Tennessee Field Reports: Wheat Harvest Begins

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 5, 2016.

County Agent Comments

Tim Campbell, Dyer County
Continued showers continue to delay some field work. Producers are trying to take advantage of opportunities between showers. Generally, all crops doing well with ample water right now. Cotton still struggling with cooler wet weather.

Jeff Via, Fayette County
The farmers in Fayette Co. have been busy planting beans around rain that seems to show-up daily. Wheat has turned color and harvest will start soon. All crops look good for the most part. Thrips are in small cotton.

Walter Battle, Haywood County
Planting occurs as the rains permit. Growing conditions are favorable and appear to be off to a good start. Some forage producers are making their first harvest. Cattle, as expected, are in good shape.

Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
Precipitation and wet soil conditions have hampered soybean planting again this week. Producers are moving all over the county in search of fields that are dry enough to plant. Some forage crops were harvested early in the week before another round of precipitation slammed the door shut on field activities. Corn is growing with warmer daytime and nighttime temperatures. Soybeans continue to slowly emerge.

Calvin C. Bryant III, Lawrence County
A host of late week showers was a welcome sight to all and gave crops a much needed boost. Field crops and pastures were in dire need of moisture after a prolonged period of hot dry weather.

Bruce Steelman, Cannon County
Ponds are drying up. There was one report of a calf being killed due to the drying pond and muddy condition.

Steve Harris, Coffee County
2.3 inches of rain on Wednesday and .65 inches of rain on Saturday gave much relief to very dry crop conditions.

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A. Scott Swoape, White County
Dry weather has allowed for major hay harvest. Dry conditions were starting to be reflected in crop performance and pastures. Mid-week rains and milder temperatures have given farmers optimism!

Jonathan Rhea, Monroe County
Much of the county received beneficial rains over the weekend. Crops look great at this time.

Tom D. Rison, Claiborne County
Be advised, there are 0 acres of cotton in Claiborne County.

Mannie Bedwell, Hamblen County
Received some spotty showers this week. Really need several long slow soaking rains. Hay harvest in full swing.

Tom Stebbins, Hamilton County
Very Dry!

Keith Jacob Boone, Hancock County
Rainfall was less this week than it has been in the last couple of weeks. Yesterday evening we had a pretty decent shower. Overall crops and livestock look to be in good shape.

Steven Huff, Jefferson County
We received a very timely rain over the weekend that helped crops in the ground. We were beginning to get too dry. Grass was also beginning to slow in growth due to the heat and dry conditions.

Richard Groce, Maury County 
Most of the county received from 1 to 2 inches of rain during the week. Corn, which had been twisting, looks better and bean planting has resumed. Wheat harvest is beginning with what looks to be good yields and pretty good quality. Hay cutting continues with most yields off 1/3 or more.

Jason Evitts, Trousdale County
Lots of hay was cut over the Memorial Day weekend. Most were fortunate enough to get it rolled or baled prior to a rain. However, some have got significant acres wet by these afternoon showers. Progress was made in tobacco transplanting as well. We need some dry weather to finish soybean planting.

Larry Moorehead, Moore County
We have had from 1 to 3 inches of rain which put a halt to field work. We have had hay on the ground since Monday that has not come up yet. It has been great for everything else such as corn, soybeans, pastures, and the next cutting of hay.

A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
Corn is looking good at this point. Soybeans still going in the ground. Hay harvest continues but rain showers are challenging.

John Goddard, Loudon County
Very Dry. Crops need rain! More hay harvested this week.

General Comments

Wheat harvest has begun with reports of good yields and quality. Hay cutting was in full swing in dry areas of the State. Wet conditions in other areas continue to hamper soybean planting but are beneficial to crops which had started to show signs of stress. Cooler weather and wet conditions hindered cotton development. Crops were in mostly good condition. There were 4.1 days suitable for field work.

Topsoil moisture was 2 percent very short, 15 percent short, 65 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 3 percent very short, 16 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus.


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