Category Archives: Insects

Emergency Exemption (Section 18) Granted for Sivanto in Sweet Sorghum

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Sugarcane aphids

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the EPA has again approved a Section 18 that allows the use of Sivanto prime on sweet sorghum for the control of sugarcane aphids during 2019. This pest is potentially devastating for those growing sweet sorghum for molasses or other uses, and Sivanto prime is an excellent any the only available insecticide option in this crop. Specific requirement for it’s use are summarized below and detailed in the Continue reading

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Cotton and Soybean Insect Update

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Cotton: Much of our cotton is within 7-10 days of when insect controls can be terminated, and it looks like this cotton may outrun the bollworm moth flight in many areas. Most the bollworm action appears to be pretty moderate and still primarily concentrated along the Mississippi River and south of I-40. Having said that, we are some seeing bollworm larvae slip through on Bollgard 2, WideStrike, and TwinLink varieties. It’s a numbers game. Continue reading

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Don’t Forget, Milan No-Till Field Day is Thursday!

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Visitors to the Milan No-Till Field Day can hear presentations on research involving corn, cotton and soybeans. Due to growing interest in cover crops, two tours (10 total presentations) will be devoted to that topic. New this year – a tour devoted to managing resistance, a tour on fragipans, and a producer-led panel discussing personal experiences with precision agriculture technology. Continue reading

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2017/2018 County Standard Wheat Trials

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2018 County Standardized Trials (CST) wheat harvest data are now available.  Our county trial yields were consistent with yields in much of the state, down around 15 bu from what we had last year.  Late planting due to excess moisture and a cool, wet spring with delayed fertilizer and insecticide applications, didn’t get this crop set up for record year.

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