Tennessee Field Reports: Farmers Make Hay While Sun Shines

    Hay baling in Louisiana. Photo: Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 26, 2019.

    County Agent Comments

    Justin Hargrove, Benton County
    Dry weather and warm temperatures have spurred many producers to finish planting corn and begin planting soybeans this week. Many forage producers have used the favorable weather as an opportunity to lay down their first cutting of hay with the majority of the spring hay crop to be rolled this Memorial Day weekend.

    Kenny Herndon, Carroll County
    Producers have been taking advantage of good weather conditions to plant crops and cut hay. Pastures look good, hay crop will have the tonnage but most of the fescue cut for hay is headed out so I expect the feed value to be down.

    Jeff Via, Fayette County
    The farmers in Fayette County had a great week for planting!!!! It rained about middle of the week in parts of the county, but a lot of beans and cotton got planted. Many will be done with cotton this weekend. Crops look good for the most part.

    Jared Stricklin, Hardin County
    Great week for field work. First dry hay cutting is in the books for most. Large amount of soybean acreage put in the ground this week.

    Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
    Warmer temperatures and drier weather have planters rolling again with many producers completing corn planting this week. Some corn re-plant has had to occur. Soybean planting is in full swing, as is side-dressing nitrogen in corn. In-crop herbicide applications are on-going. Wheat is changing color and moving toward maturity.

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    Ronnie Barron, Cheatham County
    Dry and warm/hot conditions have made for excellent hay cutting and curing weather over the last week or so. Most of the early tobacco has been set and soybean planting is well underway.

    Calvin C. Bryant III, Lawrence County
    No rain and above normal temperatures set up a great haymaking week. By week’s end, soil moisture had dried to the point where crops were needing a rain. Multiple reports of strawberry anthracnose this week.

    Larry Moorehead, Moore County
    Hay equipment got a workout this week and things look good for hay making the next week. This was much needed. We still have some fields too wet to plant. Everything planted looks good.

    David Cook, Davidson County
    Extreme high temperatures and lack of rainfall has depleted both topsoil and subsoil moisture levels.

    Kevin Rose, Giles County
    Dry conditions have led to many acres of hay being harvested and beans planted. Still a few acres of corn being planted.

    A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
    Good week of field work for crops and hay harvest. No showers reported. Unseasonably high temperatures have stressed producers and cattle this week. Noticed decline in top soil moisture due to heat and lack of rain this week.

    John Goddard, Loudon County
    No rain this week. Temperature in the low 90s this week. Rain is needed. Lots of cool season hay harvested this week. Cattle face and horn flies are bad.

    Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
    Hot temperatures limiting cool season pasture growth.

    Neal Denton, Knox County
    We are losing soil moisture quickly. It will be suffering soon.

    General Comments

    Hot, dry conditions allowed farmers to make excellent progress planting corn, cotton and soybeans. Corn farmers continued to side-dress nitrogen. The harvest of first-cutting hay was in full swing with substantial acreage being cut in preparation for baling over the holiday weekend. Higher than normal temperatures have placed a lot of stress on livestock.

    There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Topsoil moisture rated 2 percent very short, 19 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus.




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