I’ve received several calls this week requesting information on whether or not to keep injured cotton and management after the injury. In this brief article, I will cover the ‘keep or discard’ decision and briefly cover best management practices after the decision to keep the crop has been made. Depending on your situation, you may need to document the injury and/or keep a portion of the field to determine the yield penalty. That information is beyond the scope of this article but should be available from your insurance agent or attorney. Continue reading
I’ve visited with several over the past few days who either started planting yesterday (4/30), who plan to begin today (5/1), or who will be planting by tomorrow (5/2). While we have a few very early planting-date trials established here in Jackson, none of our large-plot trials have been planted and none of our small-plot work requiring normal planting dates have been planted either. That will change for my program today (5/1). Continue reading
Our wheat crop has matured rapidly in the relatively warm weather. Several of the fields I walk are past Feekes 8 and are quickly approaching Feekes 9. This puts us several weeks past jointing. With the head roughly 12 or more inches above the ground at those growth stages, concerns about the temperatures forecast for the weekend have been raised. Continue reading
The 2018 Cotton Focus will be held at the First United Methodist Church (200 S. Church St, Jackson, TN 38301) this Thursday, Feb. 8th beginning at 8 AM and concluding with lunch. Pesticide recertification points and CCA/CEUs will be offered. A dicamba training will be offered after lunch. Parking information and detailed agenda information is included below: Continue reading
The 2018 UT Cotton Focus is only a few weeks away. Please note we will host this year’s event Thursday, February 8th at the First United Methodist Church in Downtown Jackson (200 S. Church St Jackson, TN 38301) due to renovation of the WTREC facility.
Registration starts at 8AM and the event will end with a provided lunch. After lunch, Dr. Larry Steckel will be conducting UT Extension’s Dicamba Stewardship Training. Continue reading
In addition to the East, Middle and West TN Grain Conferences and the Cotton Focus event, UT Extension is hosting a series of meetings to be held throughout the state to prepare growers for the upcoming season. These meetings will focus on variety selection, insect and plant disease management, weed management, and other current crop production topics.
Below is a list of the production meetings to be held in January and February. Please contact your local UT Extension office for more details on time and location. Continue reading