Tennessee Field Reports: Planting Progress Continues

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 12, 2019.

County Agent Comments

Jeff Via, Fayette County
The farmers in Fayette County had a few days they could get planting done before rains started again. Next week, if it dries and the weather holds as they say, a lot of planting will get done. Wheat looks good and the crops that are up look good.

Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
Corn and soybean planting continues at a snail’s pace. Wet soil conditions has limited planting progress. Some corn post-emerge herbicide and side-dress nitrogen applications were made this week. Most wheat fungicide application were completed this week as well. Rain moved back in on Thursday halting field work.

Larry Moorehead, Moore County
We got some more planting done but rain hit Thursday and we are at a standstill again. A lot of grass hay needs cutting but everyone is watching the forecast. Crops in the ground look good except where it was under water and some of it has been replanted. Sunshine for a week or 10 days would be great.

David Cook, Davidson County
Cooler temperatures and adequate rainfall amounts have help to provide excellent growing conditions for cool season pasture grasses.

Kevin Rose, Giles County
Corn planting about wrapped up except for a few bottom fields. Still water standing in some fields due to recent rain. Several acres of hay being harvested using high moisture hay wrapping equipment.

A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
Mixed week for crop work. Some soybeans planted in drier fields. Small grain, winter annuals are being baled and wrapped. Pasture work continues as weather permits.

John Goddard, Loudon County
No rain this week. Lots of corn and beans planted this week. Several folks cut and baled hay this week. Big Rain in forecast for this weekend.

Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
Very wet, resulting in excellent forage growth.

Jason Debusk, Bradley County
A lot of progress was made with good weather early in the week; 3” of rain over the weekend.

General Comments

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Timely fieldwork took place around late-week rains, allowing producers to continue corn, cotton, and soybean planting. Wheat growers wrapped up spraying fungicides while corn producers applied post-emerge herbicides and side-dress nitrogen. Most crops are progressing well with some reports of hay needing cut. Tennessee is experiencing mostly fair and good conditions on most crops, despite the challenging weather conditions.

There were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Topsoil moisture rated 1 percent short, 62 percent adequate, and 37 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 1 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 30 percent surplus.

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