Category Archives: Corn

2017 Insect Control Recommendations for Field Crops

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

pb1768The University of Tennessee’s 2017 Insect Control Recommendations for Cotton, Soybean, Corn, Sorghum, Wheat and Pastures (PB 1768) is now available online.  Once available, hard copies will be distributed at Cotton Focus, grain conferences, and other crop production meetings.

Some features you may have overlooked in the back of the book include:

  • Listing of insecticide classes (mode of action) and registration numbers
  • A list of common “generic” trade names for various insecticides
  • Tables ranking the relative efficacy of insecticides on common pests
  • Tips to minimize pesticide effects on pollinators
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UT Commodity Market Update 10/14/2016

Author: Danny Morris, Ext Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off on UT Commodity Market Update 10/14/2016

Corn: The latest WASDE report was released this week along with the Crop Production report. The USDA has decreased the national corn yield by 1 bushel per acre from 174.4 to 173.4. If the final yield does equate to this value, then this will be the largest corn crop on record. Despite the expectations of a very large corn crop, December corn futures have increased by $0.15 since the market’s open on Monday. In fact, corn closed at a three-month high, which is uncommon, especially during harvest. Local corn basis has continued to remain stable over the past week.

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UT Commodity Market Update 9/30/2016

Author: Danny Morris, Ext Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off on UT Commodity Market Update 9/30/2016

Corn: December corn futures have increased since the beginning of the week. This is a continuation of the upward trend we have seen in corn futures since the beginning of September. This is due in part to the realization that the USDA’s yield forecasts were a bit overzealous. That being said, we still do not know the total size of the U.S. corn crop just yet. We are still a ways off from knowing that. The USDA did indicate that the ending stocks as of 9/1/2016 were smaller than expected. Continue reading

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Mitigating Insect Management Effects on Pollinators (Recorded Presentation)

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist Comments Off on Mitigating Insect Management Effects on Pollinators (Recorded Presentation)

bees-sorghum-17The Plant Management Network has released another online presentation in their “Focus on Cotton” series. This new 10 minute video offers suggestions on the steps that growers, pesticide applicators, and beekeepers can take to reduce any negative effects of pesticide applications on honey bees and other pollinators. Link below to watch this presentation narrated by yours truly.

http://www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/edcenter/seminars/cotton/Pollinators/

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UT Commodity Market Update 9/9/2016

Author: Danny Morris, Ext Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off on UT Commodity Market Update 9/9/2016

Corn: Since the market’s open on Monday, December corn futures have increased by $0.18. Corn prices have rallied on the expectation that the USDA will be forced to cut back their national yield projections. USDA is scheduled to release their monthly report and the trade is anticipating that report will include news of a lower corn production forecast. USDA currently has the corn harvest at 15.15 billion bushels. However, Reuters took a survey of analysts that indicated that the average trade estimate for the corn crop is 15.027 billion bushels. Corn harvest is underway in Kentucky, Tennessee, and parts of Illinois. Continue reading

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Harvest some corn early for better seed quality

Author: Angela McClure, Extension Corn and Soybean Specialist Comments Off on Harvest some corn early for better seed quality

Corn harvest is underway.  Dryland yields are ranging from close to 200  to below 100 bu ac depending on location, and in specific situations, reduced ear quality may require a more timely harvest.  Continue reading

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