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Closing Rice: Futures retraced a portion of recent gains 12-16

Closing Cotton: Market Hits Third Successive Rally High 12-16

Closing Livestock: February Lean Hogs Debuts with Triple Digit Push 12-16

Closing Grain: Finish Higher 12-16

U.S. Stock Market News 12-16

Midday Grain: Market Mixed 12-16

Linn Soybean Commentary: Heavy Volume And Continued Demand Out Of China Support Bean Complex 12-16

Linn Corn Commentary: Funds Lead The Way 12-16

Midday Livestock: Livestock Futures Gaining Momentum 12-16

Kansas: K-State Agronomist Discusses Vertical Tillage - What it Is and How it Works 12-16

Davidson's Farm: Test Plot Results 12-16

Texas: Multi-County Ag Conference Set January 19 in LaCoste 12-16

Opening Cotton: Bounces to Trade Higher 12-16

Texas: Duncan Joins AgriLife Extension as State Small Grains Specialist 12-16

Opening Grains: All Higher Overnight in Relatively Light Activity 12-16

Opening Livestock: Cattle Contracts Should Open Mixed 12-16

K. Good's Farm Policy: Climate Issues; and Chairman Peterson 12-16

Owen Taylor: Why (maybe) it always seems to rain in town 12-16

Georgia Pecans: Grower deliveries light going into second half of December 2009 12-15

Georgia: Nominations Open For Young Peanut Grower Of The Year 12-15

Louisiana Pecans: Deliveries still light, trading interest increases 12-15

Texas Pecans: At mid-December, deliveries light, demand good for better pecans 12-15

DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends 12-15

Dairies to Reduce Gas Emissions 12-15

Taxlink by Andy Biebl 12-15

Linn Wheat Commentary: Overnight markets were weaker as the U.S. 12-15

Texas Research: Strip Tillage and Primed Acclimation Promising for Crop Improvement 12-15

Tennessee: 2010 Milan No-Till Field Day Scheduled 12-15

Louisiana: 2010 Rice Leadership Development Class Announced 12-14

Indiana: Farmers face latest harvest since 1972 12-14

Ag Lending Changes: Struggle for Bankers and Farmers 12-14

Arkansas: Rain Damage Loss Remains at $309 Million 12-14

USDA National Weekly Rice Summary 12-14

Virginia Harvest: Seeing Better than Expected Grades 12-14

Owen Taylor Up Early: Asian Oil Demand, Onions For Energy, Another Tool For Remote Moisture Monitoring 12-14

Mississippi Row Crops Short Course Programs Now On Line: Roundup resistance, insects, fertility, disease management 12-14

FMC introduces Broadhead rice herbicide 12-14

Peanuts: Argentine Planting Off To Reasonable Start, Export Report Includes U.S.-Bound Tonnage 12-14

U.S. Diesel Fuel Cost Survey 12-4

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Upcoming Events:

(FD: field day; SS: scout schools)

2010 National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conferences, January 4-7. New Orleans Marriott Hotel and Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

Tri-State Soybean Conference, Jan. 8, Stoneville, MS.

Kansas: `Keeping the Family Farming´ Workshop, Jan. 9 & 23, Zion Lutheran Church, Beloit (2 sessions).

National Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference
Tunica, MS - Jan. 12-13.

Southern Field Crop Alliance Conference, Jan. 13 & 14, Tunica, Ms.

Kansas: `Keeping the Family Farming´ Workshop, Jan. 16 & 30, Fisher Community Center, Hiawatha (2 sessions).

Texas West Plains Ag Conference, Jan. 18, South Plains College, Hockley County, 806-894-3159 (continuing ed).

Texas Drip Irrigation Workshop, Jan. 19, Brownfield, Terry County, 806-637-4060 (continuing ed).

Texas Southern Mesa Ag Conference, Jan. 19, Lamesa, Dawson County, 806-872-3444 (continuing ed).

Texas Multi-County Agriculture Conference, Jan. 19, 8:30 am, Catered Lunch, Our Lady of Grace Parish, LaCoste.

Texas Caprock Crop Production Conference, Jan. 20, Floyd County Friends Unity Center, Floydada, Floyd County, 806-983-4912 (continuing ed).

North Carolina Southern Cotton Growers/Southeastern Cotton Ginners Annual Meeting, Jan. 20-23, 2 pm, The Westin, Charlotte (pre-register).

Texas Llano Estacado Cotton Conference, Jan. 21, Muleshoe, Bailey County, 806-272-4584 (continuing ed).

Louisiana 2010 Agricultural Outlook Conference: “Keeping Louisiana Agriculture Competitive," Jan. 21, State Evacuation Facility, LSU AgCenter's Dean Lee REC, Alexandria.

Kansas: `Keeping the Family Farming´ Workshop, Jan. 9 & 23, Zion Lutheran Church, Beloit (2 sessions).

Southern Cotton Growers & Ginners Annual Meeting, Jan. 20-23, The Westin, Charlotte, NC.

