Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 11, 2019.
County Agent Comments
Jeff Via, Fayette County
The farmers in Fayette County had a few days they could get in the field. Small pop-up showers occurred almost every day somewhere. Crops look good.
Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
A warm and humid week with fog most mornings. Soil moisture beginning to dry out prompting producers to start irrigation rigs. Some scattered showers dropped varying amounts of rain across the county this week. Crops still look above average for this time of the year.
Ronnie Barron, Cheatham County
Scattered early week showers slowed much of the field work. Tobacco harvest resumed by mid-week and is pretty much on schedule.
Larry Moorehead, Moore County
Most locations got an inch plus of much needed rain this week. Hay baling, spraying of fungicides on beans, and clipping of pastures were the main field work this week.
Jason Evitts, Trousdale County
Dry weather last week has allowed producers to start second cutting hay. Several producers topping tobacco this week. Pastures still look good from all June and July moisture but after last two weeks of dry weather could use a rain.
David Cook, Davidson County
With close to fifteen inches over the normal amount of precipitation for the year, pasture and range conditions remain in excellent condition.
Kevin Rose, Giles County
Many acres of hay harvested over the past week. Pastures look very good for this time of year.
A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
Row crops are looking good. Some insect pressure reported in beans. Spotty showers continue. Hot and humid and cattle are spending lots of time in shade.
Matthew Deist, Marion County
Lack of adequate moisture in the past week is causing stress on pastures and row crops. Time will tell if yields have been impacted. You all have a great week.
John Goddard, Loudon County
No rain this week. Corn beginning to fire. Beans look good. Lots of hay harvested this week.
Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
Warmer temperatures with no rain have slowed forage growth.
John Wilson, Blount County
Another dry week across the county with the exception of the mountains. Cooler temperatures prevailed. Crops and pastures are in need of a good rain.
Jason Debusk, Bradley County
A few areas have received some small pop-up showers, but many areas are quickly getting dry. Some second and third cutting hay is being baled and silage harvest has started.
AgFax Weed Solutions
Hay baling was the dominant activity across the state last week with pop-up showers doing little to slow the second or third cuttings of hay. Other activities included spraying of fungicides on soybeans and the topping of tobacco. Pastures continued to look good due to the rainfall received over the past few months, but the elevated heat and humidity seen by most of the state placed a great deal of stress on livestock.
There were 5.0 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 14 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 13 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus.