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Cotton Defoliation with Cool Temperatures

Author: Ginger Rowsey, Marketing and Communications Comments Off on Cotton Defoliation with Cool Temperatures

Over the next few nights, temperatures are forecasted to fall below 60 degrees F, which changes defoliation recommendations. Dr. Tyson Raper provides info on products to use when nighttime temperatures dip.

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Defoliation as temperatures begin to drop

Author: Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist Comments Off on Defoliation as temperatures begin to drop

The past two weeks have been excellent for defoliation.  Clear skies, nighttime temperatures in excess of 65F degrees, and very few scattered showers have allowed many to shed green leaves and open bolls quickly.  Unfortunately, the end of this week is forecast to bring much lower nighttime temperatures; several nights are expected to hit the low 50s.  The good news-  chances for rain over the next week are slim, daytime temperatures are still relatively warm, and only a few days are forecast to be partly cloudy.  Still, as temperatures begin to drop, products and rates will need to be altered.   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.

Good Corn Yields Reported, Winter Wheat Planting Begins

Corn harvest was active last week, with some producers reporting corn for grain yields as good as or better than last year’s average. Isolated showers in southern Middle Tennessee delayed some harvest efforts. Producers are planning their last cuttings of hay, adding to their winter stocks. Some winter wheat has been planted. Crops and pastures were in mostly good to excellent condition. There were 6.4 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was 8 percent very short, 5 percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 9 percent very short, 8 percent short, 78 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Continue reading at TN_09_25_17.  The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at CropProg-09-25-2017.

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Tennessee Market Highlights

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

Corn and cotton were down; soybeans and wheat were up for the week.

December corn futures prices have moved sideways since the contract low on August 31 of $3.44 ¼, closing at $3.50 ¼ on Thursday. Mixed yield reports across the Corn Belt continue to provide some production uncertainty. Fur-ther complicating the supply picture are USDA’s projections of 2.335 billion bushels of domestic stocks versus an almost 1 billion bushel projected decrease (8.935 billion bushels to 7.971 billion bushels, an 11% year-over-year reduction) in global corn stocks from the 2016/17 marketing year end to the 2017/18 marketing year end. Corn prices are likely to establish (if the low hasn’t al-ready been set) a bottom this month. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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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.

WEATHER SLOWS BURLEY TOBACCO HARVEST

 

Burley harvest was delayed by wet weather conditions. As the weather dries, harvest is expected to again be in full swing. Corn harvest has progressed with good yields reported, some even above last year’s record. Cotton defoliation was ongoing. Producers are preparing to make another cutting of hay, continuing to build their stocks for winter. There were 3.8 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was 10 percent very short, 4 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 12 percent very short, 6 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 12 percent surplus. Continue reading at TN_09_18_17. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at CropProg-09-18-2017.

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Tennessee Market Highlights

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

Corn and cotton were down; soybeans and wheat were up for the week.

This week the USDA released the September WASDE and Crop Production Reports.
Analysis of the reports can be found at: Tennessee Monthly Crop Comments.

Overall the September WASDE report was bearish for corn, soybeans, and cotton and neutral-to-bullish for wheat. 2017/18 projected domestic (world) ending stocks were 2.335 billion bushels (7.971 billion bushels), 475 million bushels (3.584 billion bushels), 6 million
bales (92.54 million bales), and 933 million bushels (9.669 billion bushels) for corn, soybeans, cotton, and wheat, respectively. Global corn stocks were projected down from the previous marketing year, while soybean, cotton, and wheat stocks were projected up. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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Cotton Defoliation: Consider Regrowth

Author: Ginger Rowsey, Marketing and Communications Comments Off on Cotton Defoliation: Consider Regrowth

Dr. Tyson Raper encourages cotton producers to select defoliation products to manage re-growth in 2017.

 

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