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08
Sep
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on September 8, 2014

FARMERS BATTLE ARMYWORMS

Farmers in West and Middle Tennessee reported higher populations of armyworms. For the most part, the damage caused by these pests has been confined to pasture and hay fields, with some reports of armyworms in soybeans. Corn and early soybean harvests continued between rains. Wetter conditions also delayed hay and tobacco harvest. There were 4.7 days suitable for field work. Continue reading at Crop Progress 9 7 14.

 

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03
Sep
2014
Fall Armyworm Onslaught Continues
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

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

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02
Sep
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on September 2, 2014

CORN HARVEST BEGINS

Mostly dry conditions allowed corn producers to begin harvesting with early yields looking favorable. Soybean and cotton farmers took advantage of the dry weather to finish up spraying for pests. Higher temperatures allowed cotton to catch up to more normal development levels. Continue reading at Crop Progress 8 31 14.

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27
Aug
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

 As reported by NASS on August 25, 2014

SCATTERED SHOWERS PROVIDE RELIEF TO CROPS

In spite of the rapid return to more normal August temperatures, rains over some crop producing areas provided a needed boost. In some areas, dry conditions still persist and crop and pasture stress is prevalent. Cotton growers would feel more comfortable with their crop getting more heat units before our first frost. Through all the up and down weather this season, crops production is expected to be normal to above normal. Continue reading at Crop Progress 8 24 14

 

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11
Aug
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

As reported by NASS on August 11, 2014

LATE-WEEK RAINS HELP CROPS

Farmers welcomed much-needed rains at the end of last week. These rains provided a shot in the arm to soybeans, corn and pastures. High temperatures early in the week assisted cotton growth. These same high temperatures caused some stress in cattle. Hay producers took advantage of the dry weather early in the week until they were forced out of the fields by rain. Continue reading at Crop Progress 8 10 14.

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05
Aug
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

As reported by NASS on August 4, 2014

MOST AREAS IN NEED OF RAIN; COTTON IN NEED OF HEAT

There is general consensus that a good, soaking rain is needed across most of the State to minimize plant and pasture stress. Even through these weather conditions, both corn and soybeans are expected to produce good yields. Cool temperatures last week limited heat units for cotton, causing some producer concern. Continue reading at Crop Progress 8 3 14.

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29
Jul
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

As reported by NASS on July 27, 2014

COTTON IN NEED OF HEAT UNITS

The past week was very favorable for field work. Rains varied greatly across the State, providing some crops with needed moisture while leaving others stressed. With temperatures remaining cooler than normal, however, cotton growers are still concerned that the crop will not receive adequate heat units. A good general rain is still needed in some parts of the State.  Continue reading at Crop Progress 7 27 14.

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26
Jul
2014
Insecticides – So Many Names!
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist 1 Comment

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

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21
Jul
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

As reported by NASS on July 21, 2014

RAINS HINDRENCE FOR SOME, WELCOMED BY OTHERS

With no end in sight for some producers, rains have drowned out some crop acreages and prevented planting of others. The wet weather is, however, helping soybean and corn development but heat units are still needed for the cotton crop because of its sensitivity to adverse environmental conditions. Continue reading at Crop Progress 7 20 14 .

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15
Jul
2014
Crop Progress
Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

As reported by NASS on July 14, 2014

WEATHER HAMPERS WHEAT HARVEST; COTTON NEEDS HEAT UNITS

Weather continues to take a toll on Tennessee crops. Some fields have been planted multiple times because of standing water and, in some areas, wheat is still standing due to wet fields. Rains have cooled temperatures, which has a negative effect on the cotton crop through a decrease of needed heat units. Continue reading at Crop Progress 7 13 14 .

 

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14
Jul
2014
Reminder: Milan No-till Field Day This Thursday
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist Comments Off

Without a doubt, the Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day is one of the most far-ranging agricultural field days in the nation. The event is a junction for producers with varied farming interests. Tours will cover topics as diverse as row crop sustainability, beef cattle production, natural resource management, unmanned aerial systems and even the compatibility of honeybees and agriculture. Registration is free and begins at 6 a.m. CDT, with the first tours leaving at 7 a.m. A total of 16 tours are on the agenda. Continue reading

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01
Jul
2014
Fall Armyworms in Pastures?
Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist Comments Off

I recently posted an article about being on the watch out for fall armyworm infestations in soybean (link here). This is especially important to think about anytime in the next several weeks if grassy weeds are common in a field. However, this also indicates a potentially early start in pastures, and be especially watchful in Bermudagrass. It seems early, but it appears fall armyworms are Continue reading

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