The University of Tennessee Extension is working with our State USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) to increase awareness of CFAP money that is available to assist crop, livestock, and dairy producers. Continue reading
Generally, a nutrient deficiency occurs as a result of low soil nutrient levels. However, prevailing environmental conditions, soil properties, and growth conditions may restrict nutrient uptake and induce deficiencies in crops even if soil nutrient levels are deemed sufficient for optimum yield. For example, low or high soil pH, soil compaction, and excessively wet or dry soil may prevent nutrient uptake. A handy diagnostic tool to identify nutrient deficiency in crops is via visual symptoms. In some instances, this tool may not provide a definite diagnosis of the nutrient status of the plant. Keep in mind that there are other conditions that are cable of inducing symptoms that closely resemble those of nutrient deficiencies. Visual symptoms should be corroborated with tissue and/or soil testing. Adequate knowledge of visual symptoms and tissue testing may help guide corrective actions in-season or preventive action in the following season to avoid yield loss.
This past week samples from Chester, Lauderdale, and Montgomery Counties in Tennessee were confirmed to have southern corn rust, so the question is do you need to put out a fungicide application… Continue reading
Follow the link below to experience the 2020 Milan No-till Field Day at your own pace! You can watch an entire tour by clicking on its name, or just one presentation by clicking on a specific title.
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A reminder that moth trap catches are reported weekly for corn earworm (bollworm), tobacco budworm, and southwestern corn borer. You can find these data under the Quick Links menu of this web site which takes you to the link below.
We are also seeing an increase in bollworm moth catches. I’m hopeful many of these moths will target later corn rather than cotton or soybean, but Continue reading
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
It’s been a generally quite week for insect problem but below are some reminders and suggestions.
Cotton: Most cotton is past the stage where thrips are a concern. Tarnished plant bugs will now be our primary focus for much of the season. Thus far, most reports indicate a slow and sporadic start with plant bugs, but treatments are now being made more widely. However tempting, I encourage people to avoid using Continue reading
Just a reminder that moth trapping data are collected weekly and reported on this website under the Quick Links menus (http://www.utcrops.com/BlogStuff/2020MothTrappingData.pdf). Moth catches of bollworm (corn earworm) and tobacco budworm are low, typical of this time of year. However, southwestern corn borer traps in some areas are pretty high. For those with non-Bt corn, this is a cause for concern in those areas (and perhaps others). This first generation will be found feeding within whorls until they begin stalk tunneling. You can read more about their management by Continue reading