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Tennessee Field Reports: Localized Flooding Causes Damage

Ernst Undesser
From USDA November 13, 2017

Tennessee Field Reports: Localized Flooding Causes Damage

Mature, flooded soybean field. Photo: Amy Timmerman, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 12, 2017.

County Agent Comments

Tim Campbell, Dyer County 
Rainy weather later part of last week and first part of this week has essentially brought all harvests to a standstill. Expected good, sunny, drier weather over the next several days will get producers back in the field. 

Jeff Via, Fayette County
The farmers in Fayette County worked on their equipment this week due to wet conditions. Some may get started back on Sunday but rain may come in that day.

Jeff Lannom, Weakley County 
Wet, cloudy weather has hampered soybean harvest and wheat seeding. Late week sunshine allowed producers field access. Harvest will gain momentum until the next rain event. Wheat stand looks good with excellent emergence.

Ronnie Barron, Cheatham County 
Lots of tobacco being stripped. No field work this week due to rain.

Calvin C. Bryant III, Lawrence County 
Another rainy week further delays soybean harvest but on the positive side the moisture keeps pastures and wheat in really good condition.

Keith Allen, Macon County
Rainfall during the week helped with getting burley tobacco in better order to strip. Hard freeze has aided in pastures with summer annual grasses such as Johnson grass, being safe to graze. Many fields have been checked and came up negative for prussic acid dangers.

Larry Moorehead, Moore County
Too wet to get in the field. We cut some beans on Friday and Saturday but they had to be dried.

Kevin Rose, Giles County 
Producers still trying to get soybeans and cotton harvested, but wet weather continues to delay progress.

A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County 
Row crop harvest stalled due to rain. Some row crop acreage received 5-6 inches of rain in 8 hours on Tuesday night. Fields bordered by creeks or drainage ditches were flooded. Damage to standing crop is evident. 

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John Goddard, Loudon County 
3.5 inches of rain this week. Ground is saturated and ponds and creeks are full. No field work this week. Crop farmers need some dry air to help dry down beans and corn yet to be harvested.

Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
Colder temperatures have slowed pasture growth.

John Wilson, Blount County
Almost three and one-half inches of rain fell last week, further delaying soybean harvest and wheat planting. Pastures have somewhat improved with moisture and mild temperatures.

James Blake Ramsey, Hawkins County 
Rain has helped winter crops emerge and grow.

General Comments

Localized flooding in upper Middle Tennessee caused visible damage to some field crops as heavy rains came through the area Tuesday night. Otherwise, last week was basically a repeat of the week before with wet conditions continuing to delay harvest of field crops. Tobacco producers were busy stripping tobacco. There were 3.1 days suitable for field work, down from 3.6 the previous week.

Topsoil moisture was 3 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 20 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 2 percent very short, 8 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus.

Ernst Undesser
From USDA November 13, 2017