September has been warmer and drier than normal but rain is in the forecast over the next few days. The first report of picking in TN came in late last week and we should be in full-picking-mode after this rain moves through. Still, there is more to getting back into the field than just waiting for the bolls to dry and ground to ‘hold up’. With the adoption of the new module-building pickers, the weight of our equipment has increased to record levels. Continue reading
As reported by NASS on July 13, 2015
FLOOD WATERS STILL PRESENT; DELAYING CROP TREATMENTS
Producers along the Delta are still battling flood waters, hoping they will recede soon and allow them to reapply herbicides and fight weeds. There is very little wheat left to be harvested. Rains in other parts of the state have improved corn, cattle, and pasture conditions. However, pinkeye continues to be a challenge. Continue reading at Crop Progress 7 12 15.
Tennessee farmers expect to harvest 28.3 million bushels of winter wheat during 2015 according to the Tennessee Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The expected crop for 2015 would be down 10 percent from the previous year. Farmers seeded 470,000 acres last fall with 410,000 acres to be harvested for grain. Based on crop conditions as of May 1 and assuming a normal growing season, farmers expect a yield of 69.0 bushels per acre, up 3.0 bushels from 2014. Continue reading at USDA TN NASS News release May 12, 2015.
In my mind, the past winter was similar to last, with some colder than average conditions. Below is a repeat of an article last year discussing how winter weather affects insect populations. I added some comments, scoring my predictions. Continue reading
One of our County Agents, Walter Battle, had the good idea of asking me to post this information.
Producers as the 2014 harvest continues, be mindful that on October 21st, Tennessee Department of Agriculture Private Applicator Certifications will expire. With that in mind, many University of Tennessee Extension offices are providing re-certification trainings. Call or check with your Continue reading
Fall armyworms attack a wide range of grasses and other crops. Outbreaks have been reported on soybeans, sorghum, pastures and several other crops for over a month. We are having a biblical year with fall armyworm, especially in pastures and lawns. However, many are also wandering into the edges of soybean fields. My colleague, Dr. Frank Hale, recently sent the following information. Continue reading
By request, I am providing a list of active ingredients and trade names (see below). This does not include all examples. Feel free to make comments about other “generic” trade names you may be using. Please keep in mind that formulations may vary considerably, and thus, rates may need to be adjusted accordingly. Also, not all products be labeled for the same crops. It is your responsibility to follow instructions on the insecticide label. The information below is also available in UT’s insect control recommendations for field crops. Continue reading