Tennessee Field Reports: General, Soaking Rainfall Needed

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 5, 2018.

County Agent Comments

J.C. Dupree, Lauderdale County
Crops are good but some areas are dry and in much need of rain. Rain showers have been spotty all across the county. 

Jeff Via, Fayette County
The farmers in Fayette County were busy last week spraying pests. The crops look good.

Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
Cooler temperatures felt better this past week, but the missed rain opportunity hurt corn and soybean prospects. Crop stress is prevalent across much of the county.

Matt Webb, Marshall County
Corn silage harvest has been in high gear this week for those producers. Reports are average to slightly above average yields so far. On hay harvest, some producers are working on a third cutting that is mainly johnsongrass. Home gardens are starting to dry up.

Larry Moorehead, Moore County
We need rain in most places that has dried up in the last two weeks. We have got a lot of hay up. Crop spraying continues in the fair weather.

David Cook, Davidson County
Again, another week of widely scattered showers. Topsoil and subsoil moisture levels are being slowly depleted.

Matthew Deist, Marion County
Crops are progressing nicely, pastures are still producing well, and the general public may be getting tired of mowing their lawns. All of this seems to be due to the peculiar consistency of unseasonable rainfall we continue to be blessed with in the valley. More moisture in the forecast for the coming week. You all have a great week!

John Goddard, Loudon County
Rained 5 days this week with below average temps. 

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General Comments

Widespread showers are needed to reverse the slow depletion of subsoil and topsoil moisture. We were very fortunate to have rain earlier in the season that gave us mostly adequate to surplus moisture which is sustaining us now in most areas. Crops are beginning to show stress in some areas while there are isolated areas that have plentiful moisture from unseasonable rainfall. Producers continue to spray for pests and cut hay.

There were 5.9 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture rated 6 percent very short, 34 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 7 percent very short, 32 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.


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