Tennessee Field Reports: Rains Interrupt Harvest

Cotton harvest with a full moon. Photo: Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 21, 2018.

County Agent Comments

J. C. Dupree, Lauderdale County
Corn, Soybean and Cotton harvest yields are favorable for the most part with harvest going well until recent rains. Hopefully harvest will resume early this week before rain again. Cattle and pastures are in good condition with lots of hay bales in storage.

Richard Buntin, Crockett County
Cotton quality and yield are dropping with the rains during harvest.

Jeff Via, Fayette County
Farmers in Fayette County did not get much harvesting done last week due to wet conditions. Weather looks good for this coming week and harvest will be in full swing. Some wheat is being planted.

Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
Rain and cloudy weather kept combines parked this week. Winter wheat that was planted earlier has emerged. Some limited field activity occurred late in the week.

James Harlan, Wayne County
Wet conditions have put harvest behind. Farmers reporting soybean quality (especially in early maturing varieties) is down. Pastures looking pretty good.

Larry Moorehead, Moore County
We had one day it drizzled all day and kept us out of the field but we were in the field all other days. We could use a good rain on pastures etc.

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Kevin Rose, Giles County
1/2 inch of rain midweek kept producers out of the field a couple of days.

A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
Rain showers continue to give row crop producers heartburn. Rain showers have improved pastures and been good for stockpiling. Cooler temperatures have been good for cattle and fall calving season.

John Goddard, Loudon County
.65 inches of rain this week and cool temperatures have slowed or stopped bean and corn harvest.

General Comments

Rains across the state brought most harvest activities to a halt. Cotton producers feared that these rains would have an adverse effect on their yields, but corn and soybean producers remained mostly positive about their yields. Pasture conditions remained high with the extra moisture, and last week’s cooler temperatures were good for livestock. There were 3.3 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture rated 1 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 22 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 4 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus.

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