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Record corn and soybean yields for 2017

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

Record corn and soybean yields for 2017 crop

Corn production in Tennessee is estimated at 121 million bushels, up 1 percent from the November forecast and down 3 percent from the previous crop. Yield was estimated at 171 bushels per acre, unchanged bushels from the previous forecast and up 20 bushels from the 2016 level. Acres for harvest as grain were estimated at 710,000 acres, down 120,000 acres from 2016. U.S. corn production is estimated at 14.6 billion bushels, up slightly from the November forecast and down 4 percent from 2016. Yields averaged 176.6 bushels per acre, up 1.2 bushels from the previous forecast and up 2.0 bushels from 2016. Area harvested for grain was estimated at 82.7 million acres, down 1 percent from the November forecast and down 5 percent from 2016. Continue reading at  PRJAN18_TN.

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Dicamba Stewardship Training in Tennessee

Author: Ginger Rowsey, Marketing and Communications No Comments

Before Tennessee applicators can apply low-volatile versions of dicamba herbicide in crop in 2018, they must first attend a University of Tennessee Extension dicamba-specific training.

UT Extension’s Dicamba Stewardship training is mandatory for all individuals applying XtendiMax, Engenia or FeXapan in Tennessee, not just the certified applicator.

“The goal of this training module is to Continue reading

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Tennessee Grain & Soybean Producers Conference (Dyersburg, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018)

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

The Tennessee Grain & Soybean Producers Conference will be held in Dyersburg on Thursday, February 1st at the Dyer County Fairgrounds. Free registration is from 7:45 – 8:45 AM. The program includes a trade show, multiple presentations on crop management, and a sponsored lunch. The keynote speaker this year is Greg Peterson of You Tube Farming Sensations and Peterson Farm Brothers discussing “Being an Advocate for Ag: the Role of Millennials”.

2018 Grain Conference Draft Agenda (Revised)

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Middle TN Grain Conference (Tuesday, January 30th, 2018)

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist No Comments

Manchester, Tenn. — The thirteenth annual Middle Tennessee Grain Conference is set for Tuesday, January 30th at the Coffee County Fairgrounds in Manchester. This conference offers farmers insights and solutions to a number of emerging corn, soybean, and wheat production concerns.

The conference will be underway at 7:30 A.M. beginning with registration which is $20 at the door or $10 if pre-registered before noon, Monday, January 25 through their local UT Extension office. Registration fees cover the cost of program materials, refreshments, lunch, conference proceedings (copies of all presentations), and one grain conference cap per person (given at the end of the Conference). Continue reading

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Tennessee Market Highlights

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

Cotton, soybeans, and wheat were up; and corn was mixed since December 22.

A New Year brings new opportunities for marketing, however it is also a good time to examine where the markets are relative to past years. The new crop December corn contract closed 2017 at $3.84/bu, virtually the same as the 2016 ($3.80/bu) and 2015  $3.83/bu) December contracts at the same time the past two years. Corn markets continue to suffer from large domestic supplies and a glut of grains on the world market. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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Tennessee Market Highlights

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

Corn, cotton, and wheat were up; and soybeans were down for the week. The nearby corn futures contract has traded between $3.01 (8/29/16) and $4.43 ¼ (7/13/15) since July 2014. 1,270 calendar days when the nearby contract has traded in a $1.42 range. As of the market close today, the nearby contract was $3.52, in the middle-to-lower end of the long-term range. Looking towards 2018 it is very unlikely that nearby corn futures will exit this long term trading range. Large global and domestic stocks of corn and other grains will limit rallies in the nearby futures contract. As such, producers may want to evaluate opportunities in deferred futures contracts and/or improvements in local basis as a path to higher prices. Given record corn yields in Tennessee a few extra cents per bushel can greatly assist producer profitability. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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Cotton Variety Guide | 2018

Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist Comments Off on Cotton Variety Guide | 2018
The 2018 TN Cotton Variety Guide is now available  online. This document summarizes results from the 2017 University of Tennessee Cotton Agronomy program and serves as a precursor to a full release of trial results in PB 1742 to come within the next few days.  Summary tables from the 2017 season were calculated from six Official Variety Trials (OVTs), three large, replicated on-farm trials and thirteen County Standard Trials (CSTs) scattered throughout TN’s cotton producing counties.  To access the document click the adjacent image or the hyperlinks above or below.

Special thanks to all those who participated and/or contributed to the program during the 2016 growing season. See more here: W285

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Tennessee Market Highlights

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

Corn, soybeans, and wheat were down; and cotton was up for the week. With U.S. harvest complete, commodity markets will now shift focus to South American crop progress and U.S. exports. Each Thursday, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service provides a summary of export sales for agricultural products (weekly numbers for corn, soybeans, cotton, and wheat are quoted below). Data in the report are broken into two general categories of export sales: 1) exports (shipped); and 2) outstanding sales (sales  that have not been shipped). Together these categories make total export sales commitments. These two categories are often compared to the USDA total marketing year projected exports – the export estimates contained (and revised) each month in the USDA WASDE report. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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