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29
Sep
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

 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 No Comments

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 No Comments
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 No Comments

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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23
Sep
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on September 22, 2014

PRODUCERS FACE WEATER CHALLENGES, WINTER WHEAT PLANTING, COTTON HARVEST BEGINS

As weather permitted, producers actively harvested spring planted crops. Some excellent corn yields were reported. A small amount of winter wheat has been seeded and cotton harvested. Cotton defoliation was delayed due to cool, cloudy weather. There were 5.7 days suitable for field work last week. Continue reading at Crop Progress 9 21 14 .

 

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22
Sep
2014
2014 Defoliation Strip Trials
Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist No Comments

lake_2014_DefoltrialWe have put out two strip trials in the past week and will be putting out several more in the weeks to come.  For those interested in taking a look at how a few of these products are working now, I wanted to pass along coordinates and treatment descriptions.  I will be updating this post as more trials go out.

 

 

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16
Sep
2014
Cotton Yield Monitoring with the Case-IH and Deere Pickers
Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist 1 Comment

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 Comments Off

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 Comments Off

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 Comments Off

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 Comments Off

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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