Tennessee Field Reports: Continued Planting Despite Variable Weather

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 22, 2018.

County Agent Comments

Jake Mallard, Madison County
Finally we had a few days to plant corn and producers were working into the late hours trying to get their acres planted before the next rain. Lots of cotton acres were sprayed with burndown. We just need Mother Nature to cooperate with us to get our crop planted.

Kenny Herndon, Carroll County
Farmers took advantage of drier field conditions to plant corn. Wheat is looking good with some scattered wheat heading out.

Jeff Via, Fayette County
The farmers made good progress this week planting corn. Some started planting beans. Rain is expected Sunday but planting will resume next week when conditions allow.

Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
Last weekend’s rain event dropped 1.5″-2″ of precipitation and ushered in cooler temperatures. Snow flurries occurred early in the week and frost was present on at least two mornings. Cold weather brought cooler soil temperatures, but corn planters were rolling again by late week. Multiple days of high winds kept sprayers parked.

Larry Moorehead, Moore County
Cold weather and wet conditions are holding everything back. Hay looks short now but we got rain on Sunday and 50 degree nights are in the forecast for this week so this will really help pastures and hay. We are planting corn and beans and if it drys up we’ll start summer annuals for hay this week.

David Cook, Davidson County
Continued rainfall amounts have hindered days suitable for fieldwork.

Kevin Rose, Giles County
Some corn acres were planted last week. 3 plus inches of rain over weekend has creeks flooded and some bottom fields under water. 

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A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
Less rain and drying winds have aided in getting some field work done. Heard reports that some corn was planted. Pastures are really greening.

Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
Weather warming – pasture growth improving.

General Comments

Tennessee farmers made great planting progress this week, taking full advantage of the 4.5 days suitable for field work. Cooler temperatures and a few rain events halted activities early in the week. Producers are encouraged by the warming weather which came later in the week, as pasture and other conditions are improving. All crops are mostly in fair to good condition.

Topsoil moisture was 1 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 46 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 1 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 44 percent surplus.


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