We have been blessed with another great harvest season and it appears we may be able to finish harvest with little rain. Here on the 5th day of Oct, I would guess the average cotton acre within the state has already received the first application of harvest aids and is very close to seeing a picker. Even so, several acres have not been defoliated. This has led many to call with concerns about the cooler temperatures in the forecast over the weekend and several have asked if it is simply time to defoliate based on calendar date. Continue reading
Observing canopy characteristics during the growing season is a good way to understand the plant’s response to its environment. Occasionally, portions of the canopy may develop reddish-purple or red tones. The synthesis of anthocyanin, the pigment which typically causes the reddening, is commonly increased after leaves are exposed to light following multiple abiotic and biotic stresses. Continue reading
Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification Points can be obtained in C1, C10 and C12. Seven points will be available in each category. A total of 13 Certified Crop Advisor Continuing Education Units will also be available. See the complete breakdown here.
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
Many cotton acres are nearing the true “laying it by” application timing. Given how Palmer amaranth just keeps coming this year these directed applications are critical to obtain consistent control of Palmer amaranth. Continue reading
Many fields in West TN reached first flower well-before the 4th. I wouldn’t be surprised if over half of our acres will be blooming by the end of the week. With rain and warm temperatures in the forecast, expect very rapid plant growth in areas which have adequate moisture as we move into flowering. For those who have not applied an early shot of a plant growth regulator (PGR), you should consider doing so very soon. Several points should be considered when attempting to regulate growth in 2016. Continue reading
A topic of conversation lately has been dicamba injury on soybeans. There are 4 ways dicamba can move off target and injure soybean: sprayer contamination, temperature inversion, spray drift, and volatility. Continue reading