschermohle and Lori Duncan with the University of Tennessee have just released a new Focus On Cotton webinar covering the topic of cotton yield monitoring from the Deere platform.  This timely, very informative release was accompanied by another webinar by Dr. Pedro Andradé-Sanchez  with the University of Arizona covering cotton yield monitoring from the Case-IH platform (links below).  As we inch closer to this harvest season I would encourage you to visit the Focus on Cotton website and watch these videos.  Continue reading

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16
Sep
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on September 15, 2014

CORN, SOYBEAN HARVEST CONTINUES, THEN STALLED BY RAIN

Producers continued their harvest of corn, early soybeans, and milo but rain hindered progress late in the week. Though reminiscent of the wet weather that slowed plantings, these rains benefitted late soybeans and pasture. As of September 1, record corn yield and production for the State was forecast. There were reports of armyworms in Bermuda grass and disease in tobacco. Continue reading at Crop Progress 9 14 14.

 

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12
Sep
2014
Tennessee Market Highlights
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Corn, soybeans, and wheat were down; cotton was up for the week. The September WASDE and Crop Production reports were released on Thursday. The reports confirmed record domestic yields and production for soybeans and corn. Average corn yields were estimated to be 171.7 bpa for the U.S. and 152 bpa for Tennessee. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

 

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12
Sep
2014
2014 Mid-South Defoliation Guide
Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist No Comments

2014_midsoutdefolguideCooler temperatures have arrived in West TN.  Luckily, much of our cotton crop has made up a tremendous amount of lost ground over the past month and several fields will have received their first shot of defoliant by the end of next week.  With this less-than-desirable forecast and generally late crop, I would again encourage you to know your crop, know your environment/forecast, and use this information to guide your product selection and timing. Continue reading

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12
Sep
2014
What’s that white dot on this stink bug?
Author: Sandy Steckel, Extension Assistant No Comments

Green-SB-tachinid-egg-best-(2)-webActually, that’s an egg.  In fact, it’s the egg of another insect and basically, that stink bug is doomed to an untimely and gruesome death.  That egg is from a Tachinid fly (picture below).  Continue reading

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12
Sep
2014
weather.utcrops.com
Author: Dave Verbree, Crop Physiologist and Agronomist No Comments

A new tool for tracking weather, heat units, and crop progress

I needed a quick way to view and download weather data from several counties, to determine accumulated heat units for many different planting dates and crops, and to compare against the 30-yr averages for making predictions and crop management decisions. So, I developed a web-based tool with that express purpose. Just point your browser or click-on http://weather.utcrops.com and the rest should be self-explanatory. There is also a Quick Link to this site on the left menu. If you are only interested in counties in Tennessee, you can click on Continue reading

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11
Sep
2014
September 1 Tennessee Crop Production Forecast
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

NASS News Release

Crop prospects as of September 1 improved for most crops in Tennessee from August 1 forecast according to the Tennessee Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rainfall received in August improved crop conditions for most producers, depending on the stage of crops. The soybean crop is projected to be a record. Continue reading at SepCrop14_TN.

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11
Sep
2014
USDA Supply & Demand Estimates and Profitability Outlook
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Corn production for 2014/15 is forecast 363 million bushels higher at a record 14,395 million bushels. The corn yield forecast is raised 4.3 bushels per acre to a record 171.7 bushels. Corn supplies for 2014/15 are projected at 15,607 million bushels, up 826 million bushels from the previous record in 2013/14. Total 2014/15 corn usage is projected at 13,605 million bushels, up 170 million from last month. Continue reading Dr. Aaron Smith’s comments at USDA Supply & Demand Estimates and Profitability Outlook.

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10
Sep
2014
Cotton Wraps Up, Soybean Insects Build
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

Cotton:  Making insecticide applications for cotton insects at this late date is not recommended, and most folks have rightly “walked away” from fields and turned their attention to corn and soybean harvest. It is now 25 or more days past the last effective bloom Continue reading

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09
Sep
2014
What is this caterpillar in my net?
Author: Sandy Steckel, Extension Assistant No Comments

SS-Skipper (7) webThe silver-spotted skipper, Epargyreus clarus, is a butterfly (pictured below) in the insect family Hesperiidae.  It is one of the largest, most widespread and commonly recognized skippers in North America.  The wing span of an adult may reach 2.4 inches.  Wings are brownish-colored with a median row of yellowish-gold spots on the forewings and a large, median, irregular-shaped patch of white on the hind wings.  Wing fringes are dashed with white.  Antennae are hook-tipped.  Skippers are well known for their rapid, Continue reading

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