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22
Aug
2014
Moth Trapping Report (Corn Earworm are Flying)
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

This will be the last week that moth trapping data will be reported (link here).  Results from last week indicate the the corn earworm (bollworm) flight has finally kicked off, but trap catches last week varied considerably from 2 – 213 moths per trap.  The hot spots appear to be Continue reading

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20
Aug
2014
General Insect Situation
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

Insects are predictably unpredictable, but some general observations for this current week are below. Continue reading

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19
Aug
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on August 18, 2014

 DRY WEATHER PERSISTS OVER SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE

While rains and cooler temperatures occurred throughout most other parts of the state, dry conditions continued in the southern parts of Middle Tennessee, causing stress on row crops and pastures. Statewide, insect pressure increased slightly, but still remained light compared to historic levels. Lower night-time temperatures slowed cotton progress. Continue reading at Crop Progress 8 17 14.

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14
Aug
2014
Cotton Insects – Nearing the End
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

The bollworm flight has begun in many areas. A general decline in plant bug populations is being observed, but stink bugs continue to linger. Some fields of cotton have now reached a maturity where we should and have terminated insecticide applications for plant bugs, stink bugs and bollworms. For later maturing fields, it may still be necessary to manage pest infestations for a Continue reading

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13
Aug
2014
Cotton and lightning
Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist No Comments

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I have visited several fields in the past few weeks to examine circular/slightly irregular areas characterized by wilt, severe necrosis and death. After visiting with several other specialists, it is our consensus that these injured areas were caused by lightning. Although no action can be taken to bring injured plants out of the stress, additional information on plant symptoms may help you properly diagnose the stress and reduce the amount of ‘flak’ directed at your sprayer operator. Continue reading

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11
Aug
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on August 11, 2014

LATE-WEEK RAINS HELP CROPS

Farmers welcomed much-needed rains at the end of last week. These rains provided a shot in the arm to soybeans, corn and pastures. High temperatures early in the week assisted cotton growth. These same high temperatures caused some stress in cattle. Hay producers took advantage of the dry weather early in the week until they were forced out of the fields by rain. Continue reading at Crop Progress 8 10 14.

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11
Aug
2014
Cotton Transition Assistance Program Enrollment Begins August 11
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments
Release No. 0136.14
Contact: Isabel Benemelis
(202) 720-7809
Cotton Transition Assistance Program Enrollment Begins Next Week
WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia today announced that farmers can enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) from Aug. 11, 2014 through Oct. 7, 2014.

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11
Aug
2014
Post-Harvest Weed Control
Author: Larry Steckel, Extension Weed Specialist 2 Comments

Corn harvest will likely start toward the end of this month. As the corn dries down the next couple weeks expect a new flush of Palmer amaranth. Moreover, with all the rain the first week of August any thin corn stand areas will likely have a new heavy flush of Palmer amaranth.  Though no one wants to spend more money with corn commodity price so low, it will pay off next spring to have less Palmer amaranth to mange in soybean or cotton.  Continue reading

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05
Aug
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

As reported by NASS on August 4, 2014

MOST AREAS IN NEED OF RAIN; COTTON IN NEED OF HEAT

There is general consensus that a good, soaking rain is needed across most of the State to minimize plant and pasture stress. Even through these weather conditions, both corn and soybeans are expected to produce good yields. Cool temperatures last week limited heat units for cotton, causing some producer concern. Continue reading at Crop Progress 8 3 14.

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05
Aug
2014
Save a Spray, Record NAWF=5 (Cutout)
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist Comments Off

Nodes above the uppermost first position white flower (NAWF) is a well-recognized way to monitor the maturity of your cotton crop. If you record the date of cutout, when there is an average of 5 nodes above this white flower, you can start counting down the days until insecticide applications for some insect pests can be terminated. Continue reading

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31
Jul
2014
Cotton Insects – Be Prepared to Spray
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist Comments Off

I did a pretty through job in last week’s article about addressing insecticide treatment options in cotton. We’ve been collecting a lot of data this week in our trials, primarily targeting plant bugs, and I’ve seen nothing to change my opinions. The top performers list include Acephate/Orthene, Transform and Bidrin in tests with many tarnished plant bug nymphs. Various mixes of these products with each other or with a pyrethroid insecticide are also performing well. When you start with the top performing insecticides, it is often the timing and interval of applications that makes the biggest difference in insect control. Continue reading

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29
Jul
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

As reported by NASS on July 27, 2014

COTTON IN NEED OF HEAT UNITS

The past week was very favorable for field work. Rains varied greatly across the State, providing some crops with needed moisture while leaving others stressed. With temperatures remaining cooler than normal, however, cotton growers are still concerned that the crop will not receive adequate heat units. A good general rain is still needed in some parts of the State.  Continue reading at Crop Progress 7 27 14.

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