Category Archives: Cotton

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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Field Crop Insect Management Recommendations (PB 1768) Available Online

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The 2020 version of PB 1768, Insect Management Recommendations for Field Crops (and pasture), is now available. The guide has gone through substantial revision this year and closely matches the content on the mobile friendly Disease and Insect Field Guides at https://guide.utcrops.com/. Hard copies will be available soon and distributed through county extension offices and at various educational meetings.

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Wheat, aphids and BYD … it’s that time of year

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Courtesy of Oklahoma State University and USDA-ARS

This is a repeat of an article from last year (as a reminder). One of the most consistent yield responses I’ve seen in my time at UT is when a foliar insecticide application is made to wheat at this time of year (late January – late February). An insecticide application, specifically a pyrethroid insecticide, has increased yield by an average of 5.7 bushels/acre. Thus, this application has become a fairly routine recommendation. Insecticides can be co-applied with a herbicide or Continue reading

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Upcoming Events

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)

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Tennessee Certified Pesticide Applicator Recertification, Dicamba and Paraquat Training in 2020.

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Tennessee Certified Pesticide Applicators must take recertification training in 2020. The recertification training is good for three years. In addition, those who will be spraying Engenia, Tavium, FeXapam or XtendiMax on Xtend crops must take dicamba training in 2020. A new addition from the EPA will be the requirement that anyone who purchases, mixes or applies a paraquat-containing herbicide to take the “How to Safely Use and Handle Paraquat-Containing Products” training module. Continue reading

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