6:00 PM Aug 26, 2015
This is the season for the fall armyworm. This is a chronic pest in the southeast annually. If you notice sudden brown spots in your pastures or hayfields with thin plants, this may be an indication that you have the fall armyworm present. They feed on a variety of crops including bermudagrass, alfalfa, pearl millet, sorghum sudan hybrids and tall fescue, with bermudagrass and alfalfa being two of their favorites.
7:00 PM Aug 19, 2015
I have had lots of questions regarding what to do about thin tall fescue pastures and hayfields. A thin stand of grass allows more weed pressure and reduces overall grass production. Thin grass stands can result in reduced stocking rates which leads to reduced animal production per acre.
5:00 PM Aug 12, 2015
I have already heard someone say, “it feels like fall is in the air.” Summer gardens are beginning to show signs of decline and their production is now limited. This presents the opportunity for a fall garden.
6:00 PM Aug 5, 2015
This week was proclaimed National Farmers Market Week by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. Secretary Vilsack announced that 8,144 farmers markets are now listed in USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory, up from about 5,000 in 2008. The directory is published online at farmersmarkets.usda.gov.
6:00 PM Jul 29, 2015
Beef cattle need minerals to remain productive and healthy. The mineral status of the brood-cow affects reproduction, growth, milk production and health. When cattle are pushed to perform to a higher genetic potential, mineral demands increase. If these de-mands are not met, performance is reduced.
5:30 PM Jul 22, 2015
Dallisgrass (Paspalum dilatatum) and goosegrass (Eleusine indica) are two of the most challenging turfgrass weeds in Tennessee to control. As a general rule, the longer they have been established, the more difficult it will be to control. Both are clumpy, low growing, spreading type grass weeds with seed heads that grow on spikes.
6:00 PM Jul 15, 2015
There have been some changes in the market. The following were the market comments from Dr. Andrew Griffith, UT agricultural economist, regarding current cattle market trends and the influences that may be affecting the market prices.
8:01 PM Jul 8, 2015
What has happened to price of eggs and the price of chicken on the grocer’s shelf? Prices are at record highs and rising. A person in the grocery remarked to me this past week that she had never paid so much for eggs. Prices on that day averaged $3 or more per dozen.
8:05 PM Jun 24, 2015
We are currently experiencing some very hot weather conditions with daytime highs in the low to upper 90’s and increased humidity. The heat index has already exceeded 100 degrees. Everyone knows these are very uncomfortable conditions. Hot weather and high humidity are also uncomfortable for livestock. Hot weather and high humidity reduces breeding efficiency, milk production, feed intake and weight gain. It can take a toll.
9:00 PM Jun 17, 2015
The cattle market continues to be strong. We have not experienced a down side to the market in quite some time. Cattle producers continue to remark on the record prices they are receiving. Someone said recently that if cattle producers cannot realize a profit currently, then they really need to explore another enterprise.
10:00 PM Jun 10, 2015
It’s “fly swatter season” in Wilson County. I have noticed that fly populations are trending upward. Warmer weather and rain showers help make for the perfect “fly breeding haven.” Flies are not just irritating but can cause production losses in cattle.
8:00 PM Jun 3, 2015
What is known as “America’s premium fiber?” It is renewable, natural, eco-friendly, color fast, durable, biodegradable, easy care, flame resistant, comfortable, sustainable and water resistant. If you guessed wool, you guessed correctly. It is sometimes known as a “miracle fiber.”
1:00 PM Nov 27, 2014
Sheep are the oldest domesticated meat species in the world.
5:00 PM Nov 12, 2014
As temperatures turn colder, gardeners may wonder what to do with their garden seeds, tools and chemicals.
9:00 PM Jun 18, 2014
Summertime is synonymous with gardening and this season brings UT Extension agents many questions in regard to garden issues and insects. Folks are already bringing garden plants with obvious disease or insect issues by the office seeking solutions to the problems.
8:00 PM Mar 26, 2014
Subterranean termites are the most destructive wood-feeding insect in Tennessee, and even though they do their part to recycle dead and fallen trees back into the soil, termites can also attack the wood, paper and other wood scrap sources around a home, according to University of Tennessee entomologist, Dr. Karen Vail.