The new Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) is a very different approach to farm policy than the previous three bills. Guaranteed payments are now history and the support programs will be centered on market year average prices and county revenues. Converting cotton base to ‘generic’ base that will absorb any covered commodity plantings on the farm at certification could result in planting for the program rather than the market. Our experience pre-1996 was not favorable with that attitude. Producers should concentrate on their normal rotation of planting and plant for market signals.
The weather is beginning to concern us in a similar fashion to last year. We are now getting late with our irrigated corn and it will probably the last week of March before we can put a major amount of seed in the ground. Easter is very late this year which generally signals a late cold spell. Growers should capitalize on the opportunity to be in the field when possible, but be very vigilant of significant cooling trends.
There are some new cotton varieties that have some tolerance to root knot nematode available this year. If you have fields that have root knot nematodes, you should be working with your dealer to insure that you have adequate seed to plant in those areas. If the subsoil moisture remains relatively high, then we could have a repeat of last year’s problems with the nematodes damaging roots dramatically as soon as the ground begins to dry. Take advantage of the breeding available in these lines.
As always, we are here to assist you in your decisions concerning establishing your spring planting.
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Bulloch County Extension
Bulloch County Center for Agriculture
151 Langston Chapel Road, Suite 600
Statesboro, GA 30458
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