Category Archives: Farm Management

2017 MidSouth Cotton Defoliation Guide

Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist No Comments

The Mid-South’s cotton crop is rapidly maturing and many of our acres will receive a harvest aid application soon after Hurricane Irma moves through the area.  There are many factors to consider in determining timing, products and rates.   In an effort to outline these decisions and provide harvest aid recommendations for the Mid-South, the 2017 Mid-South Cotton Defoliation Guide has just been updated by the MidSouth Cotton Specialists’ Working Group and is now available online.   To access the guide, click the image above or the included link.  Please keep in mind that this was compiled as a regional guide and should be used in conjunction with your previous experiences.

 

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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 closed $0.11 lower for the week. The decline in futures can be attributed to high global stocks and the USDA’s projected yield of 169.5 bushels per acre. If the projected yield is realized, then we will only add to the large supply that we currently have. Over the next few weeks, we will begin to see harvest pressure surface as combines begin to enter the fields. Locally, we have begun to see farmers shell some of their earlier planted corn. Moisture is averaging 18% in Northwest Tennessee with farmers being pleased with yields so far. Some producers are even reporting yields as high as 190 bushels on dry land corn. Continue reading

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Heat unit accumulation during 2017

Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist Comments Off on Heat unit accumulation during 2017

Heat unit accumulation has been the big question over the past week.  Mild temperatures settled over Tennessee during early August and there is some concern that the crop may not be maturing as quickly as noted in years past.  While I agree the weather has been quite comfortable, we are currently very close to the 30 year average heat unit accumulation trend noted from 1980-2010.

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UT Extension Commodity Update

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

Corn: September corn futures have traded $0.08 lower so far this week. The decline in corn futures can be attributed to a lack of a weather scare for the Midwest. Key growing states like Iowa and Illinois continue to receive extended weather forecasts with normal temperatures and normal precipitation. The USDA released the latest crop progress report on Monday. This report indicated that 97% of the corn crop is silking while 61% of the crop has reached the dough stage. The USDA rated 62% of the corn crop as being good-to-excellent, which is a 2% increase from last week’s report. Continue reading

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Guidance to Handling Dicamba Damage Claims

Author: Danny Morris, Ext Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off on Guidance to Handling Dicamba Damage Claims

Guidance to Handling Dicamba Damage Claims

If you have been to any agricultural field day, then you have heard mention of dicamba drift. Whether you are a producer or an agribusiness professional, dicamba is on the forefront of everyone’s’ mind. Some states have outright banned the chemical’s use while others have provided extra guidance on how to apply the herbicide. Whether you farm in the Midwest or the Mid-south, dicamba is an issue that must be addressed. The yield loss from dicamba drift is not yet known and will be unique for each drift occurrence. Continue reading

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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 closed $0.02 lower for the week. Today, corn futures were able to recapture a portion of what was lost after yesterday’s USDA report. The latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) was released yesterday morning. This report contained very few surprises for the corn market. The USDA did lower the national yield by 1.2 bushels per acre from 170.7 to 169.5. This projected decline in the national yield did lower the USDA’s expected ending stocks for corn. Continue reading

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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: Since the first of July, September corn futures have declined by $0.10. The decline can be attributed to a partial loss of the weather premium that was built into the corn market. During this time of year, the corn market is volatile due to it being a weather market. On Monday, the USDA reported that 67% of the crop is already silking with 64% of the crop being rated as good-to-excellent. Now, these ratings are lower than what we had during this same time frame last year. In 2016, the USDA rated 74% of the crop as being good-to-excellent. So far, these ratings are pointing to a good national yield. Continue reading

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Preventing Dicamba Drift

Author: Ginger Rowsey, Marketing and Communications Comments Off on Preventing Dicamba Drift

In just the past few days, dicamba drift has been reported on Tennessee farms. As temperatures rise, so does the potential for increased off-target movement of dicamba. Watch as Larry Steckel discusses three actions to reduce drift and volatilization.

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