Tennessee Field Reports: Hay Harvest Challenges; Crops in Good Condition

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 8, 2018.

County Agent Comments

J.C. Dupree, Lauderdale County
For the most part, crops overall are looking very good. Corn is tasseling, soybeans are blooming or just before blooming, and cotton is squaring with some of the earlier planted cotton setting bolls. Lauderdale County tomatoes are in good to excellent condition along with cattle and pastures. 

Jeff Via, Fayette County
The farmers in Fayette County are busy spraying weeds, bugs, and fungicide where they can. Rain has happened almost every day in spots. Crops look great.

Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
Upper 90’s in the day and upper 70’s at night have crops growing, but depleting soil moisture at a rapid pace. Excessive summer temperatures have made for tough corn pollinating conditions. Soybean planting should be completed by this weekend as producers finish with wetter bottom fields. Normal soybean herbicide applications are being made as well as some corn fungicide applications by airplane.

Kevin Rose, Giles County
Rainfall has continued this week. Pastures and field crops looking very good right now.

Larry Moorehead, Moore County
Another wet week without much field work. We have grass hay that has not been cut yet and some fields are ready for the second cutting. Home gardens are suffering from too much rain and fungicides can’t be applied.

A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
Very hot, humid weather with spotty showers has been the pattern. Timing of hay harvest is a challenge to say the least. Row crops are doing well in most of the county. Some disease pressure reported in soybeans. Reports of disease pressure in Bermuda grass hay attributed to weather earlier this year as well as current weather pattern. Cattle are staying in the shade. 

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Jenni Goodrich, Morgan County
Wet conditions.

John Goddard, Loudon County
No rain this week. Temperatures in 90’s all week.

Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
Continued hot temperatures are stressing pasture forages drying soil.

General Comments

Wet conditions in several areas of the state prevented growers from harvesting hay that had already been cut or cutting hay that was past due being cut. Soybean planting is nearly complete, corn is tasseling in some areas, cotton is setting bolls, and herbicides and fungicides were being applied.

Overall, Tennessee’s field crops look good. There were 4.8 days suitable for field work. Topsoil was 11 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 12 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.


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