All posts by Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist

Corn and Cotton Producers’ Prevented Planting Decision

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Federal crop insurance programs have a prevented planting provision that can protect producers from the financial losses and risks associated with not being able to plant the intended crop within the desired planting period. Revenue Protection, Revenue Protection with Harvest Price Exclusion, Yield Protection, and Area Risk Protection insurance policies pay indemnities if producers were unable to plant the insured crop by a designated final planting date or within any applicable late planting period due to natural causes, typically drought or excess moisture. This post highlights several components of those provisions and provides a few examples.  

Kevin Adkins, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee

**Christopher N. Boyer, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee 302-I Morgan Hall Knoxville, TN 37996 Phone: 865-974-7468 Email: cboyer3@utk.edu **Corresponding author Continue reading


Making the cotton replant decision

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Adverse conditions experienced during or after cotton planting can negatively impact cotton seedlings and result in seedling death.  If severe, stresses can reduce stands to unprofitable yield potentials.  Unfortunately, cool nights, excessive rainfall and marginal seed quality from some seed lots have increased reports of failed stands.  Determining whether to accept or replant a marginal stand of cotton is a particularly challenging decision since many factors must be considered. The purpose of this post is to highlight a few factors to consider while making the replant decision. Continue reading


New cotton planting forecast tool from NC State

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A new, very impressive cotton planting conditions calculator has been created by Dr. Guy Collins and Dr. Keith Edmisten with help from the Climatology Office at North Carolina State University.  In this post, I highlight a few of the features and provide an example of how the calculator works.

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2019 Cotton Focus, Feb. 15th at WTREC

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The 2019 UT Cotton Focus is only a few weeks away. This year’s meeting will be held at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center (605 Airways Blvd, Jackson, TN 38301) on Friday, February 15th.   Registration begins at 8:00 AM with opening remarks beginning at 8:25 AM.  This year’s event will feature a round-table on auxin herbicide stewardship and regulation as well as a general cotton specialists’ roundtable.  Additionally, UT Specialists will be presenting information on managing resistant bollworms, variety selection,  new diseases, and economic considerations for 2019, among other pertinent information.  We will also have an update on boll weevil eradication and a report from the National Cotton Council. The meeting will close with a provided lunch.  Pesticide re-certification and CCA points will be available. Look forward to seeing you there!


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)

 


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.