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16
Sep
2014
Cotton Yield Monitoring with the Case-IH and Deere Pickers
Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist No Comments

focus on cottonDr. Mike Buschermohle and Lori Duncan with the University of Tennessee have just released a new Focus On Cotton webinar covering the topic of cotton yield monitoring from the Deere platform.  This timely, very informative release was accompanied by another webinar by Dr. Pedro Andradé-Sanchez  with the University of Arizona covering cotton yield monitoring from the Case-IH platform (links below).  As we inch closer to this harvest season I would encourage you to visit the Focus on Cotton website and watch these videos.  Continue reading

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16
Sep
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on September 15, 2014

CORN, SOYBEAN HARVEST CONTINUES, THEN STALLED BY RAIN

Producers continued their harvest of corn, early soybeans, and milo but rain hindered progress late in the week. Though reminiscent of the wet weather that slowed plantings, these rains benefitted late soybeans and pasture. As of September 1, record corn yield and production for the State was forecast. There were reports of armyworms in Bermuda grass and disease in tobacco. Continue reading at Crop Progress 9 14 14.

 

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12
Sep
2014
2014 Mid-South Defoliation Guide
Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist No Comments

2014_midsoutdefolguideCooler temperatures have arrived in West TN.  Luckily, much of our cotton crop has made up a tremendous amount of lost ground over the past month and several fields will have received their first shot of defoliant by the end of next week.  With this less-than-desirable forecast and generally late crop, I would again encourage you to know your crop, know your environment/forecast, and use this information to guide your product selection and timing. Continue reading

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12
Sep
2014
What’s that white dot on this stink bug?
Author: Sandy Steckel, Extension Assistant No Comments

Green-SB-tachinid-egg-best-(2)-webActually, that’s an egg.  In fact, it’s the egg of another insect and basically, that stink bug is doomed to an untimely and gruesome death.  That egg is from a Tachinid fly (picture below).  Continue reading

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12
Sep
2014
weather.utcrops.com
Author: Dave Verbree, Crop Physiologist and Agronomist No Comments

A new tool for tracking weather, heat units, and crop progress

I needed a quick way to view and download weather data from several counties, to determine accumulated heat units for many different planting dates and crops, and to compare against the 30-yr averages for making predictions and crop management decisions. So, I developed a web-based tool with that express purpose. Just point your browser or click-on http://weather.utcrops.com and the rest should be self-explanatory. There is also a Quick Link to this site on the left menu. If you are only interested in counties in Tennessee, you can click on Continue reading

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11
Sep
2014
September 1 Tennessee Crop Production Forecast
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

NASS News Release

Crop prospects as of September 1 improved for most crops in Tennessee from August 1 forecast according to the Tennessee Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rainfall received in August improved crop conditions for most producers, depending on the stage of crops. The soybean crop is projected to be a record. Continue reading at SepCrop14_TN.

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10
Sep
2014
Cotton Wraps Up, Soybean Insects Build
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

Cotton:  Making insecticide applications for cotton insects at this late date is not recommended, and most folks have rightly “walked away” from fields and turned their attention to corn and soybean harvest. It is now 25 or more days past the last effective bloom Continue reading

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08
Sep
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on September 8, 2014

FARMERS BATTLE ARMYWORMS

Farmers in West and Middle Tennessee reported higher populations of armyworms. For the most part, the damage caused by these pests has been confined to pasture and hay fields, with some reports of armyworms in soybeans. Corn and early soybean harvests continued between rains. Wetter conditions also delayed hay and tobacco harvest. There were 4.7 days suitable for field work. Continue reading at Crop Progress 9 7 14.

 

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02
Sep
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

As reported by NASS on September 2, 2014

CORN HARVEST BEGINS

Mostly dry conditions allowed corn producers to begin harvesting with early yields looking favorable. Soybean and cotton farmers took advantage of the dry weather to finish up spraying for pests. Higher temperatures allowed cotton to catch up to more normal development levels. Continue reading at Crop Progress 8 31 14.

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28
Aug
2014
Heat unit status in cotton
Author: Dave Verbree, Crop Physiologist and Agronomist Comments Off

Dave Verbree and Tyson Raper

As of 8/26/14, this cooler than normal year has set cotton back by 166-215 heat units depending on the planting date (Table 1). Based on the 30-yr average, we typically accumulate about 18.5 DD60s/day during this time of year which puts our cotton 9-12 days behind schedule. However, we have been accumulating about 23 DD60s/day over the past 5 days which is helping us catch up. Unfortunately, the number of DD60s per day normally begins to drop about 0.2 degrees each day at this time of year.

We need about 1625 DD60s to reach 1st open boll and some of those who planted timely, did not over-fertilize, and managed for earliness are already there. We need about 2200 DD60s to reach maturity so we hope the above average temperatures will stick around a few more weeks. Realistically, most of us should expect cool temperatures during defoliation and plan to use a two-pass approach, relying more on our herbicidal defoliants to finish off the job. We will post more about defoliation in the coming weeks.

Table 1. Accumulated heat units (DD60s) for Jackson, TN by planting date.

Planting date 2014 30-yr avg. Difference
May 1 1758 1924 166
May 8 1716 1884 168
May 15 1616 1831 215
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27
Aug
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

 As reported by NASS on August 25, 2014

SCATTERED SHOWERS PROVIDE RELIEF TO CROPS

In spite of the rapid return to more normal August temperatures, rains over some crop producing areas provided a needed boost. In some areas, dry conditions still persist and crop and pasture stress is prevalent. Cotton growers would feel more comfortable with their crop getting more heat units before our first frost. Through all the up and down weather this season, crops production is expected to be normal to above normal. Continue reading at Crop Progress 8 24 14

 

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25
Aug
2014
Aerial Sowing Cover Crops for Weed Control
Author: Larry Steckel, Extension Weed Specialist 2 Comments

Aerial sowing cover crop questions have been numerous this month.  Indeed the wet month of August does greatly increase the probability that aerial seeding will be successful as we enter September.  This was the case last year where aerial seeding cover crop into standing crops in September was quite successful for many.  Continue reading

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