Relatively low disease has been observed in Tennessee so far. The warmer winters most areas had may have allowed survival of disease inoculum and paired with storms coming from the south could result in more disease development this season, so scouting and correctly identifying diseases are important. Continue reading
All posts by Heather Marie Kelly, Extension Plant Pathologist
Wheat Disease Update – Head Scab Prediction
Wheat is in bloom across the state and considerations for fungicide applications are being made. While little has been reported on foliar diseases in wheat, the Fusarium Head Blight Prediction model has shown some increased levels of risk for Head Scab. Continue reading
Summer Internships in AgResearch and Extension
Do you know a college student who is interested in science or agriculture, but needs more experience before starting their career? Tell them about the USDA-NIFA funded Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU) Internship at the West TN AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson, TN. Continue reading
Wheat Diseases and Fungicide Options
As temperatures warm up, be on the lookout for diseases developing. While disease levels in TN wheat has remained low that can change quickly. This article provides some general info on common wheat diseases one might see and management options.
So, You Wanna Be a Hemp Farmer?
Below are the presentations and handout given at the recent public forum on the essentials of growing hemp held at the West TN Research and Education Center on Jan. 14, 2020. Thanks to the Madison County UT Extension agent, Jake Mallard, and the West TN Chapter of the TN Hemp Industries Association for sponsoring the forum.
Preliminary Summary of 2019 UT Hemp Variety Trial Data – handout
Table Summary of UT 2019 Hemp Variety Trial Data – handout
Diseases, Insects, & Yields – What we saw in 2019 – presentation
Hemp Economics and Marketing – presentation
January 24, 2020 – Gibson County Extension Crop Production (Ed Jones Agri-plex) 8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. (Contact Philip Shelby for details)
January 30-31, 2020 – Cotton & Rice No-Till Conference (Memphis, TN)
February 3, 2020 – Henry County Extension Crop Production (Henry Co. Fairgrounds) 6 – 9 p.m. (Contact Ranson Goodman for details)
February 4, 2020 – Middle Tennessee Grain Conference (UT Space Institute in Tullahoma, TN)
February 6, 2020 – West Tennessee Grain and Soybean Conference (Dyer Co. Fairgounds, Dyersburg, TN)
February 7, 2020 – KY/TN Grain Conference (Russellville, KY)
February 11, 2020 – Haywood/Madison Extension Crop Production (Samuel T. Bryant Distillery, Jackson, TN) 9AM-12PM (Contact Jake Mallard or Lindsay Stephenson for details)
February 12, 2020 – Tennessee Agricultural Production Association Winter Agronomic Workshop (DoubleTree Hotel, Jackson, Tennessee) 8 AM – 4 PM
February 13, 2020 – Cotton Focus (West Tennessee Research and Education Center, Jackson, TN) 8 AM-12PM (lunch provided, pre-registration is not required)
Free soil testing for pathogenic nematodes in 2019 & results from 2018 samples
Taking soil samples this fall? Why not send them for nematode screening? Take the test and beat the pest! Read on to learn how to take soil samples, the importance of soybean cyst nematode (SCN), and what 2018 soil samples revealed with regard to SCN. Continue reading
After harvest – don’t forget to soil sample
After harvest is the perfect time to take soil samples not only for nutrient analysis but also to look for pathogens. You’ll never know if you have silent yield robbers lurking in the soil unless you look for them – Take the test, beat the pest!