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Tennessee Weather and Crop Progress Report

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RAIN DELAYS CROP HARVEST, PLANTING; IMPROVES CROP CONDITIONS

The rain shortened week delayed the end of winter wheat harvest and thus double-crop soybean planting. Tobacco and hemp producers made some headway on setting their crops between rains. Limited field activities included applications of weed controls and nitrogen, and 2nd cuttings of hay. The persistent rains are positively affecting crops and pastures and heading off heat stress. Vegetables in the eastern part of the state have little to no insect pressure. There were 4.5 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was rated 8 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 11 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Hay and roughage supplies were rated 4 percent very short, 15 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus. You can continue reading the entire report here:  TN Crop Weather 07_01_19. You can also view the latest U.S. crop condition report here: US Crop Progress 07_01_2019.

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Reports of Sketchy Palmer Amaranth Control with Engenia and XtendiMax

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There have been a good number of calls on sketchy Palmer amaranth control with a 12.8 oz/A of Engenia or 22 ozs/A of XtendiMax mixed with a quart/A of Roundup PowerMax. I visited a number of these fields last week and indeed anywhere from 14 to 20 days after application some Palmer amaranth were recovering. Continue reading

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Managing Early Season Plant Bugs in Cotton

Good early-season management of tarnished plant bugs relies on a sweep net, monitoring square retention, and making timely insecticide applications as needed. During the first two weeks of squaring, the recommended treatment threshold is an average of 8 or more plant bugs per 100 sweeps. After that, treatment is recommended anytime of infestations average 15 or more plant bugs per 100 sweeps Continue reading

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Moth Trapping Data

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Corn earworm (bollworm) moth

A reminder that moth trapping data are updated weekly at http://www.utcrops.com/BlogStuff/2019MothTrappingData.pdf, and you can also access these data on the Quick Links of this site.  Pheromone-baited traps are run for corn earworm (bollworm), tobacco budworm, and southwestern corn borer.

With the exception of some notable hotspots for southwestern corn borer, moth trap catches are generally low, as typically observed this time of year.

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