Tennessee Field Reports: Record Cold Slows Harvest

    Snow covered cotton. Photo: Steve Burns, Texas AgriLife Extension

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 17, 2019.

    County Agent Comments

    J. C. Dupree, Lauderdale County
    Lauderdale County Farmers are going full speed to get soybeans and cotton out of the field. Rains seem to be holding off, so producers should have a good harvest week. Pastures are in good shape but with some producers feeding hay. Overall, cattle are in good to excellent condition.

    Jeff Via, Fayette County
    The farmers in Fayette County had a few more days they could harvest cotton and beans. Wheat planting has concluded. A lot of the crops should be harvested and farms finished by the end of next week.

    Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
    Producers were able to get back in the field late this week after the snow melted and make use of sunshine in pushing closer to the finish line in soybean harvest.

    Larry Moorehead, Moore County
    Hay supplies may get tight because of dry weather in the fall. We had to start feeding hay so early.

    Kevin Rose, Giles County
    Bean and cotton harvest about completed. Coldest temperatures of the season this week with lows in mid-teens.

    A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
    A hard freeze this week. Temperatures below freezing a couple of nights this past week.

    John Goddard, Loudon County
    Lots of hay being fed. I’m getting several calls from cattle guys looking for hay. Temps down to 19F and 1 inch of snow. Poor harvest conditions.

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    John Wilson, Blount County
    Early week saw two plus inches of snow and temperature dip into the teens. Hay feeding for livestock continues with the short pastures and cold temperatures. Wheat still emerging. Soybean harvest is nearing completion.

    Mannie Bedwell, Hamblen County
    1.5 inches of snow and temps in the teens for two nights brought field work to a halt. Melting snow is a great recharge for soil moisture levels. Pastures on shallow soils have very thin grass stands. Hay supplies seem adequate but cattle are really going through it with cold temps and also fewer chances to stockpile with the drought.

    General Comments

    A cold front passed through the state early last week bringing with it record low temperatures and, in some areas, snow. Cotton and soybean farmers took advantage of drier conditions toward the end of the week to harvest their crops. Wheat growers were also able to make progress planting.

    Livestock producers continued to have to feed hay due to the dry weather earlier this autumn. This has led to concerns about hay supplies lasting through the winter. A few cattle producers were already making inquiries about purchasing hay for their herds.

    There were 4.5 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 13 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus.

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