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Crop Progress

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

SPOTTY RAINS PREVALENT ACROSS THE STATE

Depending on where you were in any given county, you either looked to the sky in hopes of a rain shower or wished the rain would stop.  In most cases, however, producers were in hopes of rain.  Crops are beginning to show signs of stress in some areas due to the lack of rain. Continue reading at Crop Progress 6 29 15.

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UT Soybean Scout Schools – July 1 and 14

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist 2 Comments
Soybean Looper
Soybean Looper

The remaining Soybean Scout Schools are listed below. These are 2-2.5 hour, field-side programs about the nuts and bolts of soybean growth and pest management. They are sponsored in part by the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board, and scouting notebooks and sweep nets will be provided to participants while supplies last. Continue reading

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Insecticide Rainfastness

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

With scattered rains in the forecast and plant bugs in our cotton, the question of rainfastness always comes up. This most common question this year has been … should I use Acephate/Orthene to get rapid knock down of plant bugs before the rain hits? The short answer is not necessarily, and let me explain why. Continue reading

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Plant growth management of new cotton varieties

Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist No Comments

IMG_1085Rains and warmer temperatures have promoted rapid growth over the past week.  Now that the root zone has expanded and N uptake has increased exponentially, expect very rapid plant growth in areas which have adequate moisture as we move into flowering.  For those who have not applied an early shot of a plant growth regulator (PGR), you should consider doing so very soon.  Several points should be considered when attempting to regulate growth in 2015. Continue reading

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Tennessee Market Highlights

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

Corn, soybeans, cotton, and wheat were up for the week. December corn is now trading above $4.00 for the first time since April 23rd; November soybeans rallied over 45 cents this week to close at $9.86, its highest level since March 2nd; July wheat traded above $5.60 for the first time since early January; and December cotton breached its 13 week high of 66.99 cents, closing at 67.16. Weather provided the primary fuel for the futures market rallies in corn, soybeans, and wheat.  Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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Palmer Amaranth Control Issues in Soybean and Managment

Author: Larry Steckel, Extension Weed Specialist No Comments

Compared to the past couple of springs Palmer amaranth control is not near as good in soybean.  There have been quite a few reports of PRE applied herbicides not performing well.   In more recent planted soybeans, poor tillage or burndown of large Palmer before planting has allowed a large infestation of Palmer amaranth to become established in soybeans. Continue reading

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