Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 19, 2016.
County Agent Comments
Tim Campbell, Dyer County
Great progress has been made this week with wheat harvest. Hearing about surprising good yields overall for the kind of cool, wet April and May for our area. Corn crop progressing better now with warmer weather. Some fields are at full tassel with many acres approaching tassel or already at early tassel stage of growth. Cotton looking better due to warmer days and nights the past week or so. Soybeans are doing well so far.
Kenny Herndon, Carroll County
Parts of the county received some well needed rainfall Wednesday afternoon. Some smaller corn was beginning to show signs of low moisture. Some of the early corn is beginning to tassel. Wheat harvest has been very strong this week. I am hearing yields in the 70 plus bushel range.
Jeff Via, Fayette County
Farmers in Fayette County were busy harvesting wheat last week. All crops look good for the most part. Other activities were baling hay and spraying for pests.
Walter Battle, Haywood County
Due to dry conditions, tremendous progress was made in regard to wheat harvest, soybean planting, and hay harvest. There is concern about the high temperatures. Pastures are holding up fine but could use some moisture.
Ron Blair, Henderson County
Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
Sunshine and warm temperatures kept farmers in the field harvesting wheat and planting soybeans this week. Excellent wheat yields ranging from 60-80 bushels per acre are common with some farms reporting 90+ bushels per acre. A storm front pushed through the county late Wednesday and brought a good rain that will help early planted corn that is in the tassel stage. High winds associated with this storm caused lodged and green-snapped corn as well as tree and limb damage.
Calvin C. Bryant III, Lawrence County
Wheat harvest was in full swing early in the week until mid-week showers stalled progress. Much needed rain helped boost crop conditions temporarily, but by weeks end soil moisture levels were in fast decline.
Larry Moorehead, Moore County
We had some scattered rain but it’s almost gone because we’ve been in the high 90’s. We had to stop planting beans behind wheat because of dry weather. Pastures are going downhill fast.
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Kevin Rose, Giles County
Storms brought about 1/2 inch of rain this week including winds that damaged many trees and some corn fields. It’s been reported that the county is about 6-7 inches of rainfall behind normal for this year, which is having effect on crops and pasture.
A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
Spotty rain showers this week. Haying continues with warm season hay. Cool season pastures are low and looking for warm season grasses to fill in. Row crops look good.
Matthew Deist, Marion County
Corn and soybean crops are suffering a bit and in need of rain if we’re to see maximum average yields. Cattle are still managing well with pastures still in decent shape. Almost everyone has cut their first hay crop with reports similar to last year’s first cutting yields. Could be much worse, thankful it’s not. You all have a great week.
Billy Garrett, Pickett County
DRY! Corn twisting and curling.
Ed Burns, Franklin County
Mid-week thunderstorms brought much needed rain! Mid -week storms produced from 0.5 to nearly two inches in isolated areas, most reporting .75 to 1.00 inch. Wind associated with storms broke limbs, downed a few trees, blew down corn in a few isolated areas but damage is minimal. Wheat harvest is ahead of normal with most producers finishing up and a number reporting completion of planting double crop beans. Yields have been good ranging from 85 to 100 plus bushels per acre. Test weight excellent with no reports of disease. Sixty percent of the corn is tasseled.
John Goddard, Loudon County
Rain totaling .9 inches helped crops this week. Temperatures were above 90 degrees every day. Wheat harvest is slowing, with some areas yielding a record 100+ bushels per acre. Soybeans look good now that it’s rained. I saw some early blooms on soybeans this week!
Jonathan Rhea, Monroe County
Corn is starting to twist in spots in fields and is a sure sign we need some moisture.
Jerry Lamb, Rhea County
Afternoon pop-up showers improved soil moisture conditions in a few areas; however, overall dry to extremely dry conditions continue. Hay yields are looking to be, on average, 40 percent lower. Pasture conditions are declining. Some producers are feeding hay, starting to liquidate livestock, or looking to purchase hay.
Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
Rains have been elective in coverage resulting in some areas being much drier.
Kevin Jacob Boone, Hancock County
Had some light showers this week so most of every day was suited for work. A lot of hay has been put up this past week and most fields have bounced back quickly. Most of the corn has been planted and has started growing really well. So far none has twisted up yet during the day. Cattle and other livestock seem to be in really good shape and have plenty of grass to graze.
Continued dry weather over most of the State last week allowed producers to make great harvest progress with wheat and hay, and had the additional effect of preventing producers from planting soybeans following wheat because of the dry soil. With some scattered showers, early planted corn is tasseling while other corn is twisting and beginning to show signs of heat stress. There were 6.2 days suitable for field work.
Topsoil moisture was 6 percent very short, 29 percent short, 59 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels were 5 percent very short, 28 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.