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22
Jul
2014
Ag Market Network Cotton Market Roundtable July 25th
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

The annual Ag Market Network Cotton Market Roundtable discussion will be held Friday, July 25, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. central. A distinguished panel of cotton experts will discuss today’s cotton market including: crop conditions, domestic demand, exports and farm policy.  For more information please click on this link Ag Market Network Meeting – JULY 25 2014 . Listen live at http://www.agmarketnetwork.com/ .  

 

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21
Jul
2014
Reminder: Milan No-till Field Day This Thursday
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

Without a doubt, the Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day is one of the most far-ranging agricultural field days in the nation. The event is a junction for producers with varied farming interests. Tours will cover topics as diverse as row crop sustainability, beef cattle production, natural resource management, unmanned aerial systems and even the compatibility of honeybees and agriculture. Registration is free and begins at 6 a.m. CDT, with the first tours leaving at 7 a.m. A total of 16 tours are on the agenda. Continue reading

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21
Jul
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on July 21, 2014

RAINS HINDRENCE FOR SOME, WELCOMED BY OTHERS

With no end in sight for some producers, rains have drowned out some crop acreages and prevented planting of others. The wet weather is, however, helping soybean and corn development but heat units are still needed for the cotton crop because of its sensitivity to adverse environmental conditions. Continue reading at Crop Progress 7 20 14 .

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19
Jul
2014
Proper Nozzle Selection for Pesticide Applications
Author: Shawn Butler, Graduate Research Assistant No Comments

As we get further into the year, bugs begin to enter our fields, disease onset starts to occur, and weeds continue to flourish, our chances of making tank-mixed applications increase. This ultimately makes spray nozzle selection more challenging as most products require different droplet sizes.  Continue reading

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16
Jul
2014
Think before pulling the trigger
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

This article really pertains to insect management to all crops, but I’ll highlight a couple of relevant scenarios. A lot of the comments relate to a common theme. Insect management is often reactive. Spraying too early decreases effectiveness, often increase overall control costs, and unnecessarily select for resistance. Many of our most commonly used insecticides offer Continue reading

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15
Jul
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on July 14, 2014

WEATHER HAMPERS WHEAT HARVEST; COTTON NEEDS HEAT UNITS

Weather continues to take a toll on Tennessee crops. Some fields have been planted multiple times because of standing water and, in some areas, wheat is still standing due to wet fields. Rains have cooled temperatures, which has a negative effect on the cotton crop through a decrease of needed heat units. Continue reading at Crop Progress 7 13 14 .

 

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15
Jul
2014
2014 Growing Degree Days as of July 12
Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist No Comments

2014bloomBlooms are beginning to become easier to find in West TN cotton fields. It appears first bloom (the period in which 50% of plants have begun flowering) has arrived roughly 7-14 days behind schedule. Our plots here and around Jackson have definitely jumped in the past few days with warmer temperatures and moderately clear skies. Still, the 7 day forecast looks more like May. With that in mind, I’ve collected and graphed the growing degree days (no cut-off temp, base 60) in Jackson, TN for the past 14 years. Continue reading

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09
Jul
2014
Foliar Fertilization Following Early-Season Stress
Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist No Comments

I’ve fielded several questions over the past few days concerning applications of foliar fertilizers as a method of spurring stressed cotton to allow it to catch cotton grown under more-optimum conditions.  Continue reading

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08
Jul
2014
Current Options for Plant Bug Control in Cotton
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist Comments Off

Many consultants are reporting a real upswing in tarnished plant bug numbers in cotton this week. This includes our own cotton here in Jackson. Much of the cotton is at bloom, plus or minus a week, and tarnished plant bugs appear to be just about the only pest in most fields. A few people have reported seeing some brown stink bugs, but I’m not too worried about them until this cotton has a few more bolls on it. The common question has been … what should I spray? Below I’ve listed some options with Continue reading

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08
Jul
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

As reported by NASS on July 7, 2014

HEAVY RAIN SHOWERS IN SOME AREAS, GENERAL RAIN NEEDED IN OTHERS

Persistent rains over the past two weeks are now showing advantages through steady development of crops, though the cotton crop would benefit from more heat units. Steady rains kept some producers out of the field for a time, but diminished enough for wheat harvest to be completed in a few areas. Continue reading at Crop Progress 7 6 14 .

 

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03
Jul
2014
Moths are on Vacation
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist Comments Off

Our trap lines are indicating low moth activity for corn earworm, tobacco budworm, and southwestern corn borer (link to Excel file). In moth traps this last week, we only caught an average of 7 corn earworms (a.k.a., bollworms) and less than 1 tobacco budworm and southwestern corn borer per trap. Continue reading

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01
Jul
2014
Plant Bug Pressure Increasing
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist Comments Off

Some phone calls and some personal observations indicate that tarnished plant bugs are getting more common … not blow out but building. This is not surprising as the crop begins to grow. In cotton approaching bloom, this would be the time to consider applying 4-6 oz of Diamond if threshold levels of adults are found in fields. Remember that a tank-mix partner to control adults is generally needed with Continue reading

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