Tennessee Fields: Warm, Dry – Planting

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    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 13, 2018.

    County Agent Comments

    Jeff Via, Fayette County
    The farmers in Fayette County have been busy planting cotton and beans. We have finished planting corn. Other activities include spraying hayfields and cutting hay. 

    Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
    Re-planting poor stands, and completing first planting of corn as well as planting soybeans has been a major focus this week. Producers are also completing fungicide applications to wheat. Warmer temperatures and dry conditions are helping to improve the wheat crop conditions. Forage producers are taking advantage of the good drying conditions to harvest hay.

    Calvin C. Bryant III, Lawrence County
    A good dry week had farmers very busy with haymaking and corn planting. Strawberry harvest is underway and cool season vegetables harvest is in full swing.

    James Harlan, Wayne County
    Corn planting pretty much done. Soybean planting starting to progress. Cattle and Pastures look good.

    Larry Moorehead, Moore County
    We have replanted some corn this week while trying to finish up the corn and planting beans. We have been cutting small grains for hay and some farmers have started cutting grass. Our yields are going to be low because of the cool weather. Hopefully we’ll keep getting rain so the next cuttings will be better.

    David Cook, Davidson County
    Davidson County is currently 6 inches over the average rainfall amount for the year. High temperatures will deplete the topsoil moisture levels, but subsoil moisture levels are very good.

    A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
    Good week for field work. Additional corn planted and some soybeans. Cutting wheat for hay. Cool season grasses seems to have headed short this year and producers are concerned that spring cutting will be short. Cattle look good with lots of calves being taken to market.

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    Matthew Deist, Marion County
    A dry week has allowed corn and soybean planting to edge closer to completion. Quite a bit of hay has been cut this week as well. Rain in the forecast may complicate hay harvest, but aid newly planted crops.

    John Goddard, Loudon County
    Lots of hay cut and baled. Lots of corn planted. No significant rain this week. Some soybeans planted this week.

    Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
    Pasture doing very well with warmer conditions.

    Neal Denton, Knox County
    We are starting to get too dry. If we do not get some significant rain in the next 10 days we are going to be in drought.

    General Comments

    Tennessee farmers made significant progress during 6.0 days suitable for field work. The state experienced warm and dry conditions for most of the week. This allowed producers to make considerable headway with all plantings, fungicide applications, and hay cutting. Many report improved conditions for most crops and cattle due to the favorable weather.

    Some are concerned with hay yields due to the previously low temperatures, but hopeful for the condition of future cuttings. Topsoil moisture was 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 84 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 3 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 30 percent surplus.

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