The UT Cotton Scout School is scheduled for the last Friday of the month, May 31st, at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center (605 Airways Blvd, Jackson). There is no fee, and preregistration is not required. Registration begins at 8:00 AM with the program starting at 8:30. Content will include classroom and hands-on training with an optional ‘go-to-the-field session’ after a box lunch. Topics covered will include cotton development and identification and symptoms of insect pests, plant diseases, and weeds.
DRIER CONDITIONS BOOST PLANTING
Drier conditions allowed farmers back into the field on a limited basis. Corn, soybean, and cotton planting continued. Strawberry harvest and the first cutting of hay began. Winter wheat responded well to the warmer, drier weather, as did pasture and forage conditions. There were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Topsoil moisture rated 73 percent adequate, and 27 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 1 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 28 percent surplus. Hay and Roughage Supplies rated 16 percent very short, 25 percent short, 52 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Continue reading at TN Crop Weather 04_29_19. U.S. Crop Progress report can be found at US Crop Progress 04_29_2019.
All week we have discussed UTIA’s latest research on low-volatile dicamba formulations. We will end this series of blog posts with one of the first questions asked by TN soybean producers: Does adding glyphosate to low-volatile dicamba formulations increase its chances of moving outside the treated field via volatility? Continue reading
Tennessee soybean growers asked my colleague, Dr. Tom Mueller, and me to vet some of the directions on the XtendiMax and Engenia labels. In this third post we examine the ability of three pH modifiers approved on the Engenia label to raise spray tank pH. Continue reading
This is the second in a series of blogs on research that Dr. Tom Mueller and I did to examine some of the directions on the XtendiMax and Engenia labels. In the second test, we examined the effect on spray solution pH when AMS was added to Engenia or XtendiMax, with or without glyphosate. Continue reading
With the off-target dicamba movement in recent years, Tennessee soybean growers asked my colleague, Dr. Tom Mueller, and me to vet some of the directions on the XtendiMax and Engenia labels. The goal was to come up with information to help mitigate off-target dicamba. In a series of blog posts this week, we will share our most current findings. Continue reading
In our latest episode, Angela McClure announces the revival of a soybean yield contest in Tennessee. Listen to the podcast, and be watching the blog next week for more information from Angela on rules and registration forms.
FARMERS AWAIT DRIER CONDITIONS
Wet conditions due to recent rains kept most farmers from their fields. Some corn was planted, but most row crop farmers were limited to preparation work. Wheat development was aided by above normal temperatures. Pasture and forage condition also benefitted from the higher temperatures. There were 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Topsoil moisture rated 1 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 40 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 1 percent short, 62 percent adequate, and 37 percent surplus. All Crops Flood Damage rated 3 percent severe, 16 percent moderate, 25 percent light, and 56 percent none. All Crops Rain Damage rated 3 percent severe, 18 percent moderate, 27 percent light, and 52 percent none. Continue reading at TN Crop Weather 04_15_19. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at US Crop Progress 04_15_2019.