Category Archives: Cotton

Crop Progress – Tennessee and U.S.

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

HAY STOCKS PROMISING, CATTLE IN GOOD CONDITION

Mostly dry weather provided ideal conditions for producers to cut hay, with average to better than average yields reported. This is seen as a positive sign that hay stocks will be adequate going into winter. Moderate temperatures combined with good pasture conditions contributed to improved cattle condition. Crops are in mostly good condition but could use a soaking rain. There were 6.1 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was 14 percent very short, 22 percent short, 60 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 11 percent very short, 21 percent short, 64 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Continue reading at TN_08_07_17. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at CropProg-08-07-2017.

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UT Extension Commodity Market Update

Author: Danny Morris, Ext Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off on UT Extension Commodity Market Update

Corn: September corn futures declined by $0.05 this week. The decline can be attributed to a lack of weather concerns. The forecast for most of the Midwest is cooler temperatures.  On Monday, the USDA reported that 85% is already silking with 23% of the crop beginning to dough. Also, the USDA reported that 61% of the crop as being good-to-excellent. In the picture below, you can see that almost 50% of the corn crop is in the crescent shape of Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Those states were rated, on average, 63% good-to-excellent. This indicates that we ought to have a good crop if the Midwest remains cool along with ample moisture. Any forecasts with adverse conditions would trigger a small rally in corn prices. As of market close today, the average basis for new crop corn equaled -$0.14 in West Tennessee. Continue reading

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Tennessee Market Highlights

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off on Tennessee Market Highlights

Corn, soybeans, and wheat were down; cotton was up for the week.

The month of July is now in our review mirror; so how did commodities preform
in July: December corn opened the month at $3.95 and closed at $3.84 ¾, down 10 ¼, with a trading range of $3.79 ¼ to $4.17 ¼. November soybeans opened the month at $9.63 ½ and closed at $10.07 ¼, up 43 ¾ cents, with a trading range of $9.63 to $10.47. December cotton opened the month at 68.59 and closed at 68.86, up 0.27 cents, with a trading range of 66.28 to 69.72. September wheat opened the month at $5.38 ¼ and closed at $4.74 ½, down 63 ¾ cents, with a trading range of $5.74 ½ to $4.71 ½. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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Bollworm moth flight kick off

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist Comments Off on Bollworm moth flight kick off

The bollworm moth flight is kicking off now in some areas. Of course this has implications for managing bollworm in cotton, soybean, and grain sorghum. Hot spots this week included traps located near Whiteville, Goldust, south Jackson, and Ridgley. Please keep in mind that local populations may vary considerably. You can check out this week catches at the link below. I’ve had another report of 100+ west of Covington in the Hatchie Bottoms in 3 nights.

http://www.utcrops.com/BlogStuff/2017MothTrappingData.pdf

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Identification and Management of Leaf Spots in Cotton

Author: Heather Marie Kelly, Extension Plant Pathologist Comments Off on Identification and Management of Leaf Spots in Cotton

This year I have gotten more questions about leaf spots in cotton than any other.  It hasn’t always been clear which leaf spot is present, but the following resources can help identify and understand management options of leaf spots in cotton.

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Reminder – Mid-South Ag Finance Conference-August 9

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off on Reminder – Mid-South Ag Finance Conference-August 9

It is still not too late for producers in Tennessee and surrounding states to register for the Wednesday, August 9, 2017  Mid-South Agricultural Finance Conference. This annual conference will once again be held in the Boling University Center on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin in Martin, Tennessee. Speakers for this conference include:

Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech University discussing Agriculture & Ag Lending at the Crossroads; Continue reading

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Cotton – the call of the week is aphids (bollworms picking up)

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist Comments Off on Cotton – the call of the week is aphids (bollworms picking up)

I’m getting more reports of bollworm moths being observed in fields. Thus far, it appears that our bollworm flight is right on time and pretty typical in size. We will have a better sense of this by next week. Things can change quickly, and the next 14 days is a critical window for scouting and managing bollworm infestations in cotton. Please refer to a previous article about control options for bollworm in cotton … http://news.utcrops.com/2017/07/cotton-insect-update-and-thinking-ahead-about-bollworm/.

Despite heightened awareness about bollworms in Bt cotton, the most frequent call of the week has concerned aphids. Below are a few reminders about managing aphids and Continue reading

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Dicamba Stewardship in Double-Cropped Soybeans

Author: Ginger Rowsey, Marketing and Communications Comments Off on Dicamba Stewardship in Double-Cropped Soybeans

Reminder from Dr. Larry Steckel to watch for temperature inversions when spraying dicamba herbicides in late-planted soybeans.

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