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AgFax Weekend: Crop Ins. Fraud | Tariff Fears

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Texas Rice: Draining Fields; Spider Mites; Beaumont Field Day

Quite a bit of Texas rice is now being drained in preparation for harvest. In general, the Texas rice crop looks good, but recent rains have put a damper on […]

Texas LRGV: Some Whitefly in Cotton – Look Out for Armyworms in Sorghum

Cotton I’m still seeing whitefly pressure heavier along the river. Majority of cotton fields look pretty clean with only a couple whitefly adults. Started to see some of the first […]

Rice Update: Farmers Draining Fields, Harvest Set to Begin

The rice industry remains in a stupor as the wait for new crop harvest drags on. In the weekly reports, export sales were off slightly as compared to last week’s […]

Georgia Pecans: Leaf Scorch on Young Trees

I’ve had a lot of calls over the last few weeks regarding leaf scorching on young trees. This is a topic I have written and talked about quite a bit […]

Minnesota: Managing P and K in Flooded, Ponded Soils

The 2018 cropping season has been a challenging year for those in areas affected by heavy rainfall and saturated soils. Excessive water can result in the loss of soil nutrients […]

Alabama Peanuts: Insects Slowly Building, Keep Scouting

Rains have continued for the most part in Alabama with almost none of the key peanut production areas marked as drought on the US Drought Monitor website. This is good […]

Georgia Corn: Southern Rust Present, Scout Til Hard Dough

Southern Corn Rust has showed up in the last week or so and is present in at least 3 counties. It is scattered through the state and could be present […]

Texas West Plains IPM: High Temps Pushing Cotton

Cotton Cotton is currently being driven hard by the high temperatures.There are several fields which will have already reached physiological cut-out of 5 or fewer nodes above uppermost 1st position […]

Indiana: Davis Purdue Ag Center Field Day, Farmland, Aug. 30

Purdue Extension will host Davis Purdue Agricultural Center Field Day on Aug. 30. Field days are educational opportunities offered throughout the summer by Purdue Agricultural Centers and Purdue Extension. These […]

Arkansas Corn: Irrigation Termination – How Do I Tell When?

Many Arkansas corn growers are anxious to get to irrigation termination as it has been a long hot and dry summer for many. This year in particular many producers who […]

Texas Mid-Coast Cotton, Soybeans: Watch for Stink Bugs in Late Fields

While many fields are harvest ready, stink bugs are potential pests in the cotton and soybean fields that have yet to reach maturity. Cotton should be scouted for stink bugs […]

Mississippi: 2018 Row Rice Trials – How Are They Looking?

Here are some updated photos of the Row Rice trials as they begin to head out. This year we have nine locations in Bolivar, Leflore, Coahoma, and Tunica counties. Many […]

Arkansas Rice: Hot, Dry Weather Leaves Tough-to-Fight Weeds

Rough weather conditions caused many Arkansas rice fields to be overrun with grassy weeds.

Rose on Cotton: Demand Strong – Mid 90s Look Possible

The bears posted a modest win on the week with the Dec contract giving up 76 points to finish at 87.08. The Dec – Mar spread weakened a bit over […]

Indiana Soybeans: Dicamba – Wind Speeds and Label Restrictions

Now that we are in the middle of July and most herbicide applications in corn and soybean should have ended, we wanted to take a look back at June this […]

Indiana Soybeans: Moisture Stress and Spider Mites

As some areas of Indiana are dry getting drier, there is more concern about the possibility about spider mites being a culprit for yellowing foliage. Remember that many other factors […]

South Carolina Cotton: Bollworm Decisions Looming

We still have plenty of aphids. Hopefully, though, the fungus will start helping us on a widespread scale. However, many folks are still calling and texting about aphids, so the […]

Weekly Cotton Market Review – USDA

Average quotations were 180 points higher than the previous week, according to the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service’s Cotton and Tobacco Program. Quotations for the base quality of cotton (color 41, […]

