Tennessee Field Reports: Crops, Pastures Flourish with Favorable Weather

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 2, 2017.

County Agent Comments

Tim Campbell, Dyer County
Corn made good progress last week with tasseling and silking. In general corn crop looking really good. Cotton has finally began to grow better with warmer nights and days. It is still behind in development from where we would normally be this time of year. Soybeans progressing as well as expected except where herbicide injury has occurred on extensive acreages. Disease and insect pressures appear to be fairly light at this time.

Jeff Via, Fayette County
The farmers in Fayette County were busy spraying for pests. All wheat harvest has been completed. The weather has allowed farmers to be in the field most of this week. Rain is expected to come in this weekend. All crops look good.

Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
Wheat harvest is finally wrapping up and many producers have completed soybean planting with a few getting closer every day. Adequate rainfall has hampered planting, but has been great for tasseling corn and early season soybeans.

Ronnie Barron, Cheatam County
Good drying conditions last week provided a great opportunity for hay harvest, transplanting late season tobacco, and planting double crop soybeans.

Richard Groce, Maury County
Scattered showers off and on during the week have kept farmers guessing about the weather. The second cutting of hay was well underway. Wheat yields have been variable but overall above average as wheat harvest nears completion. Our corn crop looks very good at this point and our soybean crops looks good also. Cows have filled out and slicked-off and calves are growing, due in large part to plenty of good quality forages. We continue to be blessed with good rainfall patterns.

Larry Moorehead, Moore County
We have a few fields of soybeans not planted because of wet ground. After the rain last week everything is doing great. We have had a fungus or something like it in crabgrass. Cutting the fields seemed to have taken care of it, but 10 days after harvest it is coming back and expected to hurt yields.

David Cook, Davidson County
Weekly rainfall amounts have provided excellent growing conditions of pastures for the first six months of the year.

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Kevin Rose, Giles County
Giles County got another inch of rain this week. Crops and pasture looking good for this time of year.

A Ruth Correll, Wilson County
Hay producers took advantage of a short window to harvest warm season grass hay. Rain showers have been spotty but some locations need additional rain. Row crops look good with no issues reported. Pastures are currently in good condition.

Matthew Deist, Marion County
Near 60% of soybeans were blooming and roughly the same amount of corn silking. With the overly gracious amount of moisture that we’ve been blessed with, crops on higher ground are doing better than those on low ground. However, all are in much better shape compared to this time last year. Livestock condition is better than good. Fly pressure has decreased since the spring and there is no shortage of forage. All in all, everything’s a little wet, but in pretty good shape. You all have a great week.

Ed Burns, Franklin County
Dry weather through the week allowed producers to resume harvesting wheat and planting soybeans on upland soils. A few producers took advantage to harvest a second cutting of hay. Isolated to scattered showers at weeks’ end produced from 0.75 to nearly two inches of rain in isolated areas. Rains continues to hamper wheat harvest and quality as well as delay soybean planting. Corn, soybean and cotton progressing well with ample moisture.

John Goddard, Loudon County
Raining now! Corn and beans all planted!! Some first cutting hay went up this week. Still more first cutting hay unharvested.

John Wilson, Blount County
Over two inches of rain fell this week delaying most field activities, especially hay harvest. The frequent rains of late have resulted in considerable amount of overly mature hay.

General Comments

Last week’s rains positively affected crop and livestock conditions. Corn silking, cotton squaring, and soybeans blooming showed a significant increase from last week. Producers also took full advantage of breaks in the rain to harvest hay. The rains have provided excellent growing conditions for pastures. There were 5.0 days suitable for field work.

Topsoil moisture was 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 78 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 82 percent adequate and 13 percent surplus.

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