Tennessee Field Reports: Rains Keep Farmers from Fields

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 1, 2018.

    County Agent Comments

    Jeff Via, Fayette County
    The farmers in Fayette County had a good week spraying pests, harvesting wheat and baling hay. Rain moved in later in the week. Temperatures were very hot. Crops look great!!! 

    Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
    High temperatures and drying winds have been offset by timely afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Rain has been tremendous for pollinating corn, even with high heat and high humidity conditions. Soybeans and cotton are progressing well with producers making weed control applications. Only a few “wetter” river bottom locations remain to be planted to soybeans.

    Ronnie Barron, Cheatham County
    Too much rain this week. Very little field work. Crops look really good overall.

    Larry Moorehead, Moore County
    We have had over 5 inches of rain this week that has stopped all field work. A lot of hay on the ground that can’t be gotten out of the field yet. Everything is growing with plenty of water. We had a lot of storm damage on Thursday with power outages and several barns damaged.

    Kevin Rose, Giles County
    Late week storm brought 2-4 inches of rain and some 60-70 mph winds that took down many trees along with some fences.

    A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
    Some significant rain this week which varied from 2 – 3.5 inches at recording stations across the county. Some corn tasseling. Soybeans look good with weed pressure being main issue. Cattle producers are commenting on heavy fly pressure and pink eye issues. Cattle producers are concerned regarding quantity and quality of hay so far this year. 

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    Jenni Goodrich, Morgan County
    Farmer in Morgan County who tracks rainfall measured 11 inches of rain between June 21 and June 28th.

    John Goddard, Loudon County
    3.8 INCHES OF MUCH NEEDED RAIN THIS WEEK! No field work this week. Corn and beans look great! Still have some hay to cut yet. Still have wheat to harvest yet.

    James Blake Ramsey, Hawkins County
    We got some much needed rain this past week.

    Neal Denton, Knox County
    Good rain. We are in the best shape we have been in since May. The entire area of Knox County has gotten over 2 inches. Some parts of the county are over 4 inches.

    Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
    Hot days over 90 are negatively affecting cool season pastures.

    General Comments

    Widespread showers, while helping tremendously with development of crops already in the ground, also limited some producer’s ability to get back into the field to bale hay that had been cut. Rain also forced some producers to delay applying weed control applications and finish planting crops. There were also reports of pink eye in cattle. There were 3.8 days suitable for field work, compared to 4.8 last week.

    Topsoil moisture was 11 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 20 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Hay and Roughage supplies were 12 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus.

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