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Crop Progress – Tennessee and U.S.

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

PRODUCERS ACTIVE WITH FIELD WORK AS WEATHER ALLOWED

Corn harvest resumed where fields and corn had dried down enough after the rain and wind events from Hurricane Harvey. Producers also cut hay and silage. Crop damage and loss were being assessed. Yields from all harvested crops were very promising. Cotton defoliation is expected to begin soon. Producers are getting into fields as much as possible ahead of next week’s rain forecast. There were 5.8 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was 5 percent very short, 5 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 5 percent very short, 7 percent short, 77 percent adequate and 11 percent surplus. Continue reading at TN_09_11_17. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at  CropProg-09-11-2017.

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2017 MidSouth Cotton Defoliation Guide

Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist No Comments

The Mid-South’s cotton crop is rapidly maturing and many of our acres will receive a harvest aid application soon after Hurricane Irma moves through the area.  There are many factors to consider in determining timing, products and rates.   In an effort to outline these decisions and provide harvest aid recommendations for the Mid-South, the 2017 Mid-South Cotton Defoliation Guide has just been updated by the MidSouth Cotton Specialists’ Working Group and is now available online.   To access the guide, click the image above or the included link.  Please keep in mind that this was compiled as a regional guide and should be used in conjunction with your previous experiences.

 

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Tennessee Market Highlights

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

Corn, cotton, and soybeans were up; wheat was mixed for the week.

Commodity markets are positioning for potential damage from hurricane Irma.
December cotton prices were up 2.71 cents (and set a new 1-year high at 75.75)
for the week as expected land fall of Irma in Georgia and the Carolinas could
cause significant damage to the cotton crop.

The marketing year for corn and soybeans came to a conclusion on August 31. Compared to the previous marketing year, exports were up 19% and 14% for corn and soybeans, respectively. Top importers of soybeans (percent of world imports) were China (64%), the European Union (10%), and Mexico (3%). Top importers of corn were Japan (11%), Mexico (11%), and the European Union (10%). From 2013-2016, 13-15% of US produced corn was exported and 46-50% of US produced soybeans (this does not include processed products
such as DDGs and soybean meal). Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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Soybean insect update and identifying redbanded stink bugs

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist 1 Comment

Many of our early soybean fields are turning yellow and came through the season not needing an insecticide application. I’ve had a number of calls about threshold levels of kudzu bugs in some of these fields. The threshold is 1 nymph/sweep, and some fields are running 2-3 times this level. Although this exceeds threshold, I’m Continue reading

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Crop Progress – Tennessee and U.S.

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

HEAVY RAINS STALL HARVEST AND CAUSE SOME CROP DAMAGE

While some areas of the State benefitted from the heavy rains resulting from Hurricane Harvey, those same rains along with strong winds caused crop lodging and left some fields under water in heavy crop producing areas. Before the rains, the corn that had been harvested showed promising yields. Producers now have to wait for corn and fields to dry down before resuming harvest. There were only 3.8 days suitable for field work, compared to 6.1 the previous week. Topsoil moisture was 3 percent short, 58 percent adequate and 39 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus. Continue reading at TN_09_05_17. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at  CropProg-09-05-2017.

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Tennessee Market Highlights

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off on Tennessee Market Highlights

Corn, cotton, soybeans, and wheat were up for the week.

For the month of August, December corn opened at $3.83 and closed at $3.57
¾, down 25 ¼ cents with a high of $3.89 and a low of $3.44 ¼; November soybeans
opened at $9.96 ¾ and closed at $9.45 ¼, down 51 ½ cents with a high of $10.00 ¼ and a low of $9.21; December cotton opened at 68.86 and closed at 70.93, up 2.07 cents with a high of 71.20 and a low of 66.64; and July wheat opened at $5.37 and closed at $4.83 ½ down 53 ½ cents with a high of $5.43 ½ and a low of $4.74 ¼. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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