Category Archives: Cotton

Nominations for Certified Crop Adviser of the Year

The nomination for the CCA of the Year is still open. This is a great opportunity to honor a CCA personnel in TN for their exceptional customer service, innovations, substantial contribution to the exchange of ideals and the transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agricultural industry. Click on the CCA of the year brochure to learn more about the award or nominate a deserving Certified Crop Adviser. Contact Jaymie Seay ( for additional information.


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2021 Cover Crop Variety Trials in Tennessee

As corn and soybean come out of the fields, it’s time to think about planting cover crops. Cover crops offer many benefits to cash crop systems. They can improve soil health and long-term resiliency, suppress weeds, reduce soil and nutrient losses, and provide nitrogen to your subsequent cash crop. However, it is important to remember that not all cover crop species and varieties are created equal. Just like planting a maturity group 0 soybean in Tennessee is not going to maximize your yield, planting a cover crop species or variety that is not regionally adapted is not going to maximize your benefits.

Which cover crop species/varieties will maximize benefits in a Tennessee production system? Over the past two years, we have conducted cover crop variety trials in Tennessee to help answer that question. The latest results from 2020-2021 can be found here. Pdf and excel files from all years are available at Continue reading

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Couple of thoughts on cotton and a field day in Fayette County Sept 13th

In the past month, I’ve had the opportunity to walk several excellent fields that will likely be defoliated in September and many of our later planted acres have narrowed the maturity gap despite the weather continuing to fall below our 30 year average for heat unit accumulation.  On farm visits throughout this summer, I often found myself repeating the old verbiage about ‘cotton knowing how long it has left in the season’- half to provide a positive outlook on the crop, and half to convince myself that some of this top crop had a chance.   We still have a ways to go, but in the last few weeks, that saying about cotton knowing where it is in the season again appears to be true. In this blog, I share a few last-minute management thoughts, make a few comments about defoliating some of our earliest cotton, and highlight a field day coming up next Monday, Sept. 13th in Fayette County.

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Environmental shed and abnormal growth appearing in some areas

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Over the past few weeks, several have reported poor retention in an area just northwest of Jackson.  I’ve spent several days walking some of the impacted fields- this crosses multiple growers and a substantial number of acres- and the cause is becoming more clear.  The adjacent image is characteristic of retention and growth noted within the impacted area. In this blog, I attempt to describe the mechanisms that drive environmental shed, our current hypothesis on the cause of poor retention in the area just north of Jackson, and the decisions you’ll need to make if you see this on one of your farms.

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2021 Cotton Tour STILL ON! Join us THIS WEDNESDAY (Sept. 1st) at 8AM

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Join us this Wednesday for the 2021 Cotton Tour!  The remnants of Hurricane Ida and the three doves that were in the area will be gone by Tuesday afternoon.  Partly cloudy weather with mild temperatures are forecast for Wednesday- hard to ask for better field day weather! Continue reading

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Agenda for Sept 1st Cotton Tour now available

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The 2021 Cotton Tour is less than a week away.  You can access the agenda by clicking the above banner or here.

This event is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 1st at the WTREC (605 Airways Blvd., Jackson, TN 38301).  Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the tour departing at 8:30 a.m.  The tour will end at noon with lunch. University of Tennessee Extension and Research personnel from across the state will be presenting on a wide range of topics including: variety testing, including updates on ThryvOn; fungicides and target spot; weed and resistance management; defoliation; insect control; market outlook; and drought mitigation, just to mention a few.  Pesticide Re-certification and CCA points will be available.

Cajun Express will be catering the event with fried catfish and chicken.  Come join us Wednesday morning to pick up some useful information and eat a great meal right before dove season opens!

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Stink bugs and kudzu bugs in soybeans

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Many soybeans in Tennessee have entered the reproductive stages and this is a critical time for scouting insects.  This is especially true for fields in the later development stages with seed forming in pods as they are very attractive to several species of stink bugs, which are seed feeders. Continue reading

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