July 5, 2018 —The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is notifying farmers with generic base acres that planted seed cotton that a new tool is available to assist them in understanding how the new seed cotton program may affect their FSA payments. It helps a producer make decisions on how to allocate generic base acres to other covered crops based on a producer’s planting history.
The educational tool can be viewed at https://www.afpc.tamu.edu/tools/cotton-base.
Developed by Texas A&M University, the tool is for educational purposes only, and by using the tool, it is agreed that the results are not a guarantee of future FSA program parameters or payments. Users also acknowledge that this tool is provided with absolutely no warranty, without even the implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose.
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 included seed cotton as a covered commodity under the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program effective for the 2018 crop year. The Act also authorizes owners of a farm with generic base acres and a recent history of covered commodities a one-time opportunity to update the farm’s payment yield for seed cotton.
Complete details of this decision are available by reading the Notice(https://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_Notice/arcplc50.pdf)
Or by contacting your State or County FSA office http://offices.usda.gov
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Reports of increasing plant bug pressure in cotton is not unexpected as we move into July. I’ve fielded a lot of questions about what to treat with, and it is hard to get very inventive when there are only a few ‘got to’ insecticides. Acephate/Orthene and Transform are the backbone of our plant bug management program in blooming cotton. Getting Bidrin into the mix is another option. I encourage everyone to try to work in Diamond and Transform (or both) into their insecticide program. Overreliance on OP insecticides such as Continue reading
WEATHER BRINGS CHALLENGES FOR LIVESTOCK, CROP PRODUCERS
Widespread showers, while helping tremendously with development of crops already in the ground, also limited some producer’s ability to get back into the field to bale hay that had been cut. Rain also forced some producers to delay applying weed control applications and finish planting crops. There were also reports of pink eye in cattle. There were 3.8 days suitable for field work, compared to 4.8 last week. Topsoil moisture was 11 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 20 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Hay and Roughage supplies were 12 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Continue reading at TN_07_02_18. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at CropProg-07-02-2018
RELEASED: June 29, 2018
Tennessee Farmers Planting More Corn, Soybeans, Cotton
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its Acreage and Grain Stocks reports today, based on the June Area and June Agricultural Surveys conducted earlier this month. “Tennessee producers plan for increased acreages of corn, soybeans, cotton and hay in 2018,” said Debra Kenerson, Tennessee State Statistician. “All types of tobacco acreages are expected to decline, with burley taking the largest impact, decreasing 3,000 acres from 2017 and even showing a 500-acre decrease from producers’ March 2018 expectations.” Continue reading at June 29 Acreage Report.
Corn, cotton, and soybeans were down; wheat was mixed for the week. For one day, weather and trade took a temporarily back seat for corn, soy-bean, cotton, and wheat markets as today’s focus was the release of two USDA reports – the Acreage and Grain Stocks. Markets reacted quickly with cotton, wheat, and corn up for the day and soybeans down. Highlights of the reports included: Corn acres planted in 2018 were estimated at 89.128 million acres, down 1.039 million from 2017 and up 1.102 million acres from the March 2018 Prospective Planting report. The increase from the Prospective Planting report was expected as strong corn prices and good weather during the planting season brought in additional corn acres. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.