Category Archives: Cotton

Cover Crop Considerations for This Fall

Author: Garret Montgomery 1 Comment

A recent survey in Tennessee showed that 22% or our row crop acres were planted after a cover crop. In light of the PPO resistant Palmer amaranth we believe this number should go up as a good cover crop may help improve control of Palmer amaranth in an integrated system with herbicides. It is time to be making decisions about the cover crops you will be planting this fall. Continue reading

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Crop Progress

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

As reported by NASS on August 24, 2015
LIMITED CORN HARVEST BEGINS; RAIN WELCOMED

Limited corn harvest began between rains last week. Producers welcomed the rain which boosted pastures, thus improving cattle condition. The rains also helped bring a good finish to crops. Producers are cautiously optimistic about yields this season. Continue reading at Crop Progress 8 23 15.

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Crop Progress

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

As reported by NASS on August 10, 2015

 MOST CROPS IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION

With the exception of this season’s grain sorghum crop which continues to be plagued by sugarcane aphids, most of Tennessee’s crops are in good to excellent condition.  Producers are readying their equipment for corn harvest which is anticipated to start in a few weeks.  Corn silage is being cut and second cuttings of hay are being finished.  Rain in some areas of the state gave crops a boost. Continue reading at Crop Progress 8 16 15.

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Tall Plants Scattered in Your Grain Sorghum?

Author: Austin Scott Comments Off

With more acres planted in grain sorghum this year than any previous year, some unusual questions have been posed. The most common one that doesn’t really apply to management issues is “Why are some plants significantly taller than others and why is it so random?” Since I’ve wondered this same question in the past I decided to look in to it a little further. Continue reading

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Last Effective Bloom Date: how is it calculated and what does it mean?

Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist 1 Comment

IMG_1876By definition, the last effective bloom date is the day in which the probability of a new flower developing into a boll and making its way into the basket declines to below 50%.  Since it is unlikely (probability less than 50%) that fruiting positions which develop after this date will contribute to yield, end-of-season insecticide termination and defoliation recommendations for our area are based upon protecting/managing  those positions which will be flowering Continue reading

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Crop Progress

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

As reported by NASS on August 10, 2015
LATE WEEK RAINS BOOST CROPS

A rain producing front late in the week was a welcome sight and helped boost crop development. Even through the mostly dry weather, however, crops progressed well. Hay harvest was delayed because of the rain. Sugarcane aphids continue to spread in the grain sorghum crop and some fields reached threshold levels and were treated. Continue reading at Crop Progress 8 9 15.

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