Aarons Insurance
Adventures Off Road
Crockett Cinemas
D.E. Hill & SonsDustin's Lawn CareEnvy Tanning & Day SpaFirst Class Charter Fox Sporting GoodsGreens Furniture
Groucho's Tires Hollands PharmacyHood Flora Realty J & G Tire Center
Kelly Appliance & Vacuum
Lawrenceburg Florist Lawrenceburg Glass Lynn Electronics
Markus Insurance Mckelvey's Flowers
Miss Millie'sMo's Pawn Nature's NuggetsNewton Backhoe ServiceOn Second ThoughtOne Stop Medical Pettus Turnbo Funeral Home Randy's Cycle & ATVRent Right Rick's Electrical
Salt GlowSwap and Shop Center True Value HardwareWall-Modrall Insurance



Kelly Appliance & Vacuum 931-244-7200


D.E. Hill & Son 762-9584



J & G Tire Center 931-762-0078




On Second Thought Consignment 931-244-7244


Crockett Cinemas 931-762-6821



One Stop Medical
One Stop Medical 762-9797


On Second Thought Consignment 931-244-7244




Envy Tanning & Spa 931-762-3689


Rick's Electrical & Plumbing 931-242-5325



Lynn Electronics 762-0401


Newton Backhoe Service 931-242-0305


Lawrenceburg Florist 762-3722
McKelvey's Flowers 762-4511


Pettus-Turnbo Funeral Home 762-3291


Green's Furniture
Swap & Shop Center


Miss Millie's 931-762-9577


Lawrenceburg Glass 766-1004



True Value Hardware 762-7516


Salt Glow 931-279-4780

Nature's Nuggests 762-2895



Adventure Off Road 852-5445


Aarons Insurance 931-629-8065
Baker Agency 762-4550
Wall-Modrall Insurance 762-6528


Dixon's Fine Jewelry 762-9979



Dustin's Lawncare
Dustin's Lawn Care 242-4414



NATURAL FOODSNature's Nuggests 762-2895


Randy's Cycle & ATV 762-2450




Mo's Pawn Shop 762-2529





By Pass Pools 931-762-7904


Hood & Hester Realty 244-7555




Fox Sporting Goods 931-766-0313


Envy Tanning & Spa 931-762-3689



Groucho's Tires 931-762-1707



Lawrence/Wayne County Cattlemen’s Association Summer Meeting

The Lawrence/Wayne County Cattlemen’s Association will be hosting a Summer Beef Cattle Educational Meeting on Tuesday, August 22nd beginning at 7pm. The location will be the West End Community Club Center located at 5514 Waynesboro Hwy., Lawrenceburg. Todd Jennings with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health and Mile Tansil with Layne Crop Insurance will be our guest speakers. The meeting will be kicked off with a sponsored meal.

There will also be an opportunity for producers who need to complete the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Training that same evening. The BQA Training will begin at 5:30 pm and the training should conclude just prior to the start of the Cattlemen’s Meeting.

Please RSVP to either the Lawrence County Extension Office (762-5506) or the Wayne County Extension Office (722-3229) by Monday, July 25th if you plan to attend.


Private Applicator Recertification Trainings, BQA Training and TAEP Update set for August 31st

On August 31st there will be a multitude of opportunities to complete both the Private Applicator Recertification and  Initial Certification as well as the BQA Certification and hear an update on TAEP. Below is the day’s scheduled all to be held at the Lawrence County Extension Office.

Private Applicator Recertification Training                           8-9:30am

Private Applicator Initial Certification Training                     8-11:30am

BQA Training & TAEP Update                                                 6-7:30pm

Private Applicator Recertification Training                           7:30-9pm

Summer Marketing Club Meeting

The Summer Marketing Club Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 9th beginning at 7 am. Producers can come to either the Lawrence County Extension Office Community Meeting Room or the Wayne County Extension Office to attend this on-line meeting. UT Extension Crop Marketing Specialist, Dr. Aaron Smith and UT Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, Dr. Andrew Griffith will be on hand to discuss their thoughts on where the commodity markets are and are headed as well as discuss marketing strategies that producers should consider. We will have donuts, biscuits and coffee and conclude around 8am.


