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Cotton Focus coming up February 10th

The 2022 University of Tennessee Cotton Focus is coming up on February 10th from 8AM to 1PM in Jackson, TN at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center (605 Airways Blvd Jackson, TN 38301).  Lunch will be provided and CCA, Commercial Applicator and Master Row Crop Points will be available. 

I will be posting the final agenda next week, but I can promise you will not want to miss this year’s content!  We have several speakers that will be addressing extremely impactful information that will help tackling the challenges of 2022.  Hope to see you there!


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Management Practices to Optimize Nitrogen Fertilizer Use with High Fertilizer Prices

Nitrogen (N) fertilizers may be a limiting factor for corn production based on rising N fertilizer prices and other production input. There are a few things to consider with high N fertilizer prices: (a) apply N fertilizer at the right time, (2) add or treat urea-based fertilizers with a proven N stabilizer, and (3) apply the N fertilizer at the appropriate N rate.

Apply N fertilizer at the right time

Preplant N application in corn is not recommended in Tennessee because of the length of time from application to when the corn plant will begin significant N uptake. One exception is the application of anhydrous ammonia with properly calibrated equipment. Corn plants take up little N (<12% of N uptake during the growing season) until V6 growth stage, with the most active period of N uptake occurring between V8 to V14. Hence, there is a greater risk for N loss via ammonia volatilization or nitrate leaching from preplant N. Split application is recommended when N rates are greater than 120 lb N/A. A typical split management practice is to apply a third of the total intended N per acre at planting and sidedress the remaining N fertilizer between V4 to V6. Split application also provides flexibility to adjusting N rate during growing season as compared to just a single application at planting. Split-application of a third of the recommended N at planting and sidedress the remaining N fertilizer provides greater yield than single application at planting (Figure Below-average across six trials). Continue reading

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Tennessee Market Highlights – 01/21/2022

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

The rise in fertilizer and other input prices has been well documented. In Tennessee, 2022
estimates for corn, cotton, and soybean production have total costs up 31-39%, 21-27%, and 18-29% compared to 2021. A large portion of the increased cost can be attributed to fertilizer prices. For example, UAN is up 171%, urea is up 148%, potash is up 119%, and DAP is up 79% compared to the same week last year. The direction of input prices remains highly uncertain. A reasonable case can be made for additional increases or a moderate pull back in fertilizer prices in the 1st quarter of 2022. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.

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2021 TN Cotton Variety Trial Results now available online

The 2021 Tennessee Cotton Variety Trial Results Publication (PB 1742) is now available online.  Included within these results are ten large strip trials (CSTs) testing 15 XtendFlex commercial varieties, three large strip trials (CSTs) testing 5 Enlist commercial varieties, and six small plot trials (OVTs) testing 41 experimental and commercial varieties. Special thanks to all of the agents and producers who helped generate this data.  Additionally, thanks to the USDA Classing Office in Memphis for assisting with this effort.  If you have any questions on location response or variety placement, please do not hesitate to reach out directly to your county agent.

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Supply and Demand Estimates and Profitability Outlook – 01/12/2022

The MonthlyCropOutlook011222 is a summary of the USDA’s monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. This summary is prepared monthly by Dr. Aaron Smith. In the report, domestic balance sheets for corn, soybeans, cotton, and wheat are displayed. Market reactions for each commodity on the day of the report release are also reported. Additionally, supply and demand estimates for key importing and exporting countries are provided for the current month along with change in estimates from the previous month’s report. The profitability outlook has also been updated after the release of January 2022 USDA WASDE report.

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Tennessee Market Highlights – 01/07/2022

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

2022 brings drastically different prices than one year ago for many row crops. At the start of
January, December corn closed at $5.47 ½, up 26% compared to last year; November soybeans closed at $12.83 ¾, up 14.5% compared to last year; December cotton closed at 92.95, up 23.3% compared to last year; and July wheat closed at $7.55, up 20% compared to last year. High commodity prices are positive for farmers; however, input prices and availability continue to challenge producers planning the 2022 crop. Fertilizer prices are double or triple last year’s prices and availability of crop protection products are providing planning issues and creating headaches for producers and ag retailers alike. Even if high prices hold, producer profitability is projected to be lower than 2021. Continue reading at  Tennessee Market Highlights.

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