Tennessee Field Reports: Rains Provide Some Relief

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 20, 2019.

    County Agent Comments

    J. C Dupree, Lauderdale County
    Corn harvest is nearly complete with soybean and cotton harvest in full swing. Good yields continue to be reported overall. Wheat planting to begin soon.

    Kenny Herndon, Carroll County
    Farmers have made a lot of progress this week in getting soybeans and cotton harvested. Beef producers are feeding hay.

    Jeff Via, Fayette County
    The farmers in Fayette County had a good week of harvest. A few showers kept some out of the fields.

    Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
    Rainfall on Tuesday night was followed by sunny conditions for the remainder of the week. Producers were back in the field late Thursday afternoon combining soybeans and shelling corn. The wheat seeding pace has picked up considerably with earlier planted wheat emerging after receiving adequate moisture.

    Rusty Evans, Montgomery County
    Recent Rains were needed but have slowed down harvest some, depending on the part of the county.

    Ronnie Barron, Cheatham County
    Tobacco harvest is complete. A few producers are trying to get in a late cutting of hay. Corn and soybean harvest has slowed down this week as 1.5 inches of rain fell over Tuesday night.

    Larry Moorehead, Moore County
    We need rain!

    Bruce Steelman, Cannon County
    Dry conditions caused shortage of grass. This week the area has experienced frost. Grazing season has been cut short and hay feeding has begun for several producers. Could cause hay shortage for area producers before season is over.

    Kevin Rose, Giles County
    Scattered showers last week provided some moisture and halted field activities for a day or so. Reports that some producers are hauling water and several producers feeding hay right now.

    A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
    Row crop harvest continues with producers continuing to report good yields. Continue to need rain for pasture improvement and water supplies.

    Steve Harris, Coffee County
    We had first frost Friday, October 18. 0.4″ of rain this week helped dry conditions.

    John Goddard, Loudon County
    0.3 in. rain this week. Need more! Beef producers feeding hay. Temps are milder this week, thank goodness! Soybean harvest in full bore. Seeing some 80 bu./ac. beans.

    Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
    Some good rain but very cool temperatures this week.

    John Wilson, Blount County
    End-of-week brought a welcome rainfall average of half-inch. It wasn’t a lot but slow, steady and much appreciated after ten weeks of drought. Drilling of wheat and winter annual forages should commence with more favorable soil conditions. Hay feeding of livestock continues with the absence of pasture forage. Temperatures are cooler with some scattered frosts observed mid-week.

    Jason Debusk, Bradley County
    Still need rain! We got a good rain Tuesday, but it’s still very dry! Burley tobacco has been cut and put in barn. Some corn is being harvested!

    General Comments

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    Rains across much of the state provided much needed moisture to most farmers. These rains also brought with them cooler temperatures with many areas reporting frost. Corn, soybean, and cotton harvests continued with most farmers continuing to post favorable yields. The added soil moisture from the recent rains have helped in the emergence of early planted winter wheat.

    Pasture conditions improved slightly after the rains, but frost kept pastures from making any big improvement and effectively put a stop to the grazing season in many areas. There were 5.2 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was rated 20 percent very short, 24 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 22 percent very short, 34 percent short, 43 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

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