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Updates – UT Soybean Scout School on July 6, 9 and 10

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist Comments Off on Updates – UT Soybean Scout School on July 6, 9 and 10

UT Extension will be hosting three Soybean Scout Schools during July. Final details will be announced later, but these field-side programs last approximately 2.5 hours and cover the basics of soybean growth, scouting, pest identification, and general management.  Pesticide recertification and CCA CEU points will be available. Scout Schools are offered free of charge with sponsorship from the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board. Registration is not required. Participants will receive a scouting notebook and a sweep net while supplies last.

  • Friday, July 6 – 9:00 AM at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center, 605 Airways Blvd, Jackson, TN
  • Monday, July 9 – 12:30 PM – Beginning with a lunch at Wales Station Farms shop located at 540 Little Dry Creek Road Pulaski, TN …… and the Scout School will be held field side at 1:30 PM at 18498 Hwy 64 W, Pulaski, TN
  • Tuesday, July 10 – 9:00 AM at 8303 Clay Gregory Road, Orlinda, TN
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Managing Plant Bugs in Blooming Cotton

Author: Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist Comments Off on Managing Plant Bugs in Blooming Cotton

Reports of increasing plant bug pressure in cotton is not unexpected as we move into July. I’ve fielded a lot of questions about what to treat with, and it is hard to get very inventive when there are only a few ‘got to’ insecticides. Acephate/Orthene and Transform are the backbone of our plant bug management program in blooming cotton. Getting Bidrin into the mix is another option. I encourage everyone to try to work in Diamond and Transform (or both) into their insecticide program. Overreliance on OP insecticides such as Continue reading

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TN Dicamba Deadline Looming

Author: Ginger Rowsey, Marketing and Communications Comments Off on TN Dicamba Deadline Looming

July 15 is the cut off date for applying Engenia, FeXapan or XtendiMax over the top of Xtend crops in Tennessee. After July 15, a hooded sprayer must be used for all applications. Dr. Steckel shares a few helpful reminders.

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Tennessee Weekly Crop & Weather Report

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off on Tennessee Weekly Crop & Weather Report

WEATHER BRINGS CHALLENGES FOR LIVESTOCK, CROP PRODUCERS

Widespread showers, while helping tremendously with development of crops already in the ground, also limited some producer’s ability to get back into the field to bale hay that had been cut. Rain also forced some producers to delay applying weed control applications and finish planting crops. There were also reports of pink eye in cattle. There were 3.8 days suitable for field work, compared to 4.8 last week. Topsoil moisture was 11 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 20 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Hay and Roughage supplies were 12 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus.  Continue reading at TN_07_02_18. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at  CropProg-07-02-2018

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Tennessee Farmers Planting More Corn, Soybeans, Cotton

Author: Chuck Danehower, Extension Area Specialist - Farm Management Comments Off on Tennessee Farmers Planting More Corn, Soybeans, Cotton

RELEASED: June 29, 2018

Tennessee Farmers Planting More Corn, Soybeans, Cotton

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its Acreage and Grain Stocks reports today, based on the June Area and June Agricultural Surveys conducted earlier this month. “Tennessee producers plan for increased acreages of corn, soybeans, cotton and hay in 2018,” said Debra Kenerson, Tennessee State Statistician. “All types of tobacco acreages are expected to decline, with burley taking the largest impact, decreasing 3,000 acres from 2017 and even showing a 500-acre decrease from producers’ March 2018 expectations.” Continue reading at June 29 Acreage Report.

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Tennessee Market Highlights

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

Corn, cotton, and soybeans were down; wheat was mixed for the week. For one day, weather and trade took a temporarily back seat for corn, soy-bean, cotton, and wheat markets as today’s focus was the release of two USDA reports – the Acreage and Grain Stocks. Markets reacted quickly with cotton, wheat, and corn up for the day and soybeans down. Highlights of the reports included: Corn acres planted in 2018 were estimated at 89.128 million acres, down 1.039 million from 2017 and up 1.102 million acres from the March 2018 Prospective Planting report. The increase from the Prospective Planting report was expected as strong corn prices and good weather during the planting season brought in additional corn acres. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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