The second blog on stewardship of XtendiMax and Engenia on Xtend crops will focus on nozzles. There is only one labeled nozzle and one orifice size that can be used to apply XtendiMax or Engenia over Xtend crops. That nozzle is Spraying Systems Turbo Tee Jet air Induction 04 (TTI11004) nozzle. Continue reading
A lot of labels on herbicides for the new herbicide trait technologies have arrived. The label to spray XtendiMax on Xtend soybean and cotton was granted in late November. The label to apply Engenia to Xtend soybean and cotton was approved ten days ago. This past Friday the EPA approved the label for Enlist Duo on Enlist crops for Tennessee.
I will be writing a series of blogs on stewardship of these herbicides focusing mainly on Xtend crops as Enlist will be planted on few acres in Tennessee in 2017. We also put together a 30 minute training module on stewardship of these herbicides as part of the pesticide re-certification that many applicators will take this year. Also, stewardship of these herbicides will be discussed in full at all the county producer meetings put on by UT Extension. I highly encourage everyone to attend one of these meetings.
The first of these blogs will focus on utilizing and stewarding the correct herbicides. Judging from calls there is a lot of uncertainty and in a few cases, some misinformation, out there about XtendiMax and Engenia. Continue reading
The 2017 Tennessee Grain & Soybean Producers Conference is being held at the Dyer County Fairgrounds in Dyersburg, TN on Thursday, February 2nd. On-site registration begins at 7:45. The programs ends after lunch following the Keynote Address by Harrison M. Pittman, Director, National Agricultural Law Center (University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture) on “Ag Law Update: Recent & Emerging Issues for the Ag Industry”. Preliminary Agenda (updated)
The twelfth annual Middle Tennessee Grain Conference set for Thursday, January 26 at Coffee County’s Fairgrounds in Manchester offers farmers insight to a number of emerging corn, soybean, and wheat production concerns. The conference is scheduled to get underway with registration beginning at 7:30 am. Registration is $20 at the door or $10 if participants pre-registering by Noon, Monday, January 23 through their local UT Extension office. Registration fees include the program and materials, refreshments, lunch, a copy of the conference proceedings, and a grain conference cap. View Program
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
Corn: The latest WASDE report was released this week along with the Crop Production report. The USDA has decreased the national corn yield by 1 bushel per acre from 174.4 to 173.4. If the final yield does equate to this value, then this will be the largest corn crop on record. Despite the expectations of a very large corn crop, December corn futures have increased by $0.15 since the market’s open on Monday. In fact, corn closed at a three-month high, which is uncommon, especially during harvest. Local corn basis has continued to remain stable over the past week.
Corn: December corn futures have increased since the beginning of the week. This is a continuation of the upward trend we have seen in corn futures since the beginning of September. This is due in part to the realization that the USDA’s yield forecasts were a bit overzealous. That being said, we still do not know the total size of the U.S. corn crop just yet. We are still a ways off from knowing that. The USDA did indicate that the ending stocks as of 9/1/2016 were smaller than expected. Continue reading