Tennessee Field Reports: Farmers Await Drier Conditions

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending March 14, 2019.

County Agent Comments

Jake Mallard, Madison County
Rain and then high winds again this week making spraying herbicides and planting almost impossible.

Jeff Via, Fayette County
Farmers in Fayette County are ready to plant corn if conditions will allow. Wheat looks good. Pastures and hayfields have greened-up very quickly.

Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
There was little field work this week with a minor acreage of corn planted. Wet soil conditions limited field access. Early planted corn beginning to emerge. Wheat is advancing in development due to above normal temperatures.

Calvin C. Bryant III, Lawrence County
A warm week ending with rains made for an excellent week for growing conditions for forage crops and wheat. Corn planting got into full swing.

Larry Moorehead, Moore County
We had sunshine give us time to get more field work done. Pastures and hay are looking better. We got a lot of fertilizer on and some spraying done. We did have a good rain on Saturday.

A. Ruth Correll , Wilson County
Some sunshine and warmer temperatures sure have made things look better. This has allowed field work for crops and some remediation of pastures from excess rain past several months. Lots of spraying and fertilization projects. Some corn planted where possible. Winter wheat has improved but has sustained some cold weather damage.

Matthew Deist, Marion County
Fields aren’t getting adequate time to dry out, thus putting planting and other field work further behind schedule. A slightly drier week is forecast ahead, but no guarantee fields will dry up long enough to kick back into gear. One positive is that most of the crop fields are burned down and farmers are ready to roll as soon as they’re able. Pastures are looking productive, aside from a few fields of infamous buttercup. At end, we’ll dry out and be back on track soon enough. You all have a great week!

John Goddard, Loudon County
1.5 inches of rain this week so far. Everything is blooming. Lots of corn planted this week. Still cropland under water.

Thomas Greenlee, Rhea County
Heavy, extensive rains have caused flood damage in certain areas of the county. Many farmers are facing extensive field repairs due to wet weather.

Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
Warmer temperatures have improved pastures.

General Comments

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Wet conditions due to recent rains kept most farmers from their fields. Some corn was planted, but most row crop farmers were limited to preparation work. Wheat development was aided by above normal temperatures. Pasture and forage condition also benefitted from the higher temperatures. There were 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Topsoil moisture rated 1 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 40 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 1 percent short, 62 percent adequate, and 37 percent surplus.

All Crops Flood Damage rated 3 percent severe, 16 percent moderate, 25 percent light, and 56 percent none. All Crops Rain Damage rated 3 percent severe, 18 percent moderate, 27 percent light, and 52 percent none. Winter Wheat Planted Area – Flooded Percentage was reported at 18%.

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