3rd Annual Georgia Cotton Conference & Georgia Cotton Production Workshop, January 27, 7:30 am, UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton.

Kansas: `Keeping the Family Farming´ Workshop, Jan. 16 & 30, Fisher Community Center, Hiawatha (2 sessions).

Texas Llano Estacado Corn Conference, Feb. 9, Castro County Exposition Building, Dimmitt, Castro County, 806-647-4115 (continuing ed).

Texas South Plains Ag Conference, Feb. 10, Brownfield, Terry County, 806-637-4060, (continuing ed).

Texas Cottonseed Variety Meeting, Feb. 10, Farwell, Parmer County at 806-481-3619, (continuing ed).

Texas Cotton Production Meeting, Feb. 11, Lamesa, Dawson County, 806-872-3444, (continuing ed).

Louisiana: 75th Annual Livestock Show Feb. 13-20. Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales.

RTWG (Rice Technical Working Group) 33rd Conference, Feb. 22-25, Biloxi, MS.

Texas Cotton Production Meeting, Feb. 22, Tahoka, Lynn County, 806-561-4562, (continuing ed).

Texas Cotton Variety Selection, Cotton Outlook and Fertilizer Management, Feb. 23, Brownfield, Terry County, 806-637-4060, (continuing ed). 

Tennessee: 26th Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day, July 22,

To list an event, contact Owen Taylor



Be On The Lookout For Budworms In Young Peanuts

I have received reports from peanut specialists and county agents from counties in the southwestern corner of the state concerning severe outbreaks of tobacco budworms in young peanuts.

Ordinarily, the threshold is 4 per foot on older peanuts, but young plants cannot tolerate heavy feeding, especially during times of drought and extreme heat. Take time to walk your fields and look closely. Observe all insect activity in the field, and look for three-cornered alfalfa hoppers while scouting for caterpillars.

Pyrethroid insecticides should provide adequate control. But monitor fields closely after spraying to ensure resistant populations are not out there.

My concern is that we are using pyrethroids in too many instances in other crops without proper justification based on insect pest populations, thus creating tolerance to pyrethroids. If you have populations at the economic threshold level, spray and scout three days later.

Resistance to pyrethroid insecticides is based on the insect being able to detoxify the poison without being killed. Most populations exhibit varying levels of tolerance to pyrethroid insecticides. Thus, when scouting fields the day after spraying, lethargic insects will be found lying on the ground.

One would think that caterpillars off the plant and on the ground are certainly dead. These days that may not be the case. Those caterpillars basically have the equivalent of an insecticide-induced “hangover.” 

That is why it is critical to scout 3 days after spraying. Survivors will have moved back onto the crop and started feeding again by that time. If active populations are found after spraying pyrethroids, move on to higher priced products such as Steward or Tracer.

Signs of foliage feeding caterpillars will be stripped leaves and the insects themselves. Damage will be obvious when or if you see any. Damage from three cornered alfalfa hoppers can also be a problem early on. Look for girdling around young plants, and look for live insects also.

Be aware that planting peanuts behind burned-off wheat fields puts the crop at high risk for infestation from Lesser Cornstalk Borers (LCB). This is true also for soybeans and snap beans. Moths are drawn to burned fields immediately after burning, and infest young plants quickly after emergence.

The moth lays her eggs directly beside a seedling, just below the soil line. The egg hatches after 2 to 3 days of incubation, then it tunnels directly into the plant and builds its silk feeding tube. The life cycle and feeding habits of the LCB makes it very difficult to control. Granular chlorpyrifos products such as Lorsban 15G do the best, most consistent job by far.

Do NOT expect liquid chlorpyrifos applications to last as long and provide as much residual control as granular chrlopyrifos. Sunlight degrades the molecule of the active ingredient of the liquid form very rapidly, thus killing its activity. Also be cautious of using pyrethroids to control LCBs. The temptation is there to use liquids because of lower price and easier application,

BUT, you don’t get as much control for the dollar as compared to granular chlorpyrifos. Killing an LCB that has established itself in the plant is very difficult, so scout often and treat early before you have a problem. This year may be hard enough to make good grade and yield, so lets don’t give up anything because of not treating on time.

Finally, please DON”T use pyrethroids at every fungicide application just because they are cheap. It creates problems of the worst kind. Besides creating resistant populations of Tobacco Budworms, it also decreases sensitivity to the insecticide by other foliage feeding insects such as Velvetbean Caterpillars. It may also cause uncontrollable outbreaks of spider mites.

The moral of the story would be to scout your peanuts regularly, scout them thoroughly, and don’t use any foliar insecticides until they are needed. Use granular chlorpyrifos for controlling LCBs in peanuts planted behind burned wheat fields.

The following is the url to a University of Florida publication about Lesser Cornstalk Borers:


Rusty Harris

County Extension Coordinator

Worth County

204 E. Franklin St, #9

Sylvester, GA 31791

(229) 776-8216