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Place plants in your garden next to their friends to improve yields

You might not know it, but plants have friends, too. And some crops fare better when planted next to or near their friends. Companion planting refers to the establishment of two or more crop species in close proximity so that some cultural benefit is derived. Most often used in home gardens, University of Tennessee Extension [...]

Weekly Livestock Comments, May 3, 2013

Weekly Livestock Comments, May 3, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle sold mainly $2 higher compared to last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were primarily $128 to $130 while dressed prices were $206 to $207. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $129.02 live, up $1.77 from last week and $206.56 dressed, up $3.96 from a [...]

Weekly Crop Comments, May 3, 2013

Weekly Crop Comments, May 3, 2013

Price Change US Dollar 82.11 -0.47 Crude 95.46 +2.58 Dow 14,973 +232 Soybean, corn, cotton, and wheat prices are up for the week. This is Aaron Smith with University of Tennessee Extension on May 3, 2013. Going forward, I will be taking over the weekly and monthly crop commentary from Chuck Danehower. I would like [...]

Weekly Livestock Comments, April 26, 2013

Weekly Livestock Comments, April 26, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle on a live basis sold mainly $2 higher compared to last week. Prices on a live basis were primarily $127 to $129 while dressed prices were $202 to $203. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $127.43 live, up $2.20 from last week and $202.60 dressed, up $2.60 from a [...]

Weekly Crop Comments, April 26, 2013

Weekly Crop Comments, April 26, 2013

Price Change US Dollar 82.58 -0.27 Crude 92.88 -0.06 Dow 14,741 +198 Soybean prices are mixed while corn, cotton, and wheat prices are down for the week. The U.S. 1st quarter Gross Domestic Products (GDP) released today was 2.5%, less than the 3.2% that economist expected. On the supply side, weather forecasts and weekly crop [...]

Moles? Voles? What’s That Hole in My Yard?

Moles? Voles? What’s That Hole in My Yard?

The past couple of weeks have been fairly pleasant. Granted we have had some rain this year…a lot of rain, but I will take it. With the warmer temperatures many of us have been outside more and have been getting our yards and landscapes ready for the upcoming growing season. While in the yard several [...]

To enhance forage quality, cut your pasture down to size

To enhance forage quality, cut your pasture down to size

Springtime heralds the arrival of good growing conditions, and many pastures are growing faster than the cattle can graze them. To have an efficient forage and cattle production program, Dr. Gary Bates, director of the University of Tennessee Beef and Forage Center, says producers need to understand forage growth and its impact on quality. “If [...]

UTIA receives two USDA drought-related grants

Two projects proposed by University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture researchers have received nearly $685,000 in funding in the most recent round of USDA Conservation Innovation Grants. Announced on April 4, the prestigious grants are for projects geared toward innovative adaptations producers can make in response to drought. UTIA awardees included Dr. Justin Rhinehart, an [...]

Weekly Livestock Comments, April 5, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle sold mainly steady to $1 higher compared to last week. Prices on a live basis were primarily $128 to $129 while dressed prices were $203 to $204. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $128.29 live, up $0.53 from last week and $204.47 dressed, up $1.09 from a week ago. [...]

Weekly Crop Comments, April 5, 2013

Price Change US Dollar 82.63 -0.55 Crude 92.95 -4.54 Dow 14,565 -14 Wheat prices are up while corn, cotton, and soybean prices are down for the week. A disappointing jobs report released Friday reflected weaker than expected jobs growth for March. This has led today’s decline in the Dow. Toward the end of the week [...]

Weekly Livestock Comments, April 1, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle sold mainly $2 to $3 higher on a live basis and $5 higher on a dressed basis compared to last week. Prices on a live basis were primarily $127 to $129 while dressed prices were $203 to $204. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $127.76 live, up $2.99 from [...]

Weekly Crop Comments, April 1, 2013

Price Change US Dollar 83.18 +0.65 Crude 97.23 +3.52 Dow 14,579 +67 Cotton prices are up while corn, soybean, and wheat prices are down for the shortened trading week. Grain markets responded negatively March 28 to the bearish grain stocks reports led mainly by surprisingly bearish corn stocks. Follow through electronic trading April 1 indicates [...]

Weekly Livestock Comments, March 22, 2013 – UT Institute of Agriculture

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle sold mainly $2 lower compared to last week. Prices on a live basis were primarily $124 to $125 while dressed prices were primarily $198. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $124.77 live, down $1.74 from last week and $197.71 dressed, down $5.14 from a week ago. A year ago [...]

Weekly Crop Comments, March 22, 2013 – UT Institute of Agriculture

Price Change US Dollar 82.53 +0.06 Crude 93.87 +0.05 Dow 14,512 -2 Corn, soybeans, and wheat prices are up while cotton prices are down for the week. Markets most likely will be positioning themselves leading up to the March 28 USDA reports on grain stocks and planting intentions for the 2013 crop. It is very [...]

Weekly Livestock Comments, March 15, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle sold mainly $1 lower compared to last week. Prices on a live basis were primarily $126 to $127 while dressed prices were primarily $201. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $126.51 live, down $1.21 from last week and $202.85 dressed, down $0.41 from a week ago. A year ago [...]

Weekly Crop Comments, March 15, 2013

Price Change US Dollar 82.45 -0.51 Crude 93.84 +1.54 Dow 14,514 +117 Corn, cotton and wheat prices are up while soybean prices are down for the week. U.S. stocks fell Friday ending the longest winning streak for the Dow in nearly 17 years. Prior to today, the Dow had closed up 10 straight days. Watch [...]

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