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Tennessee Market Highlights

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

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

The average cash price for a bushel of soybeans, in Tennessee, fell to $8.94
on Thursday, June 22. This is the lowest average price since March 15, 2016.
Similarly, harvest cash forward contracts (October/November delivery)
dipped to an average of $9.01/bu, the lowest since March 18, 2016.  For soybean prices to improve, it is likely that one (or both of the following will need to happen: 1) export sales will need to rebound – export sales for this marketing year have been strong, however recent weeks export sales commitments have been underwhelming (4.2 million bushels this past (reported) week for the 2016/17 and 2017/18 marketing years combined) and sales commitments for the 2017/18 marketing year are substantially lower than past years (3.4 MMT compared to 6.2, 6.0, and 10.3 MMT for the previous 3 years at the same time in the marketing year); Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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Foliar Diseases and Fungicide Applications in Corn

Author: Heather Marie Kelly, Extension Plant Pathologist No Comments

Trying to decide whether or not to spray fungicide on your corn? First, you should scout for diseases and consider your disease risk. Southern rust has been reported in TX, MS, AL, AR, GA, and FL and with the tropical storm there is a good chance spores have been blown in to TN and the wet, overcast weather provides the perfect environment for disease development. Continue reading

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Kudzu Bug Migration into Soybean

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

I’ve been watching kudzu bug populations on kudzu, and I am now seeing late-instar immature stages and next-generation adults. This means we will start seeing adults migrating into some soybean fields. With the mild winter and early spring, this migration will be sooner than we’ve seen in the past. We might have expected it to be larger also, but populations on kudzu do not seem especially high. A fungus (Beauveria bassiana) has helped considerably at reducing populations of kudzu bug , and I’m hoping we again see the benefits this year. You will notice a fuzzy white fungus growing on dead nymphs and adults when they are filled by Beauveria. Continue reading

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Crop Progress – Tennessee and U.S.

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

WHEAT HARVEST, CORN, SOYBEANS, COTTON CROPS PROGRESSING WELL

Wheat harvest was ahead of schedule, with soybeans, corn, and cotton progressing well. Some eastern counties had excessively wet soil that slowed hay harvesting and field work. Winter wheat yield was above average in most of the central and western regions. Pasture conditions were fair to excellent except in some eastern counties. Hay quality may have been affected by recent rains. There were 5.2 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 74 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 81 percent adequate and 13 percent surplus. Continue reading at TN_06_19_17. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at CropProg-06-19-2017.

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2017 Soybean Scout Schools in July (Final Details)

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments
Looper (2 pair of prolegs)

The 2017 Soybean Scout Schools have been scheduled for three locations. Scout schools are sponsored by the Tennessee Promotion Board. They typically last 2-2.5 hours and provide hands-on training on the basics of soybean growth and the scouting and management of weeds, insects, and diseases. Participants will receive a scouting notebook and complimentary sweep net while supplies last. Pesticide recertification points and CCA CEU points are offered. See below for details, and updates and reminders will be posted in future articles. Continue reading

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Cotton Nitrogen Management, 2017 comments

Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist 2 Comments

For much of West Tennessee, the time frame in which to apply Nitrogen (N) is quickly closing.  After accumulating an impressive number of DD60s last week and catching a nice rainfall over the weekend, the crop is beginning to grow rapidly.  This post intends to highlight a few key points in proper N management with recent research results while touching on some exciting in-field experiments. Continue reading

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Section 18 (Emergency Exemption) Label for Sivanto Prime in Sweet Sorghum

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

The EPA has granted our request for an emergency exemption, allowing the use of Sivanto prime in sweet sorghum for the control of sugarcane aphids.  The section 18 label allows for use up to 10.5 oz/acre in a single application. However, testing in grain sorghum indicates 4-5 oz/acre provides excellent control. Application restrictions are Continue reading

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Weed Tour is Wednesday

Author: Ginger Rowsey, Marketing and Communications No Comments

Dr. Steckel tells you what you can see at the Weed Tour this Wednesday (6/21/17) at the West Tennessee AgResearch & Education Center.

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