Tennessee Field Reports: Spotty Showers Hinder Fieldwork

Wheat harvest. Photo: Rome Ethredge

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 7, 2019.

County Agent Comments

Mitch Pigue. Dyer County
Wheat harvest will wrap up this week. Expect very late planted soybeans along the Mississippi River as some areas are still under water.

Jeff Via, Fayette County
The farmers in Fayette Co. have been busy spraying, cutting hay, and trying to finish wheat harvest. We have had a few pop up showers here and there.

Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
Hot days and warm nights in combination with scattered thunderstorms have crops looking very good. Soybean planting is practically complete. A good, general rain would push this crop way down the road.

Amanda Mathenia, Perry County
More rain equals more flooding issues. The producers here just can’t catch a break in the moisture. We received over six inches of rain on Sunday morning. If the fields ever get close to being dried out, they are just inundated with water again. Many of the low lying fields have flooded out spots where the crops just don’t have the wet feet to sustain the water. The higher ground crops are thriving because of the rain and having the ability to drain all of the rain waters.

Ronnie Barron, Cheatham County
Pop up showers, producing heavy rain at times, kept most or the field work to a minimum again this week. Some tobacco was topped and sucker control applied. A few acres of hay were cut.

Calvin C. Bryant, Lawrence County
Farmers had to deal with spotty pop up showers throughout the week which limited field work. Overall crop conditions look very good for early July.

Larry Moorehead, Moore County
We are to the point of needing rain. We have missed the showers for the most part. We have done some spraying and more 2nd cutting of hay has been done this week. Cattle are staying in the shade due to hot weather.

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Kevin Rose, Giles County
Scattered rain across the county. Some areas of the county are in need of rain while others have had sufficient amounts. Producers with irrigation systems are running them now.

A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
Spotty rains across the county with some folks “feast” and some folks “famine.” “Feast” folks cannot get field work done and “famine” folks need rain. For some, hay harvest was way behind due to spotty rains. Pastures look good with summer grasses filling in. Hot weather stressing cattle with lots of time spent in the shade.

John Goddard, Loudon County
2.3 inches rain last weekend. No rain this week. Temps in 90s. Some 2nd cutting hay underway. Wheat harvest began this week.

General Comments

Last week’s weather fell into a typical summertime pattern with scattered thundershowers popping up across the state. These showers provided significant moisture to some areas, while leaving others completely dry. Wheat producers were busy trying to wrap up harvest and start late double-crop soybean planting. Tobacco growers made some progress topping their tobacco.

High Temperatures caused stress among livestock and sent animals searching for shade. There were 5.3 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 12 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 9 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus.


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