Tennessee Field Reports: Corn Growers Prepare for Harvest

    ©Debra L Ferguson

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 18, 2019.

    County Agent Comments

    Kenny Herndon, Carroll County
    Crop and pasture conditions very good for this time of year. Some irrigation rigs were running last week. Corn is nearing harvest. Seen an increase in insect pressure in soybeans this last week. Condition of cattle is very good overall for this time of year.

    Jeff Via, Fayette County
    The farmers in Fayette County had a good week to spray for pests last week. Other than that, farmers cut and baled hay. Corn is getting close – a few more weeks until harvest. Some with dryers may start this week or next.

    Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
    High temperatures and little to no rainfall have dropped crop ratings. Corn is beginning to mature with some limited harvest expected next week. Dryland soybeans are starting to show moisture stress each afternoon. Irrigation is on-going where available.

    Matt Webb, Marshall County
    Silage harvest has been underway the last two weeks. A lot of hay was cut this past week; mixture of 2nd and 3rd cuttings. Cattle condition has been good. Gardens and fruits are in declining stages with some preparing to plant winter turnip greens. Blight in tomatoes has been an issue this summer, because of this many farmers have been trying the Vertical Indoor Hydroponics Garden System. This alternative to outdoor growing has been a success for many farmers who were having trouble with many of their crops since hydroponic growing systems keeps plants away from harsh weather. 

    Larry Moorehead, Moore County
    Pasture spraying, pasture clipping, hay baling, and fungicide spraying are the main activities this week. We could use some rain this week because the high temps are drying us out in a hurry.

    David Cook, Davidson County
    Typical August weather has remained hot and dry this week, which has depleted both topsoil and subsoil moisture levels. Overall, pasture and range conditions remain in very good condition.

    Kevin Rose, Giles County
    Fungicides being applied to some soybeans. Many acres of hay being harvested. Pastures look very good