Tennessee Field Reports: Rains Bring Variable Conditions

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 3, 2018.

    County Agent Comments

    J.C. Dupree, Lauderdale County
    Overall, all crops are looking good. Wheat is drying down with harvest to begin soon. We still have a few acres of cotton and soybeans to plant. Delayed by rains. Ripley tomatoes are growing normally, as well. Cattle and pastures are in excellent condition. 

    Jeff Via, Fayette County
    The farmers in Fayette Co. are waiting for dryer conditions to continue planting and spraying. Wheat is turning colors quickly.

    Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
    An extremely wet week with some minor flooding of river bottom crops. Multiple 2″+ rain events this week in many parts of the county. Corn and soybeans are looking good. Wheat crop lodging is evident due to thunderstorms and excessive rainfall.

    Ronnie Barron, Cheatham County
    Poor cutting and curing conditions have put hay harvest behind schedule. Much of the forage still to be cut for hay is very mature and quality will be low. Some tobacco farmers are behind on getting the early crop set. We need some good dry weather (for a little while).

    Larry Moorehead, Moore County
    No field work this week. We have had rain somewhere every day. Some wheat and hay has lodged because of all the rain.

    Jason Evitts, Trousdale County
    After recent rains last week, lots of hay being cut over the weekend.

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    Kevin Rose, Giles County
    Much needed rain for Giles County, about 2 inches over the past week which slowed field activities.

    John Goddard, Loudon County
    Rained every day this week. 2.2 inches total. No field work this week. Corn looks great. Hay is way too mature.

    Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
    Rainy week has kept producers from making progress on first hay cutting.

    James Blake Ramsey, Hawkins County
    It has been wet in Hawkins County the past week.

    Neal Denton, Knox County
    Finally getting rain. The entire county has received rain. It has been very variable. Ranging from one inch to 4 inches according to gardeners and farmers who have reported in.

    General Comments

    Tennessee producers experienced multiple rain days with fluctuating amounts throughout the state. Fieldwork and other activities were halted during the 2.6 days suitable for field work. Some report concern for wheat and hay condition as lodging is present in some areas of the state. Others are finding great conditions with crops and cattle.

    Wet conditions are not helping the progression of hay cutting and tobacco setting. There is concern about the maturity of the hay. Topsoil moisture was 4 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 30 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 24 percent surplus.

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