We need to make some adjustment in managing plant bugs as we near bloom. Much of the cotton is at or beyond the third week of squaring, and thus, the suggested sweep net threshold can be relaxed to 15 bugs/100 sweeps. However, you should be more aggressive in situations where overall square retention is at or below 80%. Continue reading
Corn, soybeans, cotton, and wheat were down for the week. Weather and macro-economic factors triggered large declines in grains and oilseeds this week. Increased rain forecasted for most of the Corn Belt and the U.K. vote to leave the E.U. were major market movers this week. Both of these factors will continue to weigh on commodity markets as there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty moving forward for both. Continue reading at http://economics.ag.utk.edu/market/tnmkt/2016/market062416.pdf.
Corn: Since the market’s open on Monday morning, September corn futures have declined by $0.48. What exactly caused this decline? The short answer to that question is weather. The forecast for the Midwest has improved and the talk of La Nina has started to disappear. It is too early to say whether we have made a good corn crop or not. Continue reading
GREAT PROGRESS MADE WITH WHEAT HARVEST PARTS OF THE STATE NEED RAIN
Continued dry weather over most of the State last week allowed producers to make great harvest progress with wheat and hay, and had the additional effect of preventing producers from planting soybeans following wheat because of the dry soil. With some scattered showers, early planted corn is tasseling while other corn is twisting and beginning to show signs of heat stress. There were 6.2 days suitable for field work. Continue reading the Tennessee Crop Progress at TN_06_20_16. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at CropProg-06-20-2016.
Corn was up; wheat and soybeans were down; and cotton was mixed for the week. Markets will continue to focus on weather. At present, the long term weather forecast (for July-September) has above average temperatures and normal precipitation for most of the Corn Belt and mid-South. This sets the stage for continued volatility in corn and soybeans. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.
Corn: Corn futures traded lower this week due to an improved forecast for much of the Midwest. The forecast is now showing milder weather with more rainfall for most of the Corn Belt. We are in that time of year when weather now dictates the price direction of the grain market. Truthfully, the direction of the market can change from day to day based on changes in the forecast. And we all know that mother nature can be quite fickle this time of year.
The University of Tennessee Weed Tour will be held next Wednesday, June 22 at the West Tennessee Research & Education Center in Jackson, TN (605 Airways Blvd). For those of you who have not been here before, once you pull in the drive just follow the sings that read “Weed Tour”.
Instead of printing a book, we have posted on-line the weed management research trial map, weather data as well as protocols for the research trials that will be featured at the weed tour. These can be download on Ipad, notebook or other electronic device. Of course they can be accessed old school by printing.
The link for all the individual trials for the weed tour can be accessed 2016 UT Weed Tour Report
Registration will start at 8:30 A.M. and the tour will begin at 9:00 A.M. The tour will end about 11:30. will be no lunch served this year but we will have breakfast biscuits available during registration.
Threecornered alfalfa hoppers, snails, Japanese beetles, and plant bugs … should you be worried? I’ve had a variety of calls this week, but the most frequent call has been about Continue reading