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New Thoughts on Burndown Strategy

Junglerice escaping glyphosate plus dicamba burndown in Titpon county TN 2019

For the last two decades dicamba has been used extensively as a pre plant burndown on almost all Tennessee cotton and soybean acres. It was often used at 8 to 12 oz/A of a Clarity-type product 14 days before planting. I know it has become tradition to use it in this fashion, but I believe this should be changed for three reasons. Continue reading

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2019 TN Cotton Variety Trial Results now available

The 2019 TN Cotton Variety Trial Results Publication (PB1742) is now available online. This document contains detailed results from all harvested trails in the 2019 University of Tennessee Cotton Variety Testing Program.  This expanded publication follows the recently published summary publication, the 2020 TN Cotton Variety Guide (W285) which was released a few weeks ago.
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2020 Cotton Focus THIS THURSDAY, February 13th @ WTREC

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The 2020 UT Cotton Focus is this Thursday. This year’s meeting will be held at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center (605 Airways Blvd, Jackson, TN 38301) on Thursday, February 13th.   The agenda can be viewed by clicking here. Registration begins at 8:00 AM with opening remarks beginning at 8:25 AM.  UT Specialists will be presenting information on managing resistant bollworms and weeds, variety selection,  new diseases, and economic considerations for 2019, among other pertinent information.  The meeting will close with a provided lunch.  Pesticide re-certification and CCA points will be available. Look forward to seeing you there!

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Let’s rap about Dectes stem borer in soybean … not as bad as you think

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Over the years and several times in the last month, I’ve had folks tell me how bad Dectes stem borer hurt their soybean yields. Almost without exception, they describe low yielding spots in their fields and/or weak, dying, and dead plants … and they found a lot of Dectes larvae in the stems. They are convinced the two are related and look at me like I’m crazy when I suggest they are not. Here’s what I know. Don’t forget to look at the photos included at the bottom of this article!

What do we know about the biology and pest status of the Dectes stem borer? Continue reading

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