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The 2015-16 TAEP Application A (Genetics, Livestock Equipment, Livestock Working Facility Cover, Hay Storage, Grain Storage & Livestock Feed Storage) & B (Producer Diversification Application and Supplement) application booklets are available at the University of Tennessee Cannon County Extension Office.

Please feel free to drop by the Extension Office is you need assistance in filling out your application or reimbursement forms.

New Options Offered with 2015 Ag Enhancement
TAEP is a cost-sharing program. Producers fulfill requirements to defray the costs of strategic investments in their operation. Farmers can qualify for up to 50 percent cost share, with a maximum reimbursement of up to $15,000, depending on the project. Producers may apply online or submit an application by mail, which must be postmarked June 1 through June 7.

A few of the Changes for 2015/16 include:
Bull cost share program increased to $1,600 for eligible bulls with enhanced EPDs
Limit to 4 lifetime grain bin reimbursements
Reimbursement documents can be uploaded online
Eligibility rules simplified to one application per person per schedule F
New bred beef heifer cost-share

Remember, the application period if June 1st thru June 7th 2015. Applications completed online or mailed prior to June 1st or after June 7th will not be accepted.

Management of Palmer Amaranth in non-activated PRE herbicide situations
As anticipated the dry conditions that we experienced last week and that continue through today are not activating pre applied herbicides. Reports of Palmer amaranth already 1 to 2" tall with emerging crops appears to be common. How to proceed from here on weed management depends upon the crop as well as the herbicide tolerant trait in the crop.
In RR or conventional soybeans a number of folks are weighing how to manage the emerged Palmer amaranth. The uncertainty comes from the fact that the PRE applied herbicide is still present and will activate with a rain. If the PRE applied herbicide is a Valor or Authority based product and Prefix (fomesafen and Dual Mag) is used now to control the Palmer some soybean injury would be likely if fomesafen and Valor or Authority activate all at once. With this in mind it would be best to try to remove the existing Palmer amaranth with Ultra Blazer or Cobra and come back later with Prefix. A few are considering applying Gramoxone now and replanting. This would be the best option if Palmer amaranth is near the 3" range as neither Ultra Blazer, Cobra or fomesafen (Prefix, Flexstar, Rhythm etc) will likely control Palmer that large.
In LL soybeans Liberty can control Palmer amaranth even up to 4" tall in one shot. Remember for best results to apply the Liberty from midmorning until about an hour before sundown. For larger Palmer amaranth a sequential application of Liberty applied about 7 days later may be needed for complete control.
There are some good options in corn for this problem. All the common premixes like Halex GT, Capreno and RealmQ tankmixed with atrazine will control Palmer. Once corn gets about 12" tall consider using 4 ozs/A of Status in place of atrazine. Our studies over the years would indicate that at least two modes of action effective on Palmer are needed to control it in corn once Palmer gets 6" tall.

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