Category Archives: Cotton

Tennessee Market Highlights

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

Corn and wheat were up; soybeans and cotton were down for the week.

For the past three months, harvest corn futures prices have traded between $3.78/bu and $3.95/bu, below the projected price for crop insurance of $3.96/bu established in February. Harvest soybean futures have declined substantially (currently trading at $9.30-$9.40/bu) from the projected crop insurance price of $10.19/bu. For those that have an acceptable level of crop priced (25-65% of anticipated production) a wait and see marketing approach is likely warranted. For those with no crop priced establishing a price on a quarter of estimated production may be worth considering. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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Critters in Our Crops

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

My phone hasn’t been going crazy with critter calls, but slug injury has been the clear winner this week, both in cotton and soybean. I also want to put forth a few reminders about thrips in cotton. Continue reading

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Crop Progress – Tennessee and U.S.

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

CORN PLANTING NEARS COMPLETION

Corn producers were wrapping up planting with some switching planters over to soybeans. High winds hindered spraying and caused lodging in wheat in some areas. Hay cutting was in full swing. Although hay quality was generally good, many producers reported below average yields. Cattle producers reported a few instances of insect pressure on their herds. There were 5.8 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 79 percent adequate and 13 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 5 percent short, 77 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus. Continue reading at TN_05_22_17. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at CropProg-05-22-2017.

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UT Cotton Scout School This Friday

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

The University of Tennessee Cotton Insect Scout School is scheduled for Friday, May 26 at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson. The address in 605 Airways Blvd, Jackson TN. There is no fee, and preregistration is not required.  Registration begins at 8:00 AM with the program starting at 8:30. Content will include hands-on training with an optional ‘go-to-the-field session’ after a box lunch. Topics covered will include cotton development, identification of insects (and their damage) weed and diseases and their damage, and weed identification.

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Tennessee Market Highlights

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

Corn and wheat was up; soybeans were down; and cotton was mixed for the week. The USDA is currently projecting 2017 corn production at 14.065 billion bushels. To arrive at this number the USDA is currently estimating 90 million acres planted (82.4 million acres harvested) and a trend line yield of 170.7 bu/acre. With planting approaching 80% complete, projected yield will soon be the primary focus for traders, as small changes in yield could have big consequences in production and price. For example, if trend yield is 5 bu/acre less than the current USDA projection (165.7 bu/acre), then production would be decreased 411 million bushels to 13.654 billion bushels. If use remained at the current USDA projection of 14.3 billion, then ending stocks would be 1.698 billion bushels compared to the current projection of 2.11 billion bushels. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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