In this Issue:
  • 2017 Average Farm Land Rent and Labor Rates
  • Weed of the Week: Black Cherry
  • Now is the Time to Soil Test Crop Fields
  • Winter Pastures Looking Yellow? It Could be a Sulfur Deficiency
  • Cotton Marketing News: October Numbers Were Not As Expected but Prices Hold
  • Crop Nematode Damage a Serious Issue this Season
  • Cotton Marketing News: Changes in the Loan Program and Rate for 2017
  • Why is Nematode Damage Patchy in Crop Fields? How Does this Affect Management Decisions?
  • Utilizing the Information on the Tag of a Seed Bag
  • 2017 Sunbelt Ag Expo – October 17-19
  • Field Crops

    2017 Average Farm Land Rent and Labor Rates

    Some of the most challenging conversations, in almost any relationship, are the ones about money.  This is certainly true as farmers and landowners negotiate lease agreements, or managers and workers negotiate salaries for the year ahead. It can be pretty challenging to determine a “fair price” to rent a specific farm, or to set the …

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    Weed of the Week: Black Cherry

    Black Cherry is common across the southern half of the United States. Mature trees span from 50 to 90 feet tall with an oval silhouette shape, and low branches that normally droop to the ground. This native tree is commonly used for landscaping but can also be  found in pastures and along fence lines.

    The …

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    Now is the Time to Soil Test Crop Fields

    Your peanut fields are harvested and you’re probably waiting for those last few bolls to bust open to finish cotton harvest. After that, it’s time to soil test!

    Fertilizer expenses are 46% of your total operational costs in corn in the South. That number is 24% for cotton, and 15% for peanuts. Fertilizer is the …

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    Winter Pastures Looking Yellow? It Could be a Sulfur Deficiency

    Cheryl Mackowiak, UF/IFAS NFREC Soils Specialist

    As producers near the end of cover crop and cool-season forage planting in the Southeastern U.S., it is time to focus on fertilization.  Depending upon your state, extension professionals have establish guidelines for how much and when to apply nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) fertilizers to …

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    Cotton Marketing News: October Numbers Were Not As Expected but Prices Hold

    Don Shurley, UGA Emeritus Cotton Economist

    Last week, I visited an “apple house” in north Georgia.  On this day, there were 3 or 4 bus loads of kids there also—touring the orchards, petting animals, and eating all sorts of yummy stuff.  In the store, you could buy apples by type already bagged for …

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    Crop Nematode Damage a Serious Issue this Season

    After back to back mild winters, the 2017 growing season has been a banner year for pests. Prolonged cold weather normally diminishes pest populations, but this year pests of all types survived winter with populations that have increased dramatically.

    Most of the growing season, whiteflies were the major concern across fruit, vegetable and agronomic crops. …

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    Cotton Marketing News: Changes in the Loan Program and Rate for 2017

    Don Shurley, UGA Emeritus Cotton Economist

    The marketing assistance loan (MAL) is an important tool used by many producers and marketing associations in cotton pricing and risk management.  In addition to research and farmer education, I teach courses in commodity marketing and agricultural policy and I tell my students that the key to …

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    Why is Nematode Damage Patchy in Crop Fields? How Does this Affect Management Decisions?

    I’ve had the opportunity to visit a number of grower fields this summer to assess potential nematode damage and I’ve often been asked this question: “Why is nematode damage worse in one section of a field than another, or worse in one field than another one nearby? ” This question reflects the fact that nematode …

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    Utilizing the Information on the Tag of a Seed Bag

    Fall is here so it is time to prepare for winter grazing. Once you determine the variety(s) you will be planting (2017 Cool-Season Forage Variety Recommendations for Florida), the next step is to order and purchase the seed. However, not all seed is equal. While most cattlemen are familiar with reading feed tags, you …

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    2017 Sunbelt Ag Expo – October 17-19

    The Sunbelt Agricultural Expo will celebrate its 40th anniversary with this year’s show to be held on Tuesday, October 17 through Thursday, October 19, 2017 just outside of Moultire, Georgia.  Physical Location:  290-G Harper Boulevard, Moultrie, GA 31788-2157.  Gates open at 8:30 AM Eastern Time and close at 5:00 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday, and …

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