Tennessee Field Reports: Rains Provide Needed Moisture

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 19, 2018.

    County Agent Comments

    Jeff Via, Fayette County
    The farmers in Fayette County have been busy spraying pests. They are about finished with spraying in cotton. Corn is drying down pretty fast. Hay is also being harvested. 

    Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
    Scattered thundershowers have perked up soybeans in areas fortunate enough to receive rainfall. Corn is finished for the most part. Some high moisture corn was harvested this past week with average yields reported. Some fungicide applications are being made to double-crop soybeans.

    Larry Moorehead, Moore County
    Up until Friday we had a good week for field work. We baled a lot of hay and a lot of pasture clipping etc. Corn is drying down. We will probably start harvesting in a couple of weeks. A lot of pastures are getting a lot of weeds with the rains we have had.

    David Cook, Davidson County
    Once again, scattered rainfall has greatly improved both topsoil and subsoil moisture levels. Pasture and range conditions continue to improve.

    John Goddard, Loudon County
    Lots of corn silage chopped and lots of grass hay baled this week.

    Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
    Frequent rain has maintained adequate soil moisture for crop growth.

    James Blake Ramsey, Hawkins County
    Still getting rain that we need. 

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    General Comments

    Rain fell over most of the state last week providing needed moisture and improving crop conditions. Corn producers were preparing for harvest, while cotton and soybean farmers were busy with last minute spraying. These rains also improved pasture conditions.

    There were 4.9 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture rated 6 percent very short, 18 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 7 percent very short, 25 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.

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