Tennessee Field Reports: Rains Halt Field Work

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 9, 2017.

County Agent Comments

Tim Campbell, Dyer County
Showers throughout the week has slowed field work. All crops are continuing to progress well. Corn and soybeans in general continue to look good. Cotton development still running behind. Southern rust in corn has been reported in neighboring counties but no confirmed report in Dyer County yet.

Richard Buntin, Crockett County
Frequent rains are keeping sprayers out of the field. Weeds are getting large, some fields need a plant bug application.

Jeff Via, Fayette County
Rains every day this week kept farmers out of the fields. All crops look good.

Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
Unusually wet for July! Most of the county has received between 3”-4” of rain this week. A few producers have yet to complete soybean planting. Some river flooding has occurred with damage to soybeans. The early corn crop is well on its way to producing very good yields.

Ronnie Barron, Cheatham County
Over 4 inches of rain fell this week across our county. No field activity to speak of.

Matt Webb, Marshall County
Rain has hindered activities to spray crops or cut hay. However, crops look to be in good shape and the condition of cattle looks really good. Peaches and berries at orchards appear to be in good shape and good size.

Larry Moorehead, Moore County
We have had rain every day and some flooding in some spots. There are some beans not planted because of wet weather. Corn is looking good. Beans are also looking good where they have not drowned. There is some hay that’s been on the ground for a week. We need some sunshine.

David Cook, Davidson County
The topsoil and subsoil moisture levels remain adequate for crops and pastures due to past abundant rainfall amounts.

Jason Evitts, Trousdale County
Rain, Rain, Rain. We have had rain in some amount every day the past week. No field work has been done and some low places are holding water. Some tobacco is suffering due to all the moisture. Leaf spot diseases are major concern and producers are unable to spray for control or preventative. On the bright side, pastures look great for July!

Kevin Rose, Giles County
Second cutting of hay going strong right now. Field crops look good from all of the rainfall we have been getting.

A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
Rain this week halted hay harvest. Field crops are looking good but have some ponding water in low spots. Other field work is at a standstill due to wet conditions. Moderate temps have been good for cattle. Lots of flies are being reported. Pastures are green and warm season grasses are helping pastures.

Weed Resistance Info

Ed Burns, Franklin County
Wet fields and rain shut down all activities for the week! Rain events throughout the week produced from 3.0 to 4.0 inches of rain preventing a few producers finishing wheat harvest and a number of producers from wrapping up soybean planting. With the exception of flooded areas, all crops in excellent condition.

John Goddard, Loudon County
1.75 inches of rain this week. No field work except a little bushhogging. Corn and beans are cruising right along! Still need to get first cutting of cool season hay harvested. Most folks can’t get it dry enough to mow lawn. Rain is good!!

Patrick Sweatt, Bradley County
We are still very wet in low areas of the county. Producers are planting the last soybeans on wheat fields. Wet conditions has some producers behind on herbicide applications. Apple production looking excellent with good size on early producing varieties.

General Comments

Frequent rains across the state brought field work to a halt. Some localized flooding was reported. Most crops outside the flooded areas looked good, however. Fruit producers reported their crops are in good shape due to the extra moisture. Cooler temperatures accompanying the recent rains have helped improve cattle conditions.

The rains continued to provide excellent growing conditions for pastures. There were 2.3 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was 1 percent short, 56 percent adequate and 43 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 64 percent adequate and 32 percent surplus.

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