Tennessee Field Reports: Farmers Return to Fields

Cotton planting. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 10, 2018.

County Agent Comments

Jeff Via, Fayette County
Farmers in Fayette County had a week of dry weather. Many planted while many sprayed for pests. Some harvested hay and some harvested wheat.

Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
Warm temperatures and good soil moisture has given the corn crop a “kick-start” with soybeans growing as well. Wheat has matured quickly with several producers starting the harvest process. Yields are running in the 60-70 bushel range with test weights running either side of 58 pounds.

Joseph Griffy, Stewart County
Getting dry.

Larry Moorehead, Moore County
Best week all year to put up hay. The cutters and rollers are rolling everywhere. Wheat harvest will start next week. We need a rain; I’ve seen corn twisting the last few days. Yields on hay are not too bad because we are late, but quality is down. If we had cut two or 3 weeks ago our yields would have been less than half.

Kevin Rose, Giles County
Giles County is getting dry. Some soybean producers have stopped planting and are waiting on a rain.

A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
Week of good weather for row croppers and hay harvest. Most crops are in and lots of hay was cut and baled. Hay production is reported at 60-70% of good year. High humidity and temperatures have driven cattle to the shade during the day. 

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Matthew Deist, Marion County
A week without rain allowed wheat and hay harvest to progress nicely and closer to completion. Also, the week’s warm weather combined with residual soil moisture from the week prior aided corn and soybean vegetative growth.

Creig Kimbro, Grundy County
Lots of hay got harvested last week. Great weather for it – especially first part of last week!

John Goddard, Loudon County
Everybody is cutting or baling hay this week. No significant rain has been in forecast this week. Hay is past mature, but doesn’t look too bad.

Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
Hot weather is affecting cool season pasture growth.

Mannie Bedwell, Hamblen County
Lots of hay harvested this week. Most is pretty mature so quality will be reduced. Wide range of yields. Vegetables are finally beginning to come in at farmers markets.

James Blake Ramsey, Hawkins County
We have received plenty of rain within the last two weeks. It is drying up and the temperatures are rising.

General Comments

Dry weather prevailed over the state last week, allowing farmers to get back into the field. Corn planting wrapped up, while significant progress was made on cotton and soybean planting. Hay producers put up a lot of hay last week, but some were reporting their hay was of poorer quality than usual due to the lateness of the first cutting. A few livestock producers reported that the higher temperatures and humidity were putting stress on their animals.

There were 6.5 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was 2 percent very short, 14 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 2 percent very short, 10 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus.

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