Tennessee Field Reports: Rains Delay Harvest, Improve Conditions

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 30, 2019.

    County Agent Comments

    Jeff Via, Fayette County
    The farmers in Fayette County had a few days they could spray and harvest wheat. Crops look good and wheat yields have been good.

    Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms have delayed completion of wheat harvest and double-crop soybean planting, but the timing is perfect on silking and tasseling corn. Rainfall and warm temperatures are keeping pastures in good shape as well. Weed control in soybeans and nitrogen applications to corn are ongoing.

    Jeff Smith, Robertson County 
    Angular Leaf Spot in Dark-Fired Tobacco confirmed on several farms.

    Ronnie Barron, Cheatham County
    Very little field work this week until about Friday or Saturday, due to pop up thunderstorms with heavy rains.

    Keith Allen, Macon County
    An overabundance of rain and storms recently have halted setting of tobacco, hemp and all field work. Tornado 6/21/19 along northern border of county caused destruction of several barns and miles of fences. Several head of livestock were lost in the event.

    Larry Moorehead, Moore County
    Finished bean planting and wheat harvest and some 2nd cutting of hay last week.

    Kristen Rich, Clay County
    Clay County received rainfall last week, which improved overall crop conditions. Producers are nearly finished setting tobacco.

    David Cook, Davidson County
    Adequate rainfall amounts have provided enough topsoil and subsoil moisture to prevent serious heat stress for pasture and range grasses.

    Kevin Rose, Giles County
    Wheat harvest about done and most wheat beans planted. Some producers getting second cutting of hay now. Field crops look very good with all of the recent rainfall.

    John Goddard, Loudon County
    .85 inch of rain this week. Temperatures around 90 all week.

    Anthony Carver, Grainger County
    Tomatoes and other vegetable crops show little to no disease issues.

    General Comments

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    The rain shortened week delayed the end of winter wheat harvest and thus double-crop soybean planting. Tobacco and hemp producers made some headway on setting their crops between rains. Limited field activities included applications of weed controls and nitrogen, and 2nd cuttings of hay. The persistent rains are positively affecting crops and pastures and heading off heat stress. Vegetables in the eastern part of the state have little to no insect pressure.

    There were 4.5 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was rated 8 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 11 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Hay and roughage supplies were rated 4 percent very short, 15 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus.

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