TAEP Update

Please be reminded that September 1st is the deadline to request reimbursements for projects approved last October.

TAEP 2017-2018 Application Period:  October 1 - 16, 2017

New application materials will be available in mid-August 2017


Advanced Master Beef Producer Classes Scheduled for October

The will be 2 opportunities for producers to complete the Advanced Master Beef Producer Class this fall.

The first option will be held as a part of the Giles County’s “Here’s The Beef Festival” on Oct 5-7. The schedule for this class will be:

Thursday, Oct. 5th                                5:30--9 pm                                                                  Classroom format with 2 speakers at the Giles County Agri-Park

Friday, Oct. 6th                                                            8am—5pm                                                                  Field Day at the Giles County Agri-Park with speakers/vendors/hands-on demonstrations

Saturday Oct. 7th                                 morning only                                                               Speaker prior to the TN Valley Elite Heifer Sale

The second option will be held on 4 consecutive Thursday nights in October beginning on Oct. 5th and ending on October 26th. These classes will begin at 5:30 and conclude around 9pm. The schedule for this class option is below:

Thursday, Oct. 5th                      5:30—9pm                                                   Giles County Agri-Park **** (Same class as the first class for option 1

Thursday, Oct. 12th                                    5:30---9pm                                          Lawrence County Extension Office

Thursday, Oct. 19th                                                      5:30---9pm                     Lawrenceburg location TBA

Thursday, Oct. 26th        6—9pm                                                                      MTREC in Spring Hill

The first 3 Thursday nights there will be 2 speakers covering 2 topics and the last Thursday night will be 1 speaker and 1 topic with graduation to follow.

A more specific list of topics and speakers will be announced later. The cost for the Advanced Master Beef Producer Class is $100 (with a current BQA Certification) or $200 (without a current BQA Certification)


Lower Middle Tennessee Horse College Planned


UT Extension Agents in lower middle Tennessee have teamed up to offer a 3 night Horse College. UT Extension Specialist will highlight a series of speakers concluding with a Horse Hay Field Day. Some of the topics that will be discussed include:

Equine Health, Pasture Weed Management, Poisonous Plants, Toxicities, Nutrition and Hay Management. The schedule of the classes are listed below:

Thursday, September 7th       6-pm                                                                          Ridley 4-H Center in Columbia

Thursday, September 14th     6-pm                                                                          Middle Tennessee Research and Education Center in Spring Hill

Thursday, September 21st      4-pm                                                                       Middle Tennessee Research and Education Center in Spring Hill           ---- This meeting is in conjunction with the Statewide planned “Horse Hay Field Day”                                                                                                                                      

Dinner will be provided each evening and there is a $10 registration fee that is due by Tuesday, Sept. 5th. To register of for more information contact Lawrence County Extension Office at 762-5505 or email ibryant1@utk.edu

** Attached is an informational flyer on the Horse College.

Advanced Small Ruminant Producer Class

An Advanced Small Ruminant Producer Class has been scheduled for Oct. 25-27th at the Middle Tennessee Research and Education Center in Spring Hill. The class will begin each day at 9am and conclude around 4pm. Specific speakers and topics are currently being scheduled. The cost of the class will be $100. For more information contact the Lawrence County Extension Office.

Summer Row Crop Field Day

UT-TSU Extension Offices in Lower Middle Tennessee are sponsoring a Summer Row Crop Field Day on Monday, August 21st.  The Field Day will take place at the Bull Test Conference Center located within the Middle Tennessee Research & Education Center in Spring Hill beginning at 9am. UT Extension specialist will be speaking on a wide variety of topics including; Farm Gauge Management Program, Weed Control with Xtend Soybeans, Insect Issues, Crop Establishment Behind Cover Crops, Late Season Corn Issues, and Nitrogen Deficiencies in Corn.  The field day will conclude with a sponsored meal that will happen right about the same time as the Solar Eclipse will begin. Also for those still needing to update their Private Applicator Certification, there will be a Recertification Training that morning prior to the field beginning at 7:30am. Attached is a flyer on the Field Day with more specific information.


