Tennessee Field Reports: Farmers Return to Fields

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 7, 2018.

County Extension Comments

Jeff Via, Fayette County
The farmers in Fayette County had a good week of harvest for the most part. Earlier in the week, moisture was still high until mid-day. Yields are good.

Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
A very hot, but also very productive week for producers. Corn and soybean harvest progress took big leaps this week. Producers were able to get back in the fields early in the week with many seeing the finish-line in corn harvest and making the switch to soybeans.

Ronnie Barron, Cheatham County
After last week’s rainfall, our producers were able to finally get back into the field. Some of the river bottoms are still a little wet, but, for the most part, field work is back in full swing.

Larry Moorehead, Moore County
We have been in the fields that are dry enough baling hay, and harvesting beans and corn. We’ve had to dig out some combines, but we were at least getting some harvesting done. Everyone was glad to see this week.

Jason Evitts, Trousdale County
Excessive rain last week didn’t seem to cause much flooding but two days of downpours on Monday and Tuesday have caused major issues in parts of the county. Soybeans have been underwater, bridges and culverts washed out. Now producers are seeing soybeans sprout in pods. What tobacco that was left to harvest is pretty much a loss, but pastures are improving with all this moisture.

Bruce Steelman, Cannon County
Harvested soybean and corn plots this week. Corn yields were good, but excessive moisture during season obviously hurt yields. Soybeans had significant damage with a large amount of staining, mold and small beans. Yields were significantly lower in several varieties.

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A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
Some field work possible this week but not much accomplished as rain midweek made for high moisture grain and beans. Higher than usual temperatures for this time of year has been stressful for cattle.

Matthew Deist, Marion County
A week without rainfall and summer-like temperatures allowed fields to dry out and an above average harvest to run full throttle in most of the county. With this year’s superb growing conditions, lots of hay has been cut, raked, and baled, filling barns to the rafters. In sum, all is good here in Marion County and we’re more than ready for fall to start and summer to end. You all have a great week.

John Goddard, Loudon County
Corn harvest in full bore. Corn moisture is a little higher than we’d like to see. Yields in the 150-200 bu/ac. range so far.

James Blake Ramsey, Hawkins County
We are in very good shape as far as rain in Hawkins County for this time of year.

General Comments

Unseasonably warm temperatures and drier conditions allowed farmers to return to their fields. Corn, cotton, and soybean harvest all made excellent harvest, but some producers were worried that the recent heavy rains had adversely affected their yields. The high temperatures stressed livestock. There were 5.5 days suitable for field work, compared to 1.3 last week. Topsoil moisture rated 4 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 6 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus.


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