2021 Outlook

May 03,2021

U.S. farmers expect to plant more corn and soybean acreage

4 Ways to Get More Value Out of Agriculture Equipment and Technology

Aug 17,2020

Looking and planning ahead to this winter, we can make the most out of the tagalong equipment and technology that may be around for several more years. Agronomic and technological tools are often thought of as too expensive or inaccessible, but there are many ways to upgrade equipment without buying brand now.
Looking and planning ahead to this winter, we can make the most out of the tagalong equipment and technology that may be around for several more years. Agronomic and technological tools are often thought of as too expensive or inaccessible, but there are many ways to upgrade equipment without buying brand now.
 

5 Ways Precision Ag Can Benefit Growers

Dec 07,2020

Precision ag has been a hot topic in the farming industry since the early 1990s, coinciding with the universal adoption of GPS (global positioning systems) and rapid growth of computing power.  If a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle had advanced at the pace of personal computers over the past 34 years, today we could go 300,000 miles per hour with that car and get 2 million miles per gallon of gas — all for the mere cost of 4 cents. And GPS technology not only allows us to get quick and easy driving directions on our cell phones and fuel hundreds of everyday business and personal uses, but it also gives us new ways to better manage farm data and applications. 

 

Adding extra value to dry fertilizer

Feb 24,2020

Few combinations benefit improved pastures and hay fields as much as fertilizer with weed control.
It’s been common to include herbicide with liquid fertilizer, but more recently, it’s become possible with dry fertilizer in select states.
 

Advice for Growing Strawberries in 2020

Mar 02,2020

It’s the time of year when strawberries should begin to wake up from their winter dormancy. Wait! Did we even have a winter?!? Did the strawberries even go dormant?
 

A new twist on talc

Apr 05,2021

A rare Arctic weather system dipped into the deep South in mid-February, plunging temperatures into historic lows and covering much of West and Middle Tennessee in a dangerous layer of snow and ice. While most Tennesseans hunkered down in the safety of their homes, farmers like Gibson County row-cropper Ryan Sims headed for their shops, preparing their machinery and planning for the upcoming planting season.

Answer Plots

Aug 10,2020

As summer winds down and we move closer to fall, many farmers occasionally find themselves with a little extra time on their hands. No doubt many of you will enjoy some much-needed time away from the farm during this “lull” between the crops being laid by and the beginning of harvest. However, sometimes breaking away from our normal everyday is an essential part developing new ideas and ways of thinking that can make us better. Spending a few hours at your local Answer Plot with your Co-op sales person can be a great way to experience a change of scenery and do some hands-on learning while sharpening your agronomic skills.

A Year in Review -- Forages

Dec 30,2019

Brett Jones, an agronomist for Tennessee Farmers Cooperative, shares his statewide take-aways from the 2019 hay season. 
 

Be Your Own Crop Scout

Jul 20,2020

The demands on a farmer’s time can be never ending.  Accounting, marketing, mechanic work, landowner relations, and don’t forget about farming.  With all of the hats farmers have to wear, its no surprise that sometimes one of the most important jobs on the farm goes undone - scouting fields.  For the row crop farmer, the actual crop in the field is the main source of income for the operation. 
 

Brush control

Jun 29,2020

Each farmstead across our great state has, somewhere on it, unwanted briars and/or brambles of small brush, perhaps in a pasture field or a fencerow. So, the dilemma becomes when is the optimum time to spray to control it. Interestingly, the optimum time is mid-July.