The University of Tennessee Soybean Disease Field Day will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13th, at the Milan Research and Education Center. Continue reading
I had a client call suggesting I make the following changes to our insect treatment thresholds to make things a little easier. I added the last one myself. Continue reading
Corn: Corn futures have traded $0.13 higher since the market’s open on Monday morning. Corn futures have closed higher for six days straight. The USDA report from last week left room for the market to become more bearish with a projected national yield of 175.1 bushels per acre. However, after sifting through the report, it appeared that the trade was already trading the expectations of a high national yield. Some analysts are beginning to question the methods that USDA used to come up with their yield figures. Many are pointing to the fact that the estimate is based on a record ear size that excludes a kernel count.
I’ve had a few calls from the Mississippi River Bottom about armyworms in soybean and even in some Bt cotton. I’ve also had a few people complaining about a lack of control with insecticides and the fact that larvae were eating pigweed and then moving into the crops. This is a pretty good sign you are dealing with beet armyworm (as opposed to fall armyworm). Continue reading
In the past weeks soybeans have gotten into reproductive growth stages and diseases have started appearing as well as questions about making fungicides combinations. Continue reading
It’s the time of year where soybean insects are much more likely to cause us problems, and it is important to vigilantly scout. Although stink bug populations are behind schedule, they are becoming more common. I’ve received numerous questions about a complex of pests including Continue reading
I’m just putting the word out to report any finds of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). This is especially for those located in the western one-half of the state. This invasive pest is well established in the eastern parts of the state, around Nashville, and has been found in at low numbers in soybean in Shelby (2015) and Madison Counties (2016). However, Continue reading
I’ve had several calls from the Mississippi River Bottoms and the southern counties of West Tennessee about high numbers of bean leaf beetles, sometimes as many as 200-400 per 100 sweeps. Bean leaf beetle feed primarily on foliage in the upper part of the canopy. They occasionally will feed on pods, although this occurs rarely and is hard to predict. Continue reading