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31
Jul
2014
Reminder-Mid-South Ag Finance Conference August 6
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

If you plan on attending the Mid-South Ag Finance Conference August 6 at UT Martin, remember to register by  emailing  tpayne@utm.edu or calling (731) 881-7324. Additional information is at Mid-South Ag Finance Conference.

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31
Jul
2014
Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) in Soybean
Author: Heather Young Kelly, Extension Plant Pathologist No Comments

Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) has started showing up in soybean fields in Tennessee. The cool, wet season Tennessee has experienced, similar to last season, has been conducive for the disease to develop in susceptible varieties. Continue reading

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30
Jul
2014
Be on the Lookout in Sorghum
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist 1 Comment

There are several things to be scouting for in grain sorghum. Below are some suggestions and management considerations. Typically, later maturing fields will be at higher risk to head feeding caterpillars and sorghum midge, so be especially mindful if your fields are just now or not yet heading. Continue reading

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30
Jul
2014
Fall Armyworm in Double-Cropped Soybean
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

There have been several reports of fall armyworms in wheat beans. Fields with weedy grasses or volunteer wheat are especially prone to infestations. The larvae start out on grasses and move to soybean (usually after a herbicide application takes the grass out). However, fall armyworms can sometimes make an appearance even if the fields are not grassy. Continue reading

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29
Jul
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on July 27, 2014

COTTON IN NEED OF HEAT UNITS

The past week was very favorable for field work. Rains varied greatly across the State, providing some crops with needed moisture while leaving others stressed. With temperatures remaining cooler than normal, however, cotton growers are still concerned that the crop will not receive adequate heat units. A good general rain is still needed in some parts of the State.  Continue reading at Crop Progress 7 27 14.

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26
Jul
2014
Insecticides – So Many Names!
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

By request, I am providing a list of active ingredients and trade names (see below). This does not include all examples. Feel free to make comments about other “generic” trade names you may be using. Please keep in mind that formulations may vary considerably, and thus, rates may need to be adjusted accordingly. Also, not all products be labeled for the same crops. It is your responsibility to follow instructions on the insecticide label. The information below is also available in UT’s insect control recommendations for field crops. Continue reading

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26
Jul
2014
Crunch Time for Insect Management in Cotton
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

The next 2-3 weeks is traditionally the most critical window for managing insect pests in cotton. We are setting the bolls that will make or break our crop, and it is harder to recover from significant boll injury than it is to compensate for the loss of early season. This mid-flowering window is the time when immature plant bugs, stink bug, and bollworm infestations may all coincide. Moth traps are beginning to show the onset of our traditional bollworm flight. Continue reading

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25
Jul
2014
Tennessee Market Highlights – July 25, 2014
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Corn and cotton were down, soybeans were mixed, and wheat was up for the week. Corn prices have continued on their downward trend as record yields appear to be coming to fruition. Conditions could change between now and harvest however that window is getting smaller and smaller with each passing week. Continue reading at  http://economics.ag.utk.edu/market/tnmkt/2014/market072514.pdf. Continue reading

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24
Jul
2014
Southwestern corn borer flight kicking off
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

This week trapping data is not fully reported at this time, but the second generation moth flight of southwestern corn borer is really picking up in some locations (link here for latest moth trap data). Continue reading

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22
Jul
2014
Ag Market Network Cotton Market Roundtable July 25th
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

The annual Ag Market Network Cotton Market Roundtable discussion will be held Friday, July 25, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. central. A distinguished panel of cotton experts will discuss today’s cotton market including: crop conditions, domestic demand, exports and farm policy.  For more information please click on this link Ag Market Network Meeting – JULY 25 2014 . Listen live at http://www.agmarketnetwork.com/ .  

 

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21
Jul
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on July 21, 2014

RAINS HINDRENCE FOR SOME, WELCOMED BY OTHERS

With no end in sight for some producers, rains have drowned out some crop acreages and prevented planting of others. The wet weather is, however, helping soybean and corn development but heat units are still needed for the cotton crop because of its sensitivity to adverse environmental conditions. Continue reading at Crop Progress 7 20 14 .

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21
Jul
2014
As crop prices fall, can growers produce their way to profit this year?
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Recently I  discussed the need for producers to perform a mid-year financial checkup on their operation. That has become even more critical after the July 11 USDA crop report and the realization that commodity prices are in a downtrend with little prospects to turn upward. Continue reading at Southeast Farm Press.

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