Category Archives: Corn

Pest Management and Cover Crops

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist 2 Comments

There is growing discussion and interest in the use of cover crops, mostly commonly in soybean but also in corn and cotton. Some of the benefits seem pretty intuitive and include improved control of erosion and the buildup of organic matter. Another obvious benefit is NRCS programs which pay growers to plant specified cover crops. Dr. Larry Steckel and his students have also shown benefits of cover crops in reducing the emergence of Palmer pigweed and some other weeds. However, having said all that, there are some concerns and unknowns about how cover crops might affect populations of soil and seedling pests. Continue reading

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Early Corn Burndown Considerations

Author: Larry Steckel, Extension Weed Specialist Comments Off on Early Corn Burndown Considerations

The crazy warm and mostly dry February has many folks thinking about planting March corn.  If this is the case on your farm, it is time to be applying burndown. This is particularly true for fields infested with ryegrass.  Continue reading

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Tennessee Grain & Soybean Producers Conference

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist Comments Off on Tennessee Grain & Soybean Producers Conference

The 2017 Tennessee Grain & Soybean Producers Conference is being held at the Dyer County Fairgrounds in Dyersburg, TN on Thursday, February 2nd.  On-site registration begins at 7:45. The programs ends after lunch following the Keynote Address by Harrison M. Pittman, Director, National Agricultural Law Center (University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture) on “Ag Law Update: Recent & Emerging Issues for the Ag Industry”.   Preliminary Agenda (updated)

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2017 Middle TN Grain Conference

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist Comments Off on 2017 Middle TN Grain Conference

The twelfth annual Middle Tennessee Grain Conference set for Thursday, January 26 at Coffee County’s Fairgrounds in Manchester offers farmers insight to a number of emerging corn, soybean, and wheat production concerns. The conference is scheduled to get underway with registration beginning at 7:30 am. Registration is $20 at the door or $10 if participants pre-registering by Noon, Monday, January 23 through their local UT Extension office. Registration fees include the program and materials, refreshments, lunch, a copy of the conference proceedings, and a grain conference cap.   View Program

 

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2017 Insect Control Recommendations for Field Crops

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist Comments Off on 2017 Insect Control Recommendations for Field Crops

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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