Tennessee Field Reports: Cooler Temperatures Arrive

Cotton modules in picked field. Mature soybean field nearby. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 3, 2019.

County Agent Comments

Ricky R. Mathenia, McNairy County
A storm damaged approximately 300 ag buildings and structures. About 800 acres of unharvested soybeans, 300 acres of cotton, and some unharvested corn were affected.

Jeff Via, Fayette County
The farmers in Fayette County did not get a lot of harvesting or planting done this week. Rain and wet conditions prevented this. Also, the temps were cooler than average.

Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
Clouds and rain were the theme this past week with little to no field work completed. Approximately 1.7″ to 2.0″ fell on Wednesday and Thursday. Finished up the month with a little sleet and a few snowflakes on October 31st.

Calvin C. Bryant III, Lawrence County
After multiple mild frosty mornings in October we finally had our first hard freeze. Field work was minimal during the week.

Larry Moorehead, Moore County
We have had 4 to 5 inches of rain this week and everything we have planted looks good.

Kevin Rose, Giles County
More ran last week halted corn and bean harvest. Week also saw first below freezing temperatures of the season.

A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
More rain this week and this has significantly improved topsoil moisture but made it difficult to do field work. Water availability for livestock has improved. Temperatures dropped below freezing one night and we had a heavy frost.

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John Goddard, Loudon County
2 inches rain so far this week.

Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
Frequent rain has greatly improved soil moisture.

John Wilson, Blount County
This week saw cooler temperatures with morning frosts and additional rains. Fall plantings have resumed. Hay feeding continues for livestock.

Jason Debusk, Bradley County
More beneficial rains this week, with some areas of the county receiving 2+ inches. Pasture conditions have improved.

General Comments

A cold front made its way across the state last week bringing with it rain and significantly cooler temperatures. Many areas reported their first hard freeze of the season and a few isolated snowflakes were reported. Farmers along the Tennessee River reported damage to unharvested crops from the strong storms that went through on Saturday, October 26. Pasture conditions showed signs of improvement after the rains and livestock producers reported that their ponds were filling back up, alleviating the need to haul water to their herds.

There were 2.6 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 10 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 23 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 16 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus.


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