Make sure you take advantage of the upcoming crop production meetings scheduled over the next few weeks. Pesticide re-certification and CCA CEU points are available at all of these meetings. Follow the links below for more information about each program and other details. Continue reading
Soybeans, cotton, and wheat were down; corn was mixed for the week. Grains and oilseeds have continued to slide lower as we progress through January. Large projected domestic and global ending stocks for the 2014/15 marketing year for corn, soybeans, wheat, and cotton loom in the back-ground. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.
U.S. feed grain supplies for 2014/15 are projected lower with a reduction in corn production more than offsetting an increase in sorghum. Harvested area for corn is increased slightly, but the national average yield is estimated 2.4 bushel per acre lower at 171.0 bushels per acre. Corn production is estimated 191 million bushels lower. Yield and production, however, both remain records. Continue reading at Comments on January 12 USDA report including Profitability Update.
Tyson Raper and Larry Steckel
During the 2014 growing season, the University of Tennessee Cotton Variety Testing program was given an opportunity to evaluate several of the new Monsanto Bollgard II® XtendFlex™ cotton varieties. Given the recent de-regulation of this trait, many may find this data of interest. (De-regulation of dicamba applications to these varieties is still pending.) Continue reading
The 2015 Cotton Focus Agenda is now available online. This year’s meeting will be held at the DoubleTree (1770 Highway 45 Bypass) in Jackson, TN on Thursday, February 12th. Registration begins at 8:00 AM with opening remarks beginning at 8:30 AM. Specialists from the University of Tennessee, Mississippi State University and the National Cotton Council will Continue reading
Corn, soybeans, cotton, and wheat were down from last week. On Monday,
the USDA released several reports including the January WASDE report.
Highlights of these reports by commodity were: Corn: Domestic yield was reduced 2.4 bpa to 171 bpa resulting in a decrease in estimated production of 191 million bushels. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.
The 2015 version of PB1768, Insect Control Recommendations for Field Crops, is now available online at UTcrops.com. Hard copies will soon be available and distributed at UT county and crop production workshops.
The following is an updated version of an older article … The next 4-5 weeks is the time to consider making a foliar application for aphids in wheat. I’ve discussed the potential value of managing aphids to prevent the spread of barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) in a previous article. A late-winter, foliar insecticide application, at least on wheat not having an insecticide seed treatment, has shown a consistent yield benefit in my testing over the last five years (figure below). Continue reading