The 2018 Cotton Focus will be held at the First United Methodist Church (200 S. Church St, Jackson, TN 38301) this Thursday, Feb. 8th beginning at 8 AM and concluding with lunch. Pesticide recertification points and CCA/CEUs will be offered. A dicamba training will be offered after lunch. Parking information and detailed agenda information is included below: Continue reading
The Tennessee Agricultural Production Association is having its Winter Agronomic Workshop on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the Doubletree Hotel in Jackson, Tennessee. Registration will open at 7:00 a.m., with presentations kicking off at 8:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided. To review the day’s agenda, please click here: Meeting Agenda
The last day to pre-register is January 31. If you prefer, you can register at the door Continue reading
In addition to the East, Middle and West TN Grain Conferences and the Cotton Focus event, UT Extension is hosting a series of meetings to be held throughout the state to prepare growers for the upcoming season. These meetings will focus on variety selection, insect and plant disease management, weed management, and other current crop production topics.
Below is a list of the production meetings to be held in January and February. Please contact your local UT Extension office for more details on time and location. Continue reading
The Tennessee Grain & Soybean Producers Conference will be held in Dyersburg on Thursday, February 1st at the Dyer County Fairgrounds. Free registration is from 7:45 – 8:45 AM. The program includes a trade show, multiple presentations on crop management, and a sponsored lunch. The keynote speaker this year is Greg Peterson of You Tube Farming Sensations and Peterson Farm Brothers discussing “Being an Advocate for Ag: the Role of Millennials”.
Special thanks to all those who participated and/or contributed to the program during the 2016 growing season. See more here: W285
If historical weather trends are true and our forecast holds, we are staring at one of the last opportunities to use moderate to warm temperatures to coax leaves off and open bolls. The long term forecast suggests low temperatures next week will consistently fall below 60F with a few nights forecast to touch the low 50s. Furthermore, rain is in the forecast over the weekend/through the beginning of next week.
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.
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.