All posts by Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist

Thoughts on our last planting window and the next one to come

The Extension Cotton Specialists’ Working Group, with funding from Cotton Inc and support from a number of seed companies,  has been studying seed quality and the impacts marginal seed have on in-season performance since 2020.  I planted the 2022 seed quality trial last Thursday (April 28th) with the expectation that even the best treatments would struggle, based on the forecast.   To my surprise, each time I checked the forecast temperatures increased and rain chances shrunk.  Some of those treatments emerged yesterday and they rowed this afternoon (pictured above).  The planting window that I thought would help separate excellent seed from marginal seed just might make everything look great! Continue reading


National Cotton Council Trust Protocol Seminar + Lunch, March 25th @ WTREC

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The National Cotton Council is seeking engagement from cotton crop consultants to help facilitate the enrollment of cotton producers in the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol.  The Trust Protocol is an industry-led sustainability initiative that proves, measures, and verifies the sustainability of U.S. cotton.  This seminar will provide information and benefits regarding the Trust Protocol so that you as the consultant can assist your producer with the enrollment process.  Cotton producers are invited and encouraged to attend as well to learn more about the Trust Protocol and enroll.  Consultants have the ability to enroll in the Trust Protocol and then, once linked with their enrolled producer, can enter field level information on behalf of the producer.  Complete enrollment in the Trust Protocol prior to the end of March will allow producers to enroll their 2021 crop data and bales.

Join us on March 25th at 10AM at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center (605 Airways Blvd. Jackson, TN 38301).  Lunch will be provided and NCC staff will be present to aid in Trust Protocol enrollment.  Please RSVP to Savana Denton at sdenton@cotton.org.  Hope to see you there!


Overcoming the Timber Harvest Blues: Out of the rubble will come renewal

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Over the past several months, those that drive by the ‘Experiment Station’ in Jackson have noted big changes on the farm.  In July of 2021, it was difficult to see more than a few hundred yards across the north side of the station from the 45 bypass.   Now, from the bypass, you can almost see traffic on Airways Blvd.

As a row crops blog, we rarely dive into subjects outside of those directly related to corn, soybean, cotton or wheat.  Subsequently, we rarely include content on the blog from one of our most well known and best Extension Specialists, Dr. Dave Mercker.  Dr. Mercker serves as our Extension Forester and is world-renowned; he has been named a Fellow by the Society of American Foresters and was named the 2020 Extension Forester of the year by the Forest Landowners Association.  Dr. Mercker recently completed an outstanding publication covering the process of ‘recovery’ after timber harvest.  Dr. Mercker has graciously written a brief history of the West TN REC timber stand for this blog and included a link to the Extension pub I mentioned above at the end of this article.  I am certain you will find both of these very informative and will likely have reason to reference Dr. Mercker’s publication on your own farm.   You’ll also find a brief video highlighting the WTREC timber harvest by Julia Ewoldt above.  Continue reading


Reminder – 2022 UT Cotton Focus, Thursday, Feb 10

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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.  S&J’s Roadside will be catering lunch.

This is an event you will not want to miss!  We have several excellent guest speakers that will provide very valuable insight into several important decisions that we will have to make during 2022. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

 


Cotton Focus coming up February 10th

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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!

 


2021 TN Cotton Variety Trial Results now available online

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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.


2021 Tennessee Official Variety Trial Results now available

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The 2021 Tennessee Official Variety Trial (OVT) Results are now available online.  By clicking the image above or the pdf below, you will be directed to trial information, an overall OVT average table, and individual average tables for five of the 2021 OVTs.  Continue reading


Preliminary 2021 Cotton CST Data

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Preliminary data from the 2021 TN Cotton CSTs is now available.  We are releasing an average table for the XtendFlex trials and the Enlist trials today and hope to release the quality and individual location results in the near future.  Keep in mind the XtendFlex and Enlist trials are conducted separately, so direct comparisons between tables cannot be made from this dataset.  Also, stay tuned for the OVT small plot trial data average table which includes 41 commercial and pre-commercial varieties.  Continue reading