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Tennessee Field Reports: High Temps, Little Rain Create Concern

Ernst Undesser
From USDA October 10, 2017

Tennessee Field Reports: High Temps, Little Rain Create Concern

Photo: Kevin Hudson, Mississippi State University

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 8, 2017.

County Agent Comments

J.C. Dupree, Lauderdale County
Harvest season is underway. Corn harvest is complete with soybean and cotton to resume soon after recent rains. Farmers are planting wheat as well. Cattle and pastures are in good condition.

Jeff Via, Fayette County
Like last week, the farmers in Fayette County have been busy harvesting all crops-corn, soybeans, cotton and hay. Yields for corn and soybeans have been great. Defoliation is also being applied to cotton.

Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
Corn harvest is on-going with good to excellent yields being reported and measured by the agent. Several producers have completed corn harvest. Soybean harvest has started rolling with good to above-average yields being reported and measured by the agent. Hay harvest continues with excellent drying conditions. Pastures are beginning to suffer due to the higher than normal temperatures and dry conditions.

James Harlan, Wayne County
Crop harvest progressing well. Pastures starting to slow down growth some with little to no rain, and hot dry temps.

Larry Moorehead, Moore County
We’ve had a good harvest week and corn harvest is about over hay cutting is about over also. Soybean harvest is moving well as they get ready. We are ready for more rain especially on pastures.

David Cook, Davidson County
Rain finally moved into the Middle Tennessee area this weekend providing much needed soil moisture.

Kevin Rose, Giles County
Corn harvested about done. Soybeans going strong with favorable weather this week. Yields are reported as above average. Pastures could use some moisture.

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A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
No rain and good week for field work. Drying conditions have impacted pastures and fall seeding projects.

Ed Burns, Franklin County
A second week of dry weather has provided for excellent harvest conditions and progress. The majority of corn producers reporting done with crop averages of 200 plus bushels, just a few acres of late season, late planted acres remaining. Soybean harvest is in full swing with excellent yields, wheat beans beginning to shed leaves. Cotton producers gearing up to begin harvest, hay producers trying to finish up before hurricane Nate.

John Goddard, Loudon County
Corn harvest nearly finished. No rain this week.

James Blake Ramsey, Hawkins County
It is very dry in Hawkins County. Some producers are starting to feed hay.

General Comments

Harvest is in full swing across the Volunteer State. Continued dry and warm conditions provided Tennessee producers multiple opportunities to continue or begin harvest on late season crops. Yield reports are optimistic, but the fear of damage due to dry conditions is surfacing. There were 6.4 days suitable for field work.

Topsoil moisture was 15 percent very short, 37 percent short, 46 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 13 percent very short, 24 percent short, 61 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus.

Ernst Undesser
From USDA October 10, 2017