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Tennessee Market Highlights

Corn, cotton, and soybeans were up and wheat was down for the week.

Soybean prices continue to whipsaw based on news/speculation regarding three issues: 1) China-U.S. trade negotiations; 2) Brazilian weather – specifically dry conditions in the northeast; and 3) export sales (1 and 2 are driving 3). Availability of export data has been reduced due to the partial government shutdown leading to a greater divergence in export sales estimates. USDA reports can be viewed as a type of baseline line that provides market participants with a common estimate to base trading decisions on. This is not to say that the USDA estimates are correct or more accurate than estimates provided through other market sources, however the USDA estimates provide an equal starting point for market participants. Individual opinions, about the accuracy of the USDA’s estimates, will deviate substantially and allow traders to roll the dice one way or the other. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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Upcoming Events

January 22, 2019 – Fayette/Hardeman County Extension Crop Production (Lone Oaks Farm, Middleton, TN) 10AM-12PM (Contact Jeff Via or Josh German for details)

January 23, 2019 – Tipton County Extension Crop Production (Farm Bureau Office, Covington, TN) 9AM-12PM (Contact Becky Muller for details)

January 25, 2019 – Gibson County Extension Crop Production (1252 Manufacturers Row Trenton, TN 38382) 8AM-2PM (Contact Philip Shelby for details)

January 28, 2019 – Haywood County Extension Crop Production (H&R Agripower, Brownsville, TN) 10AM-12PM (Contact Lindsay Griffin for details)

January 29, 2019 – Crockett County Extension Crop Production (Gibson Electric, Alamo, TN) 7:30AM-11AM (Contact Richard Buntin for details)

February 5, 2019 – Middle Tennessee Grain Conference (Coffee County Fairgrounds, Manchester, TN)

February 7, 2019 – West Tennessee Grain and Soybean Conference (Dyersburg, TN)

February 15, 2019 – Cotton Focus (West Tennessee Research and Education Center, Jackson, TN) … 8 AM-12PM (lunch provided, pre-registration is not required)

February 20, 2019 – Tennessee Agricultural Production Association Winter Agronomic Workshop (DoubleTree Hotel, Jackson, Tennessee)


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UT Extension Offers Dicamba Training in 2019

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Dicamba training is once again mandatory for all individuals applying XtendiMax, Engenia or FeXapan in 2019. Individuals who completed dicamba training in 2018 will still be required to complete training in 2019.

The one-hour Dicamba Stewardship training will be held in-person at regional grain conferences and at UT Extension county meetings held across the state. These trainings will begin January 22.

Additionally, the training will soon be available online through K@TE, the university’s learning management system for training and professional development.

Cost of the training is $25.

Go to the UT Institute of Agriculture’s Dicamba Training Information site for updates on in-person training dates as well as Continue reading

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Tennessee Market Highlights

Corn and soybeans were down; cotton was mixed; and wheat was up for the week.

The partial government shutdown has resulted in several key reports (WASDE, Crop Production, and Grain Stocks being delayed. Reports will be released, however the USDA will determine the release schedule after the government resumes normal operations. An addition consequence of the partial shutdown is the inability for producers to complete paper work at FSA for Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments. The payments were provided to producers to help mitigate the impact of retaliatory tariffs on commodity prices. The application dead-line was initially set as January 15, 2019, however USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue extended the deadline indicating: “We will therefore extend the application deadline for a period of time equal to the number of business days FSA offices were closed, once the government shutdown ends…”. This should allow producers time to complete the required paper work to obtain payments for 2018 production. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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Enlist Soybean Gains China Approval: Some Thoughts

The news this week was the China approval of Enlist E3 soybeans (soybeans tolerant to glufosinate, glyphosate and 2,4-D) for import.  China also approved the import of Syngenta’s MGI soybeans.  Those soybeans are tolerant to Callisto, glufosinate and Balance herbicides. My understanding is this MGI trait in soybeans still needs EU approval so unlike the Enlist E3 soybeans they will not be offered for sale this year. Continue reading

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2018 TN Cotton Variety Trial Results now available (PB1742)

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The 2018 TN Cotton Variety Trial Results Publication (PB1742) is now available online. This document contains detailed results from all harvested trails in the 2018 University of Tennessee Cotton Variety Testing Program.  This expanded publication follows the recently published summary publication, the 2019 TN Cotton Variety Guide (W285) which was released a few weeks ago.


The tech-trait diversity in the top performers again highlights the excellent yield potential, stability and fiber quality currently available in commercial cultivars regardless of tech platform. Trial results reported from the 2018 season include 58 varieties entered into 7 Official Variety Trials (OVTs) and 18 varieties entered into 10 County Standard Trials (CSTs).  Both OVTs and CSTs were scattered throughout TN’s cotton producing counties.  Additionally, in-season plant measurements and multi-year yield averages were reported for the OVTs.

We will be releasing results from a June planted OVT later this winter, so keep an eye out for those results on this blog.

Special thanks to all those who participated and/or contributed to the program during the 2018 growing season, and look forward to seeing many of you during our 2019 meetings.

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