Frequent rains have put everybody behind schedule this spring for terminating their cover crops. Termination timing impacts how quickly cover crops start to break down, potentially releasing nitrogen to corn, however, recent research suggests many cover mixtures are quite limited in their ability to contribute enough nitrogen to warrant cutting fertilizer rates. Continue reading
With weekly rains, cloudy weather, and sunny days interspersed with morning frosts, March of 2018 hasn’t been one for the record books if the goal was to plant corn early. March planted corn can yield well if we have decent conditions for emergence, however, waiting for better conditions appears to be the right thing to do for many parts of the state. Continue reading
It is getting late early with respect to burndown in Tennessee. This is particularly true for corn acres where we are well behind the burndown pace of most Tennessee springs. Typically by late March we have a good bit of corn ground burned down and often have a few acres planted. The 10 day forecast calls for a good chance of rain 7 out of those 10 days. Regardless of whether the forecast is accurate corn burndown and planting will have to occur fairly close together. Continue reading
There are many more options to control horseweed (marestail) in soybean and cotton than what was available just a few years ago. The biggest new option for many acres of Xtend cotton or soybean has been the use of Engenia or XtendiMax closer to planting than the standard 21 days before planting use of Clarity. Continue reading
The 2018 Insect Control Recommendations for Field Crops (cotton, corn, soybean, wheat, sorghum, and pastures) can be found online on UTcrops.com. Insect and disease management recommendations for cotton and soybean are also available on the mobile-friendly Field Guide website at http://guide.utcrops.com/.
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Below are links to the presentations given at the 2018 Tennessee Grain Conferences and they can also be found at http://utcrops.com/presentations.htm.
2018 Tennessee Grain Conferences
- Soybean Diseases, Dr. Heather Kelly
- No-till Planting into Cover Crops: Opportunities and Obstacles, Dr. Angela McClure
- Implications of Cover Crops for Crop and Insect Management… the good, the bad, and the ugly, Dr. Scott Stewart
- Cover Crops in Tennessee, Mrs. Lori Duncan
- Soybean, Corn, & Wheat Outlook, Dr. Aaron Smith
- Fungicides: Efficacy and Economics, Dr. Heather Kelly and Mr. Danny Morris
- Seed Protection and Emerging IPM Issues, Dr. Scott Stewart
- Farming on the Go – Apps in Ag, Mrs. Lori Duncan
- Removing Herbicide Residues from Ag. Application Equip. & Sprayers on County Roads, Dr. Fred Whitford
- Lab Update with Soil Sampling and Results Interpretation, Dr. Robert Florence
- Mississippi River and Tributaries Project, Colonel Michael Ellicott
- Being an Advocate for Ag: Role of Millennials, Mr. Greg Peterson
The Tennessee Agricultural Production Association is having its Winter Agronomic Workshop on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the Doubletree Hotel in Jackson, Tennessee. Registration will open at 7:00 a.m., with presentations kicking off at 8:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided. To review the day’s agenda, please click here: Meeting Agenda
The last day to pre-register is January 31. If you prefer, you can register at the door 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