Category Archives: Farm Management

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

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2020 Middle Tennessee Grain Conference (Feb. 4, Tullahoma)

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The 2020 Middle Tennessee Grain Conference will be held at the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma, TN on February 4th. Registration begins at 7:30 AM with the program starting at 8:30 AM.  Participants are asked to pre-register at their local UT Extension Office until noon on January 31. Payment will also be accepted at the door. The $10 registration fee includes the program, refreshments, lunch, a conference cap, and a proceeding notebook.

Pesticide/dicamba re-certification will also be offered at 2:30 PM.  Additional details, including the registration form are available at Middle TN Grain Conference Flyer.

 

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Tennessee Weather and Crop Progress Report

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RAINS BRING MUCH NEEDED RELIEF TO STATE’S DRY AREAS

Following dry, hot weather that had started to negatively impact the State’s agricultural conditions, rains last week ruled and improved those circumstances. Most producers were able to get their first cuttings of hay harvested before the rains set in. Industrial hemp transplanting started and wheat harvest is expected to start soon. There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Topsoil moisture rated 2 percent very short, 10 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 1 percent very short, 13 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. You can read the rest of the weekly weather report for Tennessee at this link: TN Crop Weather 06_10_19. You can also read the U.S. crop progress report here: US Crop Progress 06_10_2019.

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Weed Tour: June 19, 2019

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JACKSON, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host the annual Weed Tour on Wednesday, June 19 at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. The guided tour will feature 60 weed management research tests in corn, soybean and cotton.

Weed Tour runs from 9 – 11:30 a.m., with registration opening at 8:30 a.m. A light breakfast will be served. Continue reading

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Tennessee Weekly Crop and Weather Report

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DRIER CONDITIONS AID PLANTING

Spotty showers did little to hinder corn, cotton, and soybean planting. Corn farmers continued to apply post-emerge herbicides and side-dress nitrogen. Hay producers were able to make substantial progress on their first cutting in areas where fields were dry enough to let them harvest. Strawberry growers reported good yields. There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Topsoil moisture rated 3 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 21 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 2 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 26 percent surplus. The Tennessee weather report can be accessed here: TN Crop Weather 05_20_19. The U.S. crop condition weekly report can be accessed here: US Crop Progress 05_20_2019.

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