Catfish Production: Water Surface Acres, Foodsize Inventory Increase

Water Surface Acres up 4 Percent The water surface area to be used for catfish production in the three major producing States (Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi) during July 1 through […]

USDA: Peanut Price Highlights

Peanut prices received by farmers for all farmer stock peanuts averaged 24.0 cents per pound for the week ending July 14, up 1.0 cent from the previous week. Marketings of […]

Mississippi: Catfish Supplies Cause Prices, Sales to Flounder

An abundance of U.S. farm-raised catfish has driven prices down and delayed independent growers from getting their fish to the processors.  Jimmy Avery is a professor with the Mississippi State […]

Arkansas Cotton: Growing Bollworm Populations Could Be a ‘Budget Buster’

Worries over growing bollworm populations are amplified by possible resistance to dual gene technology. “The bollworm pressure is decidedly higher than what we’ve seen in the last couple years,” said […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: Big Year for Japanese Beetles

It is proving to be a big year for Japanese beetles in Illinois, and while populations should be starting to decline in much of the state, there is still a […]

Illinois Corn: Time to Scout for Southern Rust

This week there has been a slight uptick in the amount of foliar disease reports in corn, likely as many people are actively scouting prior to making a fungicide application decision.  The most common […]

Louisiana Soybeans: Nutrient Profile – Magnesium

This nutrient profile is a part of a weekly series dedicated to the function of the 16 essential nutrients in soybean. 

Rice Harvest Starts in Louisiana-Texas Coastal Belt – AgFax Rice

More cutting would have started but rains kept combines out of fields that are planned for second-cropping production this fall.

Dossett on Rice: Be Prepared for Swings – Manipulators are Out There!

Cash Market International rice prices are firming up after a 5 week drop. Thai White 5% traded at $397 MT this week. India is priced at $412 and Pakistan is […]

Tobacco: USDA – 6% Less Flue-Cured?

USDA released its first estimate of 2018 tobacco production on July 12, based on early June surveying. The estimate covered flue-cured only and forecast this season’s production at 432 million pounds, […]

Tennessee Cotton, Soybeans: Bollworm Moth Traps Picking Up

Moth traps and field reports indicate the beginnings of the bollworm moth flight that could affect both cotton and soybean. Below are my suggestions on deciding if and when to […]

West Texas Cotton: Bollworm Pressure Light, Stay on Guard

I am glad folks are paying attention to what is happening in other areas. I had a few calls regarding bollworms this week–mostly in response to the hubbub in Central […]

Louisiana Sugarcane: New Variety Featured at AgCenter Field Day

A new sugarcane variety that will be available for Louisiana farmers to plant this year was highlighted at the 36th annual sugarcane field day at the LSU AgCenter Sugar Research […]

Dicamba Injury Update – Different Year, Same Questions

As explained in previous articles from this season, I have attempted to provide updates as to the extent of dicamba injury throughout the United States, either in the form of […]

Drought Monitor Weekly: Generally Hot – Hit or Miss Showers

Summary Over the last week, relatively warm weather was common over much of the country, particularly in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Washington, Oregon, and California. Widespread rainfall fell over parts […]

Drought Outlook Seasonal – Aug., Sep., Oct.

During the past month, a typical summertime hit and miss pattern of scattered showers and thunderstorms covered most of the Nation east of the Rockies while seasonably dry weather occurred […]

Moving Grain: Weekly Barge Shipments Decrease

Weekly Barge Grain Shipments Decrease Due to the high water conditions and lock and dam repairs, grain barge shipments experienced a notable drop in tonnages for the week ending July […]

Minnesota: Soybean Aphids Popping Up – Podcast

Welcome to the 5th IPM Podcast for Field Crops – this Podcast is sponsored by the UMN Extension Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program. During the past week soybean aphid populations […]

Arkansas Cotton: Tarnished Plant Bugs – Insecticide Rainfastness

Tarnished plant bug numbers are picking up in cotton and with pop-up rainfall we experience this time of year, we are getting calls on how long an insecticide needs to […]