Tennessee Field Reports: Hay Cutting in Full Swing

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 29, 2018.

    County Agent Comments

    Kenny Herndon, Carroll County
    Crop and pasture land is showing the results of a couple of weeks of dry weather. Some soybean fields look to be struggling pretty hard. Noticed some corn twisting and browning. 

    Jeff Via, Fayette County
    The farmers in Fayette County had a good week spraying pests in row crops. Other activities were hay cutting. Crops look good.

    Jared Stricklin, Hardin County
    Producers took advantage of the dry weather to make a 2nd cutting of hay.

    Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
    Forage producers in the northern part of the county can’t get enough days without rain to get hay cured, while in the southern part of the county there is little hay to cut due to lack of precipitation. Corn and soybeans look great or poor depending on where you are located in the county. Corn silage harvest has already started in the southern part of the county and is moving northward.

    Ronnie Barron, Cheatham County
    We are starting to get a little dry. Upland crops are starting to show signs of stress.

    Larry Moorehead, Moore County
    Best hay harvesting week since we started cutting. We are spraying some beans and putting up hay. Crops overall look good. We will need rain soon because of the hot drying days.

    Mitchell Mote, Rutherford County
    July has seen variable rainfall across the county with some areas collecting less than an inch of measurable rain for the month so far. Grasses are dried up on shallow soils making it easy to see the outline of rocks. Corn is twisting in some locations and is starting to brown up on the lower half of the stalk and the growth rate on some later planted beans is slow. 

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    Jason Evitts, Trousdale County
    Second cutting of hay in full swing this week. Pastures are in pretty good shape with frequent scattered rains, but most producers indicate the first cutting of hay is about 2/3 of previous years.

    A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
    Significant rains were appreciated this week. Has slowed some field work such as haying. Crops are looking good with no significant reports of issues since getting rain. High temperatures and humidity continue to stress cattle. Producers are hoping for a good fall cutting of hay as they are concerned about spring hay quality and quantity.

    Steve Harris, Coffee County
    Dry weather this week caused increase in hay harvest.

    Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
    Rain and moderate temperatures have improved pasture.

    James Blake Ramsey, Hawkins County
    Last week’s rain has helped yields on hay, pasture and crops in Hawkins County.

    General Comments

    Spotty showers did little to slow field work last week. Row crop farmers were busy spraying for pests, while forage producers worked on their second cutting of hay. Pasture condition declined slightly as pastures in drier areas began to show signs of stress due to lack of moisture. There were 6.3 days suitable for field work.

    Topsoil moisture rated 8 percent very short, 33 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 6 percent very short, 28 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Hay Supplies rated 1 percent very short, 19 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus.

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