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28
Oct
2014
STAX/Farm Bill Workshop-November 20
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

You are encouraged to attend an educational meeting the National Cotton Council has scheduled to provide its members with in-depth information regarding insurance options for cotton under The Agricultural Act of 2014. The meeting will provide an in-depth look at the new Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) and the Supplemental Coverage Option. Coverage levels, expected yields and premium rates will be covered in detail in order to better equip producers with the information necessary to evaluate the insurance options for 2015. The meeting also will include an update on overall farm bill implementation and a question/answer session:

November 20, 9:00 a.m. 

West Tennessee Research & Education Center –                                                      Room A 

605 Airways Boulevard

Jackson, TN 

Co-Sponsored By:

AAM of Tennessee

Southern Cotton Ginners

Tennessee Farm Bureau

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28
Oct
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on October 27, 2014
WEEK’S WEATHER GREAT FOR CROP HARVEST AND WINTER WHEAT SEEDING

A break in the weather provided producers 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork. During this reprieve, producers harvested as much corn, cotton, and soybeans as they could, and seeded winter wheat. Harvest of each crop and seeding of winter wheat progressed to averages above last year and fell more in line with 5-year averages. Continue reading at Crop Progress 10 26 14 .

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20
Oct
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on October 20, 2014

RAINS HALT FIELD ACTIVITIES

Heavy rains brought most field work to a halt last week. While the rains had cleared out by Thursday, they left many fields too wet to work. As a result, there were only 2.3 days suitable for field work last week. The added moisture brought improvements to pasture condition. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 64 percent adequate and 28 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels were rated 3 percent very short, 9 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Continue reading at  Crop Progress 10 19 14 .

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14
Oct
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

As reported by NASS on October 14, 2014

Persistent Rains Slow Field Activities; Benefit Pastures Going into Fall

Persistent rains allowed producers only 3.8 days of field work last week. As conditions allowed, growers planted winter wheat and harvested corn, soybeans, and cotton. There were reports of light frost in some areas of the State. The rains contributed to cattle and pasture being in good to excellent condition. Continue reading at Crop Progress 10 12 14.

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10
Oct
2014
Tennessee October NASS Crop Report
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

Corn production in Tennessee is forecast at 131 million bushels, up 5 percent from the September forecast and up 3 percent from the previous crop. Yield was estimated at 160 bushels per acre, up 8 bushels from last month and up 4 bushels from the 2013 level. Acres for harvest as grain were estimated at 820 thousand acres, unchanged acres from 2013. Continue reading at OctCrop14_TN.

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10
Oct
2014
Private Applicator Certification Deadline Approaching
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist Comments Off

One of our County Agents, Walter Battle, had the good idea of asking me to post this information.

Producers as the 2014 harvest continues, be mindful that on October 21st, Tennessee Department of Agriculture Private Applicator Certifications will expire. With that in mind, many University of Tennessee Extension offices are providing re-certification trainings. Call or check with your Continue reading

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07
Oct
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

As reported by NASS on October 6, 2014

Dry conditions early in the week aide harvest

This past week farmers were harvesting corn, soybeans and cotton. Farmers were also cutting hay and tobacco. There were 5.7 days suitable for field work last week. Topsoil moisture levels were rated 8 percent very short, 29 percent short, 58 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels were rated 9 percent very short, 30 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Continue reading at Crop Progress 10 5 14.

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06
Oct
2014
Hardeman County Defoliation Trial Walk
Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist Comments Off

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Ms. Lindsay Griffin and I will be walking the Hardeman County Defoliation Trial at 7:30 AM this Thursday (10/9/2014) at the corner of 15 and 64 in Whiteville, TN.  This trial received a stout single-shot rate of defoliant last Monday (9/29).  Treatment descriptions can be found below. Continue reading

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

 As reported by NASS on September 29, 2014

PASTURES IN NEED OF RAIN

Dry weather stressed pastures across most of the State. A good general rain is needed for their revitalization and also to provide needed moisture for fall planted crops. The lack of rain did allow row crop producers to bring progress closer to the 5-year averages. There were 6.6 days suitable for field work last week. Continue reading at Crop Progress 9 28 14.

 

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28
Sep
2014
Defoliation Timing in 2014
Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist Comments Off

20140827_17There comes a point late in the season where defoliation timing begins to lean more heavily on the forecast and historical temperature normals associated with the current date than our maturity measurements (NACBs, %open, uppermost harvestable boll maturity as determined by the sharp-knife technique, etc.).  In West Tennessee, I would argue that we are very rapidly approaching that time frame.  The 5 day forecast here on the 28th day of Sept. for West TN indicates the next few days appear to be very favorable Continue reading

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25
Sep
2014
USDA Unveils Key New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.
Vilsack also announced that new tools are now available to help provide farmers the information they need to choose the new safety net program that is right for their business. Continue reading at USDA Farm Bill News
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24
Sep
2014
Reminder – Cotton Transition Assistance Program
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

The sign up period for the Cotton Transition Assistance Program ends October 7, 2014. Producers and landowners with a FSA cotton base are eligible to sign up and receive a payment. This program is paid on the base acres and not on planted acres. The payment rate is 9 cents per pound of payment yield on 60% of the cotton base or in other words 5.4 cents on 100% of the cotton base. Due to the Budget Control Act of 2011 this will be reduced to 5.01 cents . For more information and to make an appointment to sign up contact your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. For more information, please read  the news release

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