Certified Private Applicator Recertification Trainings Scheduled

All Private Applicator Certification Cards will be expiring on October 21st 2017. To become recertified, producers must attend a Certified Private Applicator Training before October 21st of this year. A schedule of these trainings is listed on the back page. These training will be the last opportunity private applicators will have to get recertified before the October deadline! The recertification training will last approximately 1.5 hour and consist of a pre & post-test along with watching a pesticide safety training module that will last for 1 hour. The cost to become recertified will be $25. This certification period will be good until June 30th 2020. A Certified Private Applicator is someone who can legally purchase and apply “Restricted Use Chemicals” for use on their own farm.

Below are the upcoming Private Applicator Trainings:

Meeting 1     Monday, Aug. 21st   Middle Tennessee Research & Education Center

     Spring Hill, TN       Private Applicator Recert. Training           7:30am

                                 Row Crop Field Day                                9am      


        Meeting 2        Thursday, Aug. 31st   Lawrence County Extension Office          

                                   Private Applicator Recert. Training           8am


       Meeting 3        Thursday, Aug. 31st   Lawrence County Extension Office          

                                  Private Applicator Recert. Training           7:30pm


Meeting 1 will be held prior to the Summer Row Crop Field Day. A flyer on the field day is attached.

Meeting 3 will be held immediately after a BQA Training. The BQA Training will be held beginning at 6pm on Aug. 31st at the Lawrence County Extension Office. These meetings were scheduled back to back for those who may need to complete both (Private Applicator & BQA).


Initial Certified Private Applicator Training     

For those who are not currently certified, there will be 1 training opportunity for the Initial Private Applicator Certification. This training is required whether the individual has let their card expire or if they have never been certified. The Initial Certification Training will last @ 3.5 hours and the cost is $75. The first part of the Initial Training will be conducted in conjunction with the Recertification Meeting 2 mentioned above. Please help spread the word to anyone you know that might be interested in getting certified. The schedule for Initial Certification is below:


          Initial Private Applicator Training                              Thursday, Aug. 31st  

            Lawrence County Extension Office                           8am-11:30am 


Summer Marketing Club Meeting

The Summer Marketing Club Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 9th beginning at 7 am. at the Lawrence County Extension Office Community Meeting Room. UT Extension Crop Marketing Specialist, Dr. Aaron Smith and UT Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, Dr. Andrew Griffith will be on hand to discuss their thoughts on where the commodity markets are and are headed as well as discuss marketing strategies that producers should consider. We will have donuts, biscuits and coffee and conclude around 8am..


Tennessee Department of Agriculture Issues New Measures for Dicamba

In accordance with new rules filed with the Secretary of State:


“I can’t keep dicamba in the field”

Author: Larry Steckel, UT Extension Weed Specialist 

“I can’t keep dicamba in the field” has been a frequent comment I have heard from many frustrated folks who have followed the rules and tried their best not to drift on their neighbors.  Quite a few good and conscientious farmers have thrown up their hands and gone back to Flexstar to try to control pigweed in soybean.  Others have reported that they often have been successful not drifting onto non-target areas. However, judging by all the off-target dicamba injury that seems to be more the exception than the rule.

So what are the reasons for all the drift?  After visiting hundreds of dicamba-drifted RR, LL and conventional soybean fields that easily have totaled over 30,000 acres, I can say with certainty that many of the reasons I have heard recently from upper management in Monsanto are NOT the cause of all these dicamba injured broadleaf plants across west Tennessee.

I cannot imagine the hundreds of thousands of acres of non dicamba tolerant (DT) soybeans in Tennessee that have shown dicamba injury could be due to contamination of Liberty jugs with dicamba, calcium deficiency, Dual Magnum burn, and/or surfactant burn.  Nor do any of those reasons explain the dicamba injury I have seen in a vineyard, gardens, trees in parks and back yards…….even my backyard.

We do not need speculative reasons to explain all the drift issues as there are plenty of real reasons. Firstly, though it looks straight forward on paper, it is extremely hard to follow the label.  The best example of this is that you cannot spray when the wind is above 10 mph or below 3 mph.  Just that stipulation when you have crops to spray timely in three different counties makes the logistics a nightmare.

