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Soybean Insect Update

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments
Green stink bug nymph

Having done several scout schools this past week and spending some time on the phone, there doesn’t appear to be any major insect pest problems in soybean at this time. However, it is also clear that stink bug populations have rebounded from last year. Some early maturing fields are above the suggested treatment threshold of 9 stink bugs per 25 sweeps. Most are green stink bugs, and Continue reading

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Tennessee Weekly Crop & Weather Report

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments


Wet conditions in several areas of the state prevented growers from harvesting hay that had already been cut or cutting hay that was past due being cut. Soybean planting is nearly complete, corn is tasseling in some areas, cotton is setting bolls, and herbicides and fungicides were being applied. Overall, Tennessee’s field crops look good. There were 4.8 days suitable for field work. Topsoil was 11 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 11
percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 12 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Continue reading at TN_07_09_18.  The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at CropProg-07-09-2018.

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Tennessee Market Highlights

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

A volatile week ended with corn, soybeans, cotton, and wheat up substantially on Friday to secure gains week-over-week across the board. December corn was up 8 ½ cents, November soybeans were up 38 ¾ cents, December cotton was up 2.49 cents, and September wheat was up 9 ¾ cents on Friday. Next week will be critical to determine if a bottom has been established for corn, soybeans, wheat, and cotton. Markets will continue to focus on weather and trade. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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UT Commodity Market Update 7/6/2018

Author: Danny Morris, Ext Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

Corn: September corn futures have rallied this holiday week in part due to the strength gained from the soybean market. However, that says very little given the decline that we have experienced in the corn markets since we put the crop in the ground. The below chart shows just how much corn futures have fallen since spring planting. Continue reading

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Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Educational Tool Available for Farms with Generic Base Acres that Planted Seed Cotton

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management No Comments

July 5, 2018 —The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is notifying farmers with generic base acres that planted seed cotton that a new tool is available to assist them in understanding how the new seed cotton program may affect their FSA payments. It helps a producer make decisions on how to allocate generic base acres to other covered crops based on a producer’s planting history.

The educational tool can be viewed at

Developed by Texas A&M University, the tool is for educational purposes only, and by using the tool, it is agreed that the results are not a guarantee of future FSA program parameters or payments. Users also acknowledge that this tool is provided with absolutely no warranty, without even the implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 included seed cotton as a covered commodity under the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program effective for the 2018 crop year. The Act also authorizes owners of a farm with generic base acres and a recent history of covered commodities a one-time opportunity to update the farm’s payment yield for seed cotton.

Complete details of this decision are available by reading the Notice(

Or by contacting your State or County FSA office

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).

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