Category Archives: Cotton

2017 Insect Control Recommendations for Field Crops

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

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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Tennessee Market Highlights

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

Corn, soybeans, cotton, and wheat were down for the week. For the month of November, March 2017 corn futures closed down 14 ¼ cents, opening at $3.62 ¾ and closing at $3.48 ½; January soybeans closed up 20 ½ cents, opening at $10.11 ¾ and closing at $10.32 ¼; March cotton closed up 2.21 cents, opening at 69.37 and closing at 71.58; and March wheat closed down 31 cents, opening at $4.33 ¾ and closing at $4.02 ¾. Large gains in November occurred for the DJIA – up 981 points closing at 19,124 (up 5.4%), the Shanghai Composite Index – up 4.8%, and the USD index – up 3.2% closing at 101.54. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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Crop Progress – Tennessee and U.S.

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

SCATTERED SHOWERS PROVIDE LITTLE RELIEF

Scattered showers across the state brought little relief to farmers desperate for rain. Livestock producers continued to have to feed hay to make up for the lack of forage. This early dependence on hay has caused concerns there may not be enough hay to carry herds through the winter. Some livestock producers are also having to haul in water to replace drying ponds. On a brighter note, winter wheat growers were busy planting ahead of anticipated rains. Continue reading Tennessee NASS report at tn_11_28_16.  The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at cropprog-11-28-2016.

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Tennessee Market Highlights

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

Corn and soybeans were up; cotton was down; and wheat was mixed for the week. Soybean and corn futures prices had a great Thanksgiving week. January soybean futures increased over 50 cents and March corn appreciated almost 10 cents. In Tennessee, basis did soften for both commodities but net prices to producers were up for the week. The primary catalyst for the rising prices was again strong export sales. Export sales continue to remain strong in spite of the appreciating USD. The focus for the markets will continue to be export demand and South American (Brazil and Argentina) growing conditions and crop progress.  Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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Preliminary UT Cotton Variety Strip Trial Data Now Available

Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist Comments Off on Preliminary UT Cotton Variety Strip Trial Data Now Available

By Tyson Raper and Ryan Blair

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The University of Tennessee Cotton Agronomy Program provides an unbiased evaluation of experimental and commercial varieties available for production in Tennessee each year. The 2016 program consisted of Continue reading

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Crop Progress – Tennessee and U.S.

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off on Crop Progress – Tennessee and U.S.

PRODUCERS ANXIOUS FOR RAIN

The persistent lack of rain across the State still torments our agricultural producers. Pastures, which cattle producers depended on going into the winter have suffered and are, therefore, unable to provide the needed nutrition, resulting in hay to being fed earlier than normal. Additionally, the lack of rain has caused water shortages, resulting in producers having to haul water to supplement drying ponds. Winter wheat seeding has been delayed because of dry conditions which, in most cases, are producing spotty stands.Continue reading Tennessee NASS report at tn_11_21_16. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at cropprog-11-21-2016.

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Tennessee Market Highlights

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off on Tennessee Market Highlights

Corn and wheat were mixed; and cotton and soybeans were up for the week. 2016 was an excellent production year for the US: corn production is estimated at 15.2 billion bushels and average yield at 175.3 bu/acre; soybean production is estimated at 4.36 billion bushels and average yield at 52.5 bu/acre; cotton production is estimated at 16.16 million bales and average yield at 803 lbs/acre; and wheat production is estimated at 2.31 billion bushels and average yield at 52.6 bu/acre. The USDA will continue to revise production and yield estimates as additional information becomes available however at this time it is unlikely substantial reductions will occur. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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Crop Progress – Tennessee and U.S.

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off on Crop Progress – Tennessee and U.S.

COOLER TEMPERATURES ARRIVE

Cooler temperatures arrived last week, with several counties reporting the first frosts of the season. Unfortunately, the cooler weather brought little to no rain. Pasture conditions continued to decline due to dry conditions. Livestock producers continued to feed hay and haul water as some ponds were drying up. The dry weather has forced some livestock producers to cull their herds. A few wheat farmers planted their crops hoping that rain will come soon. Continue reading Tennessee NASS report at tn_11_14_16. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at cropprog-11-14-2016

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