Another reason, which I believe could be the main reason, is dicamba’s inherent volatile nature.  Dicamba is unique compared to most pesticides in that it is prone to “picking back up” as a gas and departing a field hours after application when temperatures are warm.  This is particularly true for the older Banvel and Clarity formulations.  There is some evidence that older formulations have been used in Xtend crops which would certainly contribute to the off-target movement. Exactly how much of this is going on is difficult to figure. However, it is hard to believe that old dicamba formulations can possibly explain all of the hundreds of thousands of acres of dicamba injured soybean in this state.

Could Engenia or Xtendimax be volatilizing as well? My colleague, Dr. Tom Mueller, was asked by members of the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board to test if there was a difference with Engenia volatility if it was tankmixed with Roundup PowerMax.   In the attached figures below showing Dr. Mueller’s research data, please note the data is presented in time intervals following the herbicide application to an acre of soybean.  It is presented from 0–6, 6-12, 12-24 and 24 -36 hours after application. Dr. Mueller has said that some of the detection from the first 6 hours could in part be small spray droplets still in the air caught in an inversion which dissipated as the morning warmed up.  However, after that 0-6 hour time frame any detection the next 24 hours would be exclusively from volatility.

In short, his data shows that Engenia does volatilize and could depart from the field, albeit at extremely small amounts, many hours after application.  It also suggests that Roundup PM does not affect the volatility profile of Engenia to any great extent.  The level of volatility for Engenia alone or the Engenia in the tankmix was extremely low but was not zero.  I have seen data as well that would suggest that Xtendimax shows similar level of volatility over that same time frame.

Are numbers that low biologically significant?  Probably not in small plots like this or possibly in a 20 acre field.  I am not as sure when a good number of farmers spray thousands of acres in a single county in a few days.  Could even those small amounts build up when sprayed over that many acres and help cause all the drift we are seeing?  I don’t know but it is a good question and I am not confident BASF (manufacturer of Engenia) nor Monsanto (manufacturer of Xtendimax) really know.

Finally, inversions are another common reason we may be seeing so much dicamba trespassing across the country side.  Inversions occur most days in Tennessee during June and July.  Just that fact makes it very hard to not accidently spray into an inversion. Of course, if you spray into an inversion tiny drops can get caught in the cooler air and hang up for some time.  Moreover, if dicamba is volatilizing out of a field it likely can get caught in the inversion as well.

There are many moving parts to this issue and I’m not confident we will ever get to the bottom of it.  My best guess is that at some time or another all the reasons mentioned above are a cause.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is taking measures to mitigate the risk of drift of herbicides containing dicamba

In accordance with new rules filed with the Secretary of State:

Anyone applying dicamba products must be certified as a private applicator or licensed as a pest control operator in the category of Agricultural Pest Control (AGE), and is required to keep records for such applications.

The use of older formulations of dicamba products for the remainder of this agricultural growing season is prohibited.

To minimize the potential for off-target movement of the product due to temperature inversion, dicamba may only be applied from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the respective time zone for the location of application.

Applying dicamba over the top of cotton after first bloom is prohibited.

This action is in response to primarily farmer to farmer complaints currently under investigation by TDA of suspected dicamba related damage on cropland. These measures are based on the recommendations of UT Extension and only apply to dicamba products purchased and used for agricultural purposes. The rules are effective immediately through Oct. 1.

“Our approach will offer protection to those who stand to be negatively impacted by off-target movement of dicamba while also allowing those farmers who have invested in products designed for their crops to continue to use the appropriate herbicides responsibly,” Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton said.

Dicamba is a broad-spectrum herbicide. Products containing dicamba have been used for household and commercial weed control for decades.

TDA is working to ensure an appropriate and scientifically-grounded response to an increase in complaints of possible dicamba drift. The department has focused staffing and resources to respond to those complaints quickly and efficiently. Furthermore, the department is engaged in daily discussions with producers, the University of Tennessee, manufacturers, other state and federal agencies and ag industry representatives to address this issue.

