Category Archives: Cotton


Weed Tour – Wednesday June 22

Author: Larry Steckel, Extension Weed Specialist No Comments

Dear Colleagues

The University of Tennessee Weed Tour will be held Wednesday, June 22 at the West Tennessee Research & Education Center in Jackson, TN (605 Airways Blvd).  Registration will start at 8:30 A.M. and the tour will begin at 9:00 A.M.  It will end about 11:30. We will have breakfast biscuits available before the tour starts. Continue reading

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Cotton Planting Forecast

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

I’ve spoken with several who planted a few fields last week.  Soils have been a little cooler than we would prefer but it was hard to keep the planter at the shop with 60+ degree soil temperatures at 3” at 8 AM with warm temperatures in the forecast.  Moisture is currently not hard to find in most areas given you caught some of the showers Continue reading

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UT Crop Marketing Update 4/21/2016

Author: Danny Morris, Ext Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Corn: It has definitely been a wild ride in grains this week. Corn has definitely been on a roller coaster of its own. Earlier this week, corn futures traded north of $4.00 and the nearby month closed at its highest since July. However, corn futures did retreat lower today as corn futures approached the overbought territory as prices began to be met with resistance. Some of the driving factors behind the increase in corn futures is thought to be attributed to the lack of rainfall in key corn growing areas in Brazil. Other contributing factors include an increase in crude oil and higher equities. Both of which are still higher for the week as of the market’s close today. Continue reading

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Corn Planting Into Green Cover Crop April 2016. photo credit: R. Blair

Residual Control of Palmer amaranth with PRE Applied Herbicides Through Heavy Cover Crops

Author: Larry Steckel, Extension Weed Specialist 2 Comments
Corn Planting Into Green Cover Crop April 2016. photo credit: R. Blair
Corn Planting Into Green Cover Crop April 2016. photo credit: R. Blair

All the cover crops planted last year has led to many calls on management this year.  One of the most common calls is do herbicides applied to heavy and, on occasion, sometimes still very green cover get to the soil so they can provide residual Palmer amaranth control?  Continue reading

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Crop Progress – NASS

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

Light scattered showers slowed but did not stop corn planting. However, cool nighttime temperatures hampered corn emergence. Cotton and soybean producers continued to make made burndown applications to their fields in anticipation of planting. Tobacco plant production was on schedule. Livestock producers reported mostly good to excellent pasture conditions. There were 4.8 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was 8 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 17 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels were 4 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus. Continue reading the Tennessee NASS report at  TN_04_18_16. The U.S. NASS report can be read at CropProg-04-18-2016.

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UT Crop Marketing Update 4/14/2016

Author: Danny Morris, Ext Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off on UT Crop Marketing Update 4/14/2016

Corn: Corn futures traded slightly higher due to better than expected export figures from the Thursday export report. Corn prices could face a little pressure over the next few days due to favorable forecasts in key corn growing areas in the Midwest. The 6-to-10 day forecast looks to be dry with favorable soil temperatures. According to the NASS April 11, 2016 crop progress report, only 4% of the U.S. corn crop has been planted. So, we still have quite a ways to go before we see how large the 2016 corn crop will be. Continue reading

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Cover Crops: Planting Green

Author: Garret Montgomery Comments Off on Cover Crops: Planting Green

Planting Soybeans in Green CoverThere have been a lot of questions this spring about planting into green cover crops. We have conducted a fair amount of research on this at Jackson and through trial and error we have found that planting into a green cover crop can be done effectively. Controlling and properly managing the cover crop are the most important things to consider when planting in a green cover (termination 0-7 days prior to planting). Less than complete control of your cover can cause stunting or stand loss of cash crop. Continue reading

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