Tennessee Field Reports: Weather Allows Planting Acceleration

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 15, 2018.

County Agent Comments

Ricky Mathenia, McNairy County
Damage to peach crop due to freezing temperatures during bloom. 

Jeff Via, Fayette County
The farmers in Fayette County are waiting for dry conditions after a rain event Saturday. Last week many were planting corn and more should be planting this week when it dries. Also, a lot of burndowns went out last week.

Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
A tremendous amount of field work has been completed this week even though soil moisture is still somewhat high. Corn planting started as early as Monday, with momentum gaining every day this week. Corn producers were busy putting anhydrous ammonia down, spraying burn-down herbicide applications when the wind allowed, spreading dry fertilizer and planting corn.

Ronnie Barron, Cheatham County
Finally a few days of dry weather. Field work is in full swing during this small window of opportunity.

Calvin C. Bryant, Lawrence County
Field conditions finally allowed farmers to make excellent progress planting corn and spraying fields. All field work was brought to a halt with the weekending rain and colder temperatures.

Larry Moorehead, Moore County
We had a good week for field activities. Planters, sprayers and fertilize buggies were rolling. As of Sunday morning we have 2 inches of rain since Saturday A.M. 

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Jason Evitts, Trousdale County
The warm and dry weather had lots of farmers out in the field applying fertilizer, some were applying herbicide to control pasture weeds, and a limited amount of corn was planted late in the week on some upland fields.

A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
A couple of warm days with sunshine were appreciated. Some drier weather allowed some field work. Pastures looking better.

Marion Diest, Marion County
Weather permitted field work to continue, yet a large rain at the end of the week may give newly planted acreage issue. Most of the wheat and a majority of corn has been planted. Pastures look good with ample amounts of forage and cooler weather in the forecast may allow for cooler season grass growth.

John Goodard, Loudon County
Started corn planting yesterday.

Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
Continued cool weather has held pasture back.

General Comments

Drier weather last week provided producers the opportunity to make substantial progress in planting field crops, and applying herbicides and pesticides. There were 4.3 days suitable for field work, double the number of days last week. Though the weather was drier, cooler weather in some areas caused some damage to the peach crop. The strawberry crop was in fair to good condition.

Topsoil moisture was 2 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 41 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 1 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 44 percent surplus.

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