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.  
 
Weed Progress
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.  
 
Stocker Cattle
Beef cattle farming is Tennessee’s top agricultural commodity. Some producers provide a valuable service by running “stocker” or “backgrounding” operations.  
 
Soil Testing
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.  
 
Livestock Research
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.  
 
Weed Olympics
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.  
 
Food vs. Fuel
UT Ag Researchers are studying what could be a compromise between food and fuel.  
 
Pond Management
UT Extension helps landowners build and maintain ponds as a source of water, and as habitat for fish, water fowl, and other animals.  
 
Forage Research
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.  
 
Nursery Industry
Tennessee is a top producer of ornamental plants. The nursery industry here is concentrated in a very specific part of our state, known for a mild climate and growing beautiful trees and shrubs.  
 
Weed Research
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.  
 
Center for Renewable Carbon
AgResearchers at UT are developing ways of converting renewable carbon sources from plants into fuels and other products  
 
Blueberries
It's rare to find a food that's both good-tasting and good for you. But with blueberries, you get both.  
 
Preventing Nitrate Toxicity in Cattle
UT experts talk about the danger of nitrate toxicity and how you can prevent it on your farm.  
 
Weather Station
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.  
 
Sweet corn
UT AgResearchers applied herbicides to experimental sweet corn to keep weeds away. But something unexpected happened -- they boosted the nutritional value of the corn.  
 
Bees
Honeybees are dying nationwide due to a disease that is wiping out colonies. UTIA researchers are working to save the bee population in our state.  
 
Cattle Facility
Beef cattle farming is Tennessee's top agricultural commodity - generating nearly 600 million dollars each year.  
 
Hatcher Family Dairy
Tennessee has lost roughly half its dairy farms in the past decade. But one family wants to keep its centuries-old operation going, and is adapting new production plans to sell their dairy products.  
 
Switchgrass Forage
Experts with UT's Institute of Agriculture believe switchgrass is nutritious for farm animals, and environmentally friendly.  
 
Solar Winery
A brand new Tennessee winery plans to use solar power as part of its operation.  
 
Cattle Sell-Off
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
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.