April and May weather have not supported long stretches of field work, and some producers report not planting as much corn as intended. Have had discussions about how late to continue to plant corn since we are past the early window for what is usually optimal yield. Continue reading
A number of questions have come in over the past several days on how best to destroy a partial stand of corn and replant back to corn. Apparently there will be a significant number of corn fields that will have to be replanted. Continue reading
A number of questions have arisen on how to manage the glyphosate-resistant (GR) Johnsongrass that is very prevalent in some corn fields of south west Tennessee. Much of this corn is now in the V2 to V3 corn growth stage so some decision has to be made fairly quickly before the fields dry. Continue reading
Corn Herbicide Premixes. Judging by phone calls over the last week it seems there is a good number of questions on some relatively new corn herbicide premixes. The three newer corn herbicide premixes are Acuron, Armezon PRO and Resicore. Continue reading
Things have been busy this past month in the Tennessee variety test program as entries continue to roll in for our 2017 corn and soybean tests. This year we will be testing a total of 86 corn grain hybrids, 11 corn silage hybrids, and 195 soybean varieties across the state of Tennessee.
We know the variety test program is important to many of you. In order to make sure this program continues to meet your needs, we’d like some feedback from you!
If you are a Tennessee corn, soybean, wheat, or cotton producer, please take a few minutes to help us out by taking this survey. Producer – Variety Test Survey
If you are not a producer, but you provide folks with advice on variety selection (scout, retailer, seed company rep), then please take this survey. Industry – Variety Test Survey
Thanks for your help as we continue to figure out ways we can better serve you through our Tennessee variety test program!
With planting just around the corner, there are a few management considerations of cover crops that are being used for weed control. There is no single best way to manage all cover crops prior to any given cash crop. Tailoring the cover crop to best fit your cash crop can make a difference in the ultimate success of your weed control program. Continue reading
The new publication, “W 403: Verticillium Wilt in Tennessee Valley Cotton” provides background on Verticillium wilt, summarizes recent variety trial results, and highlights other practices that can reduce the impact of the disease. Continue reading
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