All the cover crops planted last year has led to many calls on management this year. One of the most common calls is do herbicides applied to heavy and, on occasion, sometimes still very green cover get to the soil so they can provide residual Palmer amaranth control? Continue reading
There have been a lot of questions this spring about planting into green cover crops. We have conducted a fair amount of research on this at Jackson and through trial and error we have found that planting into a green cover crop can be done effectively. Controlling and properly managing the cover crop are the most important things to consider when planting in a green cover (termination 0-7 days prior to planting). Less than complete control of your cover can cause stunting or stand loss of cash crop. Continue reading
In tough economic times, producers review their cost structure to determine what crops are profitable. In a year like 2016, some farmers are going a step further and looking at each individual field to decide what is the best option for that particular farm. On land that is deemed to be more marginal, what is the best option? Should that ground even be farmed? Could it be enrolled in CRP for a greater return? Read the following article for more considerations on this topic: Will We Farm Every Acre in 2016
It is raining as I write and as soon as it dries corn planting will take priority along with some starting to think about early soybean planting. With the exception of Select Max, there is no major problem with planting corn right around a burndown application which makes it much easier than in soybean where many of the burndown herbicides have plant back restrictions. Continue reading
As planting nears, people are beginning to decide how and when to terminate their cover crop. Cover crops are utilized for many reasons. However with respect to weed suppression, cover crops should be managed “crop specifically”, not unlike how we think of PRE herbicides. Factors that go into this decision will include cover crop specie(s), what the following crop is, and the size/stage of the cover crop.
Last summer we talked about how application time of day (TOD) can effect more herbicides than just Liberty (link here). Initial results indicated that for Flexstar, Blazer, and Cobra applications made in the middle of the day were more effective than applications made at sunrise or sunset. Over the winter, we have been further investigating this concept in the greenhouse. Continue reading
A new publication has been released detailing the 2015 planted acreage for corn, cotton, grain sorghum, soybeans, and wheat in Tennessee by County. To review this publication go to 2015 Planted Acreage in Tennessee.