Tennessee Field Reports: Rains Slow Field Work

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    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 25, 2017.

    County Agent Comments

    Tim Campbell, Dyer County
    Chasing dicamba injury on soybeans all week. Enough said!

    Jeff Via, Fayette County
    The farmers in Fayette County are watching it rain today. In spots it was too wet and in other spots dry earlier in the week. More rain moved in yesterday from the tropical storm. Wheat harvest has been completed and yields averaged about 74 Bu. All crops look good.

    Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
    The week started with rainfall ranging from .2″ to over 2 inches depending on county location. Wheat harvest resumed Tuesday afternoon but was shut down by showers on Thursday. Remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy will bring heavy rainfall to end the week. Corn ranges from two feet tall to tasseling. Soybeans are growing with some replant occurring where slugs are still a problem despite 90 degree weather.

    Richard Groce, Maury County
    Rain off and on over the past week has kept farmers out of their fields. Hay cutting is gearing up again due to the prospect of good drying conditions for the coming week. First cutting is almost complete and the second cutting is beginning for some producers. Cattle and pastures continue to look good. The corn crop likes the rain and lower than typical temperatures. Corn and beans look very good at this point.

    Larry Moorehead, Moore County
    We’ve had to replant some beans and some are still not planted because of wet soils. Corn is silking and tasseling looking great. We probably have the spring cutting of hay in the barn but early cut yields were down 50%. With the rain this week our 2nd cutting should be better.

    David Cook, Davidson County
    Once again, ample rainfall and lower temperatures have created and extended excellent conditions for pastures.

    Kevin Rose, Giles County
    Giles County received 2-3 inches of rain last week. Wheat harvest about done and most wheat beans planted. Some forage producers are harvesting second hay cutting.

    Matthew Deist, Marion County
    Lots of slow rain this week resulting from tropical storm Cindy and as nearly 4 inches of rain water settles, many crop producers will be dealing with standing water in their fields. Aside from the ample amount of moisture, crops, pastures, and livestock look to be in good shape. Close to a third of our corn is tasseling. There are no blooms on soybeans as of yet due to delayed planting caused by excess moisture. We’re looking good, a little wet, but good. You all have a great week!

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    Ed Burns, Franklin County
    Scattered showers throughout the week had wheat producers scrambling to finish wheat harvest before TS Cindy impact. Rains from TS Cindy brought all field activities to a halt on Thursday, total rainfall for the week ranged from 2.0 – 3.0 inches. About 80% of the wheat crop is harvested, yields are good to excellent; however, quality is lacking due to low test weights. Elevators are rejecting wheat with test weight below 55. All other crops in excellent shape with the exceptions of flooded low areas.

    John Goddard, Loudon County
    .40 inch of rain this week so far. Rained 3 days, so no hay cut nor anything else as far as field work. Corn and beans look good. Hay is too mature. Some bush-hogging of pastures this week.

    Jerry Lamb, Rhea County
    Heavy rain and high winds interrupted field work last week.

    Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
    More rain this week continues to keep soil moisture good.

    James Blake Ramsey, Hawkins County
    Rainfall this week has made it hard to do field work and finish first cutting of hay.

    General Comments

    Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Cindy made their way through West and Middle Tennessee this week. Many producers experienced less time in the field than they would have liked, causing some to bustle earlier in the week. These rains and mild temperatures are producing favorable yield conditions for most crops. There were 4.0 days suitable for field work.

    Topsoil moisture was 3 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 27 percent surplus.  Subsoil moisture was 3 percent short, 78 percent adequate and 19 percent surplus.

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