“Agriculture today is dependent more than ever on new and evolving technologies to help us feed and clothe the world. I’m confident that we can address this issue as we have in other cases to ensure the safe and effective use of these tools,” Templeton said. “We will be forming an advisory group representative of stakeholders to help us determine the best path forward going into the next year.”

State and federal laws mandate applicators strictly follow label directions and consider the weather and potential for temperature inversions when applying any herbicide. Any suspected misapplication should be reported immediately to TDA at 800-628-2631 or 615-837-5148. The department will take appropriate enforcement action for any misapplication, including but not limited to suspension or revocation of a certificate and state penalties up to $1,500 per violation, in addition to federal penalties and possible criminal prosecution.

To assist producers and others who have questions, TDA has developed a dicamba resources webpage with links to educational information, a complete listing of approved dicamba products and the new rules.

Charles Orton, of the Deerfield Community, was presented with the Century Farm award at the 2017 Salute to Agriculture Breakfast. Mr. Orton's farm has been in operation since 1900. 

Pictured are: Nathan Orton (son), Nancy Garland (daughter), Charles Orton, and Elaine Orton (daughter).

Grass Fed Beef Conference

UT Extension will be hosting a Grass-Fed Beef Conference at the Middle Tennessee Research and Education Center in Spring Hill on June 28th. This conference will offer producers a “one stop” opportunity to learn about producing and marketing grass-fed beef. Some of the educational topics will include; Nutrition, Finishing on Grass, Forage Systems, Branding and Labeling and Producer Experiences. In addition to the general conference sessions, there will be an opportunity for a pre-conference tour of UT’s Middle Tennessee Research and Education Center (MTREC) offered on June 27th from 4 p. m. to 6:30 p. m. The pre tour will take participants on a tour of the research that is being conducted on the station with forage and livestock. To register or for more information contact the Lawrence County Extension Office at 762-5506 or email --- ibryant1@utk.edu.  Attached you will find a flyer on the conference.


Farm Gauge

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand the farm financial management database FINBIN to include Tennessee farms, making Tennessee the only Southeastern state currently contributing data. FINBIN is a well-established, publicly available, secure farm financial database that provides benchmark financial information for producers, Extension educators, lenders, and other agricultural professionals.

Because Tennessee is agriculturally diverse, the state will be contributing data on enterprises not previously represented, such as cotton, tobacco, a variety of vegetables, hay, meat goat production and more.

The project will include both Extension and research faculty and staff in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. “The goal of this project is to make Tennessee farmers more money,” states Chris Boyer, project director. “Benchmarking financial information such as net farm income and cost of production can improve the profitability, competitiveness, risk management, and overall financial health of farms in Tennessee.”

Along with producers, stakeholders such as Farm Credit Mid-America can use benchmarking to guide their lending decisions and educate agricultural lenders. “This project will provide much-needed resources to aid our farmers and customers in making better-informed financial decisions for their farming operations,” said Mark Wilson, senior vice president financial services at Farm Credit Mid-America. “Having the ability to compare their operation’s financial data to benchmarked data from both inside and outside Tennessee will prove invaluable, especially during this time of tightening profit margins.”

Furthermore, one of the recommendations in the Governor’s Rural Challenge is to enhance farm net income and cash receipts for the state by improving marketing and production of agricultural products in the state. Thus, the development of benchmarking for farms in Tennessee will be of great interest to state policy makers and could play a key role in gauging the progress of the 10-year strategic plan.

The success of this project relies a great deal on Tennessee farmer participation and UT Extension but has the potential to have a large impact on the Tennessee producers’ bottom line. “Throughout my career I have witnessed how effective benchmark analysis can be in improving farm business management decisions and producers’ profitability,” said Delton Gerloff, interim dean of Extension. “This project is a great opportunity to support farm financial management in the state of Tennessee.”

Farmers wanting to know more about this project and how they can participate, please contact Chris Boyer at 1-800-345-0561 or cboyer3@utk.edu or contact UT Extension Farm Manage Specialist, Les Humpal at 931-375-5301.









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