Tennessee Field Reports: Crops Doing Well, Hay Harvest Delayed

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 21, 2019.

County Agent Comments

Jeff Via, Fayette County
Farmers were not able to do much in the field due to rain and wet conditions. Crops look good for the most part.

Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
An additional 3-4″ of rain fell this past week from remnants of Hurricane Barry. The soil profile is well saturated as the rain fell slowly with very little runoff occurring. Temperatures are normal for mid-July with extremely oppressive humidity and high heat index levels.

Amanda Mathenia, Perry County
Crops in the low-lying areas continue to be inundated with rain and holding flood waters. Crops on higher land are thriving because of all of the moisture. Hay fields need to be cut again, but they can’t get into the fields due to soil moisture. Getting many calls on disease in gardens and commercial produce growers.

Ronnie Barron, Cheatham County
Minimal field work again this week, due to off and on rain showers. More tobacco was topped and sucker control applied as producers could get into fields. Some hay cut towards the end of the week. Overall, all field crops really look good. However, we could use a little drier weather for a while.

Larry Moorehead, Moore County
We baled some hay last week between showers Showers have been spotty but most people have got some and everything is looking better. We were hot last week and cattle stayed in the shade.

David Cook, Davidson County
Rainfall has been scattered throughout Davidson County with some areas receiving substantial amounts and other areas slight amounts. Overall, pastures and range conditions remain in good to excellent condition.

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Kevin Rose, Giles County
Most of Giles County received 4 or more inches of rain over the last week. Many fields very saturated with standing water and some washing and minor flooding in bottoms.

A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
Soybeans progressing with spraying being main activity. More wide spread rain has helped soybeans and corn. Rain forecasts have halted most hay harvest. Pastures are green with summer grasses but high temps and high humidity have kept cattle in the shade.

John Goddard, Loudon County
Had hail damage to some corn fields. 1 inch rain this week. Temps in 90s all week. No hay harvest due to rainy forecast.

James Blake Ramsey, Hawkins County
For the middle of July, grass is green and growing. Corn is doing very and most has starting silking.

General Comments

Remnants of Hurricane turned Tropical Storm Barry brought rain and thunderstorms to the State, especially West Tennessee. The rains were slow to or did not run-off bottom land but improved conditions of crops planted on higher ground. Though the hay crop is ready for another cutting, rains kept producers out of the field waiting for more favorable conditions. Crop spraying occurred as weather permitted. Some tobacco was topped and sucker control applied.

The rain, combined with sometimes oppressive heat, helped pastures but kept cattle in search of shaded areas. There were only 3.8 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 21 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus.

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