Cover Crop Concerns
Cover crops can be an effective tool in a weed management program, but there are concerns. Researchers with UTIA address those concerns here.
Managing Cover Crops
An overview of a UTIA research project evaluating both the timing and products used to terminate cover crops.
Weeds are a nuisance to gardeners, but downright devastating to those who farm for a living. But now experts and farmers say the worst may be behind us.
Beef cattle farming is Tennessee’s top agricultural commodity. Some producers provide a valuable service by running “stocker” or “backgrounding” operations.
If you’re looking for a healthy garden or green grass, it’s good to know the content of your soil. UT Extension offers inexpensive soil tests, and it’s all done in a special lab in Nashville.
Ag Year Preview
Spring is almost here, and it’s just about time for Tennessee farmers to plant their 2012 crops. All indications are - things are looking good for producers, following what was a good year in 2011.
It's a problem for Tennessee farmers who produce our top commodity -- beef cattle. Insects such as flies cause serious health problems for their animals, and reduce product quality for consumers.
We've had an Olympic competition here in Tennessee involving ... plants. More specifically, plants we don't like or want. It's called the 'Weed Olympics' on the UT agriculture campus.
UT Extension helps landowners build and maintain ponds as a source of water, and as habitat for fish, water fowl, and other animals.
UT researchers are looking for the best forage for cattle to produce high quality beef. The goal is to grow hay for cattle in the hot, dry months of summer – when fields are usually barren.
A climate that's good for a variety of crops means many types of weeds also thrive. UT AgResearch works to help farmers battle this yearly problem that can greatly affect their yields.
There's agricultural research going on all over Tennessee, but much of it can't happen without the input of farmers. UT AgResearch works with producers to test crops and growing conditions.
There's a saying in Tennessee - if you don't like the weather, just wait a few minutes, it's about to change! Experts with UT AgResearch centers collect weather data and study climate patterns.
Beef cattle farming is Tennessee's top agricultural commodity - generating nearly 600 million dollars each year.
Experts with UT's Institute of Agriculture believe switchgrass is nutritious for farm animals, and environmentally friendly.
A brand new Tennessee winery plans to use solar power as part of its operation.
High Input Costs
Food prices have been going up, but so are the production costs for farmers who grow what we eat. Farm expenses are at record highs for Tennessee row-crop producers.
Some livestock barns are selling three and four times the usual number of cattle, but that’s not necessarily positive. Many producers have been forced to sell because of drought.
Beef cattle farming is Tennessee’s number one farm commodity - and herd reproductive health is critical. UT’s Institute of Agriculture is working on research to boost cattle pregnancy rates.