Tennessee Field Reports: Cooler Temperatures Cause Concerns

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    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 22, 2016.

    County Agent Comments

    Tim Campbell, Dyer County
    All crops continue to progress well. Need warmer weather on cotton.

    Jeff Via, Fayette County
    Crops look good.

    Walter Battle, Haywood County
    The county experienced cooler temperatures for an extended period during the week. Winter wheat crop is progressing very well. Planting was occurring at a steady pace until the rains.

    Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
    Planting continues at a sluggish pace due to cool, cloudy weather and rainfall activity. Producers made the best use of their time planting soybeans, re-planting corn, applying post-emerge herbicides and making side-dress nitrogen applications in corn. Some hay was cut and harvested early in the week.

    Rainfall over .50″ fell across Weakley County early Friday morning bringing all fieldwork to a halt.

    Ron Blair, Henderson County
    About 50 % of first hay cutting is baled.

    Larry Moorehead, Moore County
    We are getting dry.

    Kevin Rose, Giles County
    Lot of hay acres being harvested. corn planting completed, non-wheat beans almost completed.

    Cynthia Zeitz, Jackson County
    Heavy isolated rains helped hay fields, but slowed cutting. For the most part, fescue headed out very short.

    A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
    Rain showers have prevented hay harvest, but have improved row crop conditions. Cool temperatures have caused some concern for row crops.

    Matthew Deist, Marion County
    Most of all the corn and soybeans for the year have emerged and many wheat fields have started showing color. A need for rain during the week was fulfilled that aided young crop plants and pastures.

    Hay producers either have their first cutting of hay baled or are ready to cut this week pending weather. Cattle and pastures are still in good shape along with everything else in the county. You all have a great week.

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    Ed Burns, Franklin County
    Need a good rain! Scattered to very isolated showers produced form 0 – 0.20 inch of rain for the week. Temperatures remain below normal, warmer temperatures could put young crops in critical condition.

    Producers have been busy planting early beans, harvesting hay, and readying combines for canola and wheat. The canola crop is approaching maturity and several acres of wheat are also approaching maturity.

    John Goddard, Loudon County
    It’s been 2 weeks since it’s rained here. Some soybeans are emerging. Several folks have baled hay. Most are waiting on dry weather forecast.

    Jerry Lamb, Rhea County
    Conditions remain dry with spotty showers. Hay harvest in full swing.

    Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
    Pasture has been slow to recover from dry March and April.

    Keith Jacob Boone, Hancock County
    We had another week of scattered showers. Corn and soybeans are still being planted and hay crop is coming along. Some of my producers have already started cutting and baling hay.

    General Comments

    While a cold front brought some much-needed rain to parts of Tennessee, the cooler temperatures associated with it caused concern for their emerging crops among row crop farmers.  Cotton especially needed warmer temperatures.  Livestock producers were busy with hay harvest until the rain.  Cattle and pastures were still in good shape.

    There were 4.7 days suitable for field work.  Topsoil moisture was 2 percent very short, 15 percent short, 60 percent adequate and 23 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels were 2 percent very short, 14 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus.

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