Tennessee Field Reports: Harvest in Full Swing with Dry Conditions

Cotton picker and modules in picked field at sunset. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 6, 2019.

County Agent Comments

Kenny Herndon, Carroll County
Harvest has been in full swing with the hot and dry conditions we have experienced. Corn harvest is winding down. Cotton harvest has been going pretty strong. Some beans have been harvested. Saw a couple of fields of hay cut this last week. Pasture conditions have declined as some beef producers have begun feeding hay.

Steve Rickman, Chester County
Hot and still extremely dry.

Jeff Via, Fayette County
The farmers in Fayette County had a good week of defoliating/harvesting cotton, cutting hay, and harvesting corn and beans. We are very hot and dry!!! Some rain may come this weekend. Moisture is needed for wheat and forage plantings.

Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
Corn and soybean harvest continues without any rain delays. Corn yields continue to be good to excellent. Soybean yields are very good for the full season crop. The soybeans planted behind wheat will pull the overall yields downward.

Rusty Evans, Montgomery County
Continues to be very dry. Rain is needed. Late soybeans are hurting.

Ronnie Barron, Cheatham County
Tobacco harvest is nearly finished. Fall hay and corn harvest are coming along just fine. Now, we need rain. Some producers have held off on fall over seeding of pastures due to lack of ground moisture.

Larry Moorehead, Moore County
Hot, dry and dusty. We could have a lot of sickness in cattle if we don’t get the dust settled. Harvest is coming along well – beans are down to 9% moisture which is a 3% loss in weight. Corn and soybean yields are down 10 to 20% from last year. We need a rain to get some planting done and to germinate what we have planted.

Jason Evitts, Trousdale County
A few producers starting feeding hay this week. Most finishing up last cutting of hay. Grain harvest has progressed well. Most have finished corn harvest and have changed over to beans. Some producers seeding cool season forages in hopes of rain this weekend.

David Cook, Davidson County
Cold front moving through late Sunday provided around 1 1/2 inches of rainfall for the county and greatly helped to replenish topsoil moisture. Cooler fall temperatures will help to keep topsoil moisture levels.

A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
Another hot, dry week. Crop harvest is progressing with producers reporting good yields. Drought conditions have resulted in pastures being in poor conditions with lots of producers feeding hay. Water availability concerns are becoming more widespread if relying on streams, springs or ponds.

Billy Garrett, Pickett County
Dry – very dry. Pastures drying up. Producers already feeding hay. Hay will be short this year.

Seth Whitehouse, Scott County
Dry and poor pastures. Cattlemen relying on hay early on.

John Goddard, Loudon County
Rain needed badly! No rain since August. Corn Harvest nearly finished. Soybean harvest underway. Corn yields running 150-300 bu. Early corn and beans were best. Late beans look pitiful. Beef Producers are nearly all feeding hay already. Pasture is gone.

Jason Debusk, Bradley County
Extremely dry. Pasture is gone and most producers are or should be feeding hay. Corn yields have mostly been good and early beans are doing pretty well.

Tom Stebbins, Hamilton County
Trees dropping leaves early. Lawns are very dry, but crabgrass is doing great. Hard to drill cover crops in dry soil. Hard to lay plastic for strawberry crop. Blueberries suffering. Ponds getting low. Feeding hay early.

James Blake Ramsey, Hawkins County

General Comments

AgFax Weed Solutions

Hot, dry weather persisted across the state last week, allowing farmers to make good progress harvesting most crops. Corn and soybean harvest continued with producers continuing to report favorable yields for both corn and early crop beans. Yields of late crop beans, however, look to be substantially lower than those of the early crop beans. Tobacco harvest neared completion. Planting of wheat and fall seeding of pastures were delayed as farmers waited for rains to replenish soil moisture supplies.

Pasture conditions continued to deteriorate, forcing more livestock producers to start feeding hay. There were 6.7 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was rated 48 percent very short, 36 percent short, and 16 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture was rated 36 percent very short, 48 percent short, and 16 percent adequate.

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