There is growing discussion and interest in the use of cover crops, mostly commonly in soybean but also in corn and cotton. Some of the benefits seem pretty intuitive and include improved control of erosion and the buildup of organic matter. Another obvious benefit is NRCS programs which pay growers to plant specified cover crops. Dr. Larry Steckel and his students have also shown benefits of cover crops in reducing the emergence of Palmer pigweed and some other weeds. However, having said all that, there are some concerns and unknowns about how cover crops might affect populations of soil and seedling pests. Continue reading
Although it appears grain sorghum acres will be quite low in Tennessee during 2017, a list of sorghum hybrids with tolerance to sugarcane aphid have been developed. You can access this list on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program website at the link below.
http://www.sorghumcheckoff.com/farmer-resources/grain-production/hybrid-selection Continue reading
The University of Tennessee’s 2017 Insect Control Recommendations for Cotton, Soybean, Corn, Sorghum, Wheat and Pastures (PB 1768) is now available online. Once available, hard copies will be distributed at Cotton Focus, grain conferences, and other crop production meetings.
Some features you may have overlooked in the back of the book include:
- Listing of insecticide classes (mode of action) and registration numbers
- A list of common “generic” trade names for various insecticides
- Tables ranking the relative efficacy of insecticides on common pests
- Tips to minimize pesticide effects on pollinators
The Plant Management Network has released another online presentation in their “Focus on Cotton” series. This new 10 minute video offers suggestions on the steps that growers, pesticide applicators, and beekeepers can take to reduce any negative effects of pesticide applications on honey bees and other pollinators. Link below to watch this presentation narrated by yours truly.
I’ve been a little slow at posting the Emergency Exemption label that allows the use of Sivanto prime in sweet sorghum (link to 2016 Crisis Exemption Sivanto). The important details of this label are listed below. The standard recommended use rate is 4-5 oz of Sivanto prime per acre.
We have much fewer acres of grain sorghum planted in Tennessee this year, and I’ve spent a lot less time blogging or answering questions about sugarcane aphid. That has not stopped this pest from being present in most sorghum fields. Please refer to my many previous articles about managing this pest during the last two years … just search for sugarcane aphid in the search bar. There are a couple of things you need to be aware of before making an insecticide application (see below). Continue reading
I just wanted two remind folks that we have some good video resources to help you better manage insects in your crops. With one exception, these videos are about 10 minutes in length and focus on the most likely problems you will encounter. Continue reading
UT’s Soybean Scout Schools are scheduled in July for the dates and locations below. The programs are supported by the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board and include basic information about crop development, scouting procedures, and Continue reading