Category Archives: Cotton

New publication: Guide to Earliness Management in Short-season Cotton Production

Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist No Comments

Tennessee cotton is finally ‘growing off’.  Still, here on the 3rd day of July, it appears few farms will reach the coveted ‘bloom by the 4th’.  Although the environment has played a dominate role in maturity up to this point, management decisions emphasizing earliness have been particularly useful in 2015.  This marks the third consecutive year in which managing for earliness has a marked effect on crop maturity by early July. earliness_2015_TN

On the heels of last year’s delayed crop, Dr. Owen Gwathmey and I began discussing potential benefits of managing a cotton crop for earliness and the management practices which encourage timely maturity and harvest with colleagues both within and beyond the University of Tennessee.  We have summarized these thoughts in the attached Guide to Earliness Management in Short-season Cotton Production (PB1830)Continue reading

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Moth Trapping Reminder

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

Just a reminder that weekly moth trap catches in pheromone traps can be accessed by clicking on “Moth Trapping Data” under Quick Links on the left menu of our news site. This includes catches of bollworm (corn earworm), tobacco budworm, and southwestern corn borer. There is nothing exciting to report at this time, but be on a lookout for a spike in southwestern corn borer catches over the next two weeks. Over the past several years, this has occurred sometime between late June and mid July.

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Crop Progress

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

SPOTTY RAINS PREVALENT ACROSS THE STATE

Depending on where you were in any given county, you either looked to the sky in hopes of a rain shower or wished the rain would stop.  In most cases, however, producers were in hopes of rain.  Crops are beginning to show signs of stress in some areas due to the lack of rain. Continue reading at Crop Progress 6 29 15.

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UT Soybean Scout Schools – July 1 and 14

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist 2 Comments
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The remaining Soybean Scout Schools are listed below. These are 2-2.5 hour, field-side programs about the nuts and bolts of soybean growth and pest management. They are sponsored in part by the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board, and scouting notebooks and sweep nets will be provided to participants while supplies last. Continue reading

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Insecticide Rainfastness

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

With scattered rains in the forecast and plant bugs in our cotton, the question of rainfastness always comes up. This most common question this year has been … should I use Acephate/Orthene to get rapid knock down of plant bugs before the rain hits? The short answer is not necessarily, and let me explain why. Continue reading

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Plant growth management of new cotton varieties

Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist No Comments

IMG_1085Rains and warmer temperatures have promoted rapid growth over the past week.  Now that the root zone has expanded and N uptake has increased exponentially, expect very rapid plant growth in areas which have adequate moisture as we move into flowering.  For those who have not applied an early shot of a plant growth regulator (PGR), you should consider doing so very soon.  Several points should be considered when attempting to regulate growth in 2015. Continue reading

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Crop Progress

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Warmer weather allowed producers to finish their wheat harvest and some ground had already been planted to soybeans.  Cotton replanting was practically finished while there was still acreage of soybeans to be replanted.  Even with the unrelenting rains that kept producers out of fields earlier in the season, a general rain is now needed to improve crop and livestock conditions. Continue reading at Crop Progress 6 22 15.

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Weed Management Research Trial Map and Trial Protocols for UT Weed Tour

Author: Larry Steckel, Extension Weed Specialist Comments Off

The University of Tennessee Weed Tour will be held Wednesday, June 24 at the West Tennessee Research & Education Center in Jackson, TN (605 Airways Blvd).

Instead of printing a book, this year 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 2015 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 at noon. Due to construction on the buildings there will be no lunch served this year but we will have breakfast biscuits available during registration.

 

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