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A new tool for utilizing Mid-South soybean variety trial data

Which soybean variety is best suited to my region? State variety testing programs provide critical research to help answer that question by evaluating hundreds of soybean varieties every year across multiple locations within a state. But what if we think beyond the bounds of our state borders when it comes to variety evaluation? While a single state alone provides valuable data, our growing regions often cross state lines. A location in West Tennessee may share more similarities to sites in East Arkansas than it does to East Tennessee. By combining variety testing data across multiple states, we can create a more robust dataset that allows us to better predict which varieties are best suited to specific regions and growing conditions. Continue reading

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Points to Consider when Choosing Soybean Herbicide Trait Platform

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(Picture 1) Palmer amaranth in this field in 2020 and 2021 escaped multiple applications of dicamba, glyphosate and glufosinate

Several retailers and growers in recent weeks have asked about switching away from Xtend soybeans due to the poor pigweed control they have seen in consecutive years in some fields. There are a lot of moving parts when one attempts to answer this question and some different points need to be considered. Continue reading

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Bicentennial Heritage Festival This Saturday (Jackson, TN)

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Be sure to stop by the West TN Research and Education Center this Saturday (Oct. 9, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM) for this event commemorating our agricultural and rural heritage on the bicentennial of many counties in the region becoming a bona fide part of Tennessee. This should be a great event for families and the weather is looking good!

Link to the PROGRAM and VIDEO PROMO

Join us at 605 Airways Blvd, Jackson, TN, 38301

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Start Planning for Herbicide Shortages in 2022

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Retailers and the basic suppliers are all very concerned about herbicide shortages in 2022. We all can recall similar concerns this past spring.  In most cases applicators were able to get what they needed .  However, this spring retailers were often able to fill shortages by accessing carryover from 2020.  I have been told there will be no carryover herbicides to fill holes in 2022 so the probability of herbicides not being available is much more likely. Continue reading

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Harvest aid concoctions moving into the first full week of Oct

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Rainfall pushed us out of the field today and it looks like we may not get back to spraying until early next week; it is generally best to not apply harvest aids in front of a guaranteed rain.  In this blog, I cover defoliation concoctions as we move into cooler temperatures next week. Continue reading

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Cotton Specialists’ Corner: Conversations on Harvest Aids

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The Extension Cotton Specialist Working Group, under the leadership of Dr. Seth Byrd, began a podcast earlier this year discussing management decisions and topics important to the industry.  In the past two weeks, two episodes have been released which cover harvest aids; the first includes comments from Steve Brown (AL), Camp Hand (GA), and Bill Robertson (TX) discussing methods for scheduling harvest aid applications and application strategies to optimize harvest aid performance; the second includes Guy Collins (NC), Matt Foster (LA), and Tyler Sandlin (North AL) discussing various harvest aid products, tanks mixes, and how to address late season crop issues through harvest aid product and rate selection.  These podcasts contain excellent content which will be extremely timely as we move into the next few weeks.  Continue reading

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Defoliation trial results, thoughts, and concoctions for the next few days

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I dug through my closet to get a jacket this morning.  With cooler temps creeping into the forecast, calls on defoliation timing, products and rates have really picked up.  In this blog, I highlight results from the earliest defoliation strip trial we’ve applied in 2021, share a few concoctions that I’ll be running on the earliest cotton here in Jackson next week,  circle back on boll maturity and give a couple of additional thoughts on what we will likely face in the coming weeks.

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