Category Archives: Pasture

Crop Progress

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

As reported by NASS on August 24, 2015
LIMITED CORN HARVEST BEGINS; RAIN WELCOMED

Limited corn harvest began between rains last week. Producers welcomed the rain which boosted pastures, thus improving cattle condition. The rains also helped bring a good finish to crops. Producers are cautiously optimistic about yields this season. Continue reading at Crop Progress 8 23 15.

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Crop Progress

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

As reported by NASS on August 10, 2015

 MOST CROPS IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION

With the exception of this season’s grain sorghum crop which continues to be plagued by sugarcane aphids, most of Tennessee’s crops are in good to excellent condition.  Producers are readying their equipment for corn harvest which is anticipated to start in a few weeks.  Corn silage is being cut and second cuttings of hay are being finished.  Rain in some areas of the state gave crops a boost. Continue reading at Crop Progress 8 16 15.

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Crop Progress

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

As reported by NASS on August 10, 2015
LATE WEEK RAINS BOOST CROPS

A rain producing front late in the week was a welcome sight and helped boost crop development. Even through the mostly dry weather, however, crops progressed well. Hay harvest was delayed because of the rain. Sugarcane aphids continue to spread in the grain sorghum crop and some fields reached threshold levels and were treated. Continue reading at Crop Progress 8 9 15.

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Crop Progress

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

As reported by NASS on August 3, 2015

DESPITE HOT AND DRY WEATHER, CROPS LOOK PROMISING

Despite the heat, crops were reported to be in mostly good to excellent condition. Showers have been widely scattered throughout the State and crops look either good or stressed depending on where you are in the county. The weather, however, has been ideal for cutting hay. Conversely, in East Tennessee, vegetable crops are struggling and disease pressure is high because of wet conditions. Sugarcane aphids are showing up in grain sorghum, increasing the need for scouting and spraying. Continue reading Crop Progress 8 2 15.

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Crop Progress

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

As reported by NASS on July 27, 2015
CORN AND SOYBEANS LOOK GOOD

Despite higher than normal temperatures across much of the state, crops were reported to be in mostly good to excellent condition. Between scattered showers, farmers applied herbicides to combat late season weeds. A few grain sorghum producers reported problems with worms. Rains have kept grass growing, aiding pasture conditions. Continue reading at Crop Progress 7 26 15.

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Crop Progress

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

As reported by NASS on July 20, 2015
SOME CROPS STILL UNDER WATER WHILE OTHER AREAS NEED RAIN

Even though some crops are under water from previous floods in the Delta area, topsoil moisture showed a 12 percent increase in the short category statewide and subsoil moisture increased 7 percent in the same category. Even so, most crops are in good to excellent condition. Continue reading at Crop Progress 7 19 15.

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Interesting Insects: Blister beetles

Author: Sandy Steckel, Extension Assistant 2 Comments

Occasionally, you catch a blister beetle in a sweep net sample in Tennessee soybeans. These large, showy adult beetles may also feed in clusters and defoliate the plants. Defoliation of soybeans in an area a big as a pickup truck is not a concern, but if it occurs over a large area, such as the size of a barn, treatment is warranted. Refer to PB 1768 for control options. Continue reading

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Crop Progress

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off

As reported by NASS on July 6, 2015
DELTA FARMERS EXPERIENCE FLOODING

Some farmers along the Mississippi River dealt with flooding issues as the river rose. Widespread rains brought much needed moisture to the rest of the state. The heaviest of these rains have diluted applied herbicides, forcing many soybean producers to concentrate on weed control. Continue reading at Crop Progress 7 5 15.

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