Tennessee Field Reports: Corn Planting Nears Completion

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    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 21, 2017.

    County Agent Comments

    Tim Campbell, Dyer County
    Wheat beginning to show color changes toward maturity. Corn planting essentially finished. Some spot replanting occurred this week. Cotton planting has been going full speed ahead. Early soybean plantings have begun where flooded ground is not involved. Catchup spraying for weeds occurred this week. 

    Jeff Via, Fayette County
    The farmers in Fayette County have finished planting corn and almost finished planting cotton. They are busy planting the rest of their cotton and working on the beans. Wheat has turned and will be ready for harvest soon. Hay is being baled.

    Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
    Producers have made great progress this week planting corn and soybeans. Corn planting is almost complete, with many producers swapping planters over to soybeans. High wind conditions have hampered in-crop herbicide spraying, as well as burn-down applications.

    Ronnie Barron, Cheatham County
    Excellent drying conditions have allowed field work to resume in force this week.

    Calvin C. Bryant III, Lawrence County
    Producers were busy making hay and planting beans until a late week rain brought all field work to a halt.

    Richard Groce, Maury County
    Corn planting nearing completion. Soybean planting is progressing. Hay cutting is in full swing but the first cutting looks to be somewhat less than typical. Cattle are slicking off and looking good generally.

    Larry Moorehead, Moore County
    A great week for planting and making hay. We are in need of rain.

    Kevin Rose, Giles County
    Bottom fields finally dried enough this week to finish corn planting. Beans about half way done. Lots of hay acres being harvested.

    A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
    Had a great weather window for haying. Hay harvest is well underway. Mixed reports regarding hay production with some very pleased and some disappointed. Also a good week for crop work. Production reports for wheat silage were good.

    John Goddard, Loudon County
    .2 inch of rain this weekend. 6 dry days good for silage chopping, corn and soybean planting and cool season grass hay baling. Early hay quality is good. Hay quantity is average and some above average yields. Horn flies are abundant on cattle.

    Ed Burns, Franklin County
    Storms at week’s end produced a much needed .75 inch of rain with straight line winds of 60 -70 mph that had the chain saws going cleaning up split trees and broke limbs. Winds also caused quite a bit of lodging to ripening wheat. Corn, soybeans, and cotton progressing well but could use a good soaking rain. Several producers made good progress on first cutting of hay, most reporting reduced yields and increased weed pressure.

    Herbicide Resistance Info

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    Jerry Lamb, Rhea County
    Producers have been active in the harvesting hay. Yields seem to be below normal levels and the quality is lower than usual. Wheat is turning with a large number of field showing lodging due to high winds and thunderstorms.

    Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
    A large storm moved through Sullivan County and most of Northeast Tennessee last Friday. This rainfall with favorable temperatures have improved pasture quality. Several days of hot and drier weather this week has allowed producers to cut and bale a significant portion of their hay.

    James Blake Ramsey, Hawkins County
    5 days suitable for field work and we are still above average for rainfall the month.

    General Comments

    Corn producers were wrapping up planting with some switching planters over to soybeans.  High winds hindered spraying and caused lodging in wheat in some areas.  Hay cutting was in full swing.  Although hay quality was generally good, many producers reported below average yields.  Cattle producers reported a few instances of insect pressure on their herds.

    There were 5.8 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 79 percent adequate and 13 percent surplus.  Subsoil moisture was 5 percent short, 77 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus.

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