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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 down for the week. Price declines for corn, soybeans, and wheat moderated this week as markets search for new information. With the USDA March reports out of the way, focus will now shift to planting progress and weather forecasts.

Since early October, December corn has traded mostly between $3.75 and $4.00 with only occasional moves outside of this range.

November soybeans have decreased over 70 cents since the beginning of March. Fortunately, the projected price for crop insurance was set at $10.19 providing some revenue support at a higher level than current market offerings. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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A Summary of the USDA’s Prospective Plantings and Grain Stocks Reports, March 31, 2017

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off on A Summary of the USDA’s Prospective Plantings and Grain Stocks Reports, March 31, 2017

On Friday, March 31, 2017, the USDA released its annual Prospective Plantings report (http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/current/ProsPlan/ProsPlan-03-31-2017.pdf) and quarterly Grain Stocks report  (http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/current/GraiStoc/GraiStoc-03-31-2017.pdf). Continue reading 2017 Prospective Plantings for  a summary of the reports, both nationally and for Tennessee, and profitability updates for corn, cotton, soybeans, and wheat in Tennessee.

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Corn Herbicide Premixes

Author: Larry Steckel, Extension Weed Specialist Comments Off on Corn Herbicide Premixes

Corn Herbicide Premixes. Judging by phone calls over the last week it seems there is a good number of questions on some relatively new corn herbicide premixes. The three newer corn herbicide premixes are Acuron, Armezon PRO and Resicore. Continue reading

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Fungicide considerations and disease identification in wheat

Author: Heather Marie Kelly, Extension Plant Pathologist Comments Off on Fungicide considerations and disease identification in wheat

While I have not heard of any reports of major diseases in wheat in Tennessee, I won’t be surprised if that changes over the next couple of weeks. To better guide fungicide decisions, one first needs to correctly identify what disease they are trying to manage. Resources on both disease identification and fungicide selection can be found on the new, mobile-friendly field guide at guide.utcrop.com. Continue reading

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Crop Progress – Tennessee and U.S.

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off on Crop Progress – Tennessee and U.S.

RAINS KEEP PRODUCERS OUT OF THE FIELD

Rains across most of the State has helped green up pastures. At the same time, very little corn has been planted and producers are anxious to start getting corn, as well as their other crops, in the ground. Because of the incessant rains, there were only 2.9 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was 3 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 23 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels were 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus. The earlier hard freeze caused light to severe damage to most of the wheat crop. Wheat damage from the previous freeze was 6 percent severe, 31 percent moderate, 27 percent light, and 36 percent no freeze damage. Continue reading the Tennessee NASS Crop Progress report  at TN_04_03_17. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at CropProg-04-03-2017.

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Tennessee Market Highlights

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

Corn was up; cotton and soybeans were down; and wheat was mixed for the week. On Friday, the USDA released the Prospective Plantings and Grain Stocks reports. Before the USDA reports were released, harvest futures for corn, cotton, soybeans, and wheat were trading at $3.82/bu, $0.735/lb, $9.58/bu, and $4.35/bu, respectively. For the day, corn closed at $3.88 ¼, cotton at $0.7409, soybeans at $9.54, and wheat $4.39. Overall the reports were bearish for soybeans and neutral-to-bullish for corn, cotton, and wheat. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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Burndown Considerations

Author: Ginger Rowsey, Marketing and Communications Comments Off on Burndown Considerations

In this short video, Dr. Larry Steckel discusses factors to consider before making burndown applications this spring.

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Tennessee Cotton Acreage Continues to Rebound After Record Low in 2015

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off on Tennessee Cotton Acreage Continues to Rebound After Record Low in 2015

Released: March 31, 2017
Tennessee Cotton Acreage Continues to Rebound After Record Low in 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the Planting Intentions report today, showing Tennessee farmers intend to plant less corn, but more soybeans this year.

 
“Prospective plantings gives us the first indication of producer’s plans for row crop acreages,” said Debra Kenerson, Tennessee State Statistician. “In addition to farmers intending to plant 90,000 more soybean acres, this release indicates that cotton acreage is on a slow but steady increase from the record low acreage in 2015.”

 
Farmers in Tennessee intend to plant 840,000 acres of corn, 40,000 acres lower than 2016. U.S. corn growers intend to plant 90 million acres for all purposes in 2017, down four percent from last year and two percent higher than 2015. Continue reading at MarchPP17_TN.

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