All posts by Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist

Cotton response to saturated soils in West TN

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Authors: Avat Shekoofa and Tyson Raper

Reports of ‘sudden wilt’, ‘parawilt’, or ‘wet wilt’ began Wednesday afternoon and continued through Thursday. This article briefly explains the phenomena and discusses management during recovery. 

Fig. 1: Prolonged periods of saturation resulted in wilt in many areas of West Tennessee following Hurricane Barry. 18 July 2019

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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!