Tennessee: Rains Again Halt Harvest – USDA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 8, 2015.

    County Agent Comments

    Tim Campbell, Dyer County
    Much needed rain has brought grain and cotton harvest as well as wheat planting to a halt.

    Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
    Prevailing cloudy and damp weather kept combines in the shed for most of the week. Thursday saw broken clouds with short intervals of sunshine and wind that allowed producers one afternoon of soybean harvest.

    A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
    Field work has slowed due to high moisture with overcast days. More rain end of week.

    Neal Denton, Knox County
    We are having several issues with some of our landscape plants thinking it is spring. Many of our blooming woody plants are trying to bloom again.

    Ed Burns, Franklin County
    For the third week in a row field activities have been at a standstill! Showers continue to keep harvesters and planters parked. Rain totals for the week ranged from 0.8 to 1.25 inches. Temperatures remain above normal. Wheat and canola planted before rains are in excellent shape. Cool season pastures are in great condition, stock producers beginning to feed hay. Need about ten days of fair weather to finish harvesting beans and cotton and planting wheat.

    John Goddard, Loudon County
    Too wet for field work this week. Raining again today.

    General Comments

    Rain continues to plague producers who are trying to finish harvesting row crops and planting small grains. As was the case last week, harvest of corn, cotton, and soybeans mostly ceased over most of the State last week, as did planting of small grains, due to rain. Producers need several days of uninterrupted sunshine to finish harvest and planting. The rain continues to be advantageous to pastures. There were only 3.1 days suitable for field work last week.

    Topsoil moisture was 6 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels were 3 percent very short, 15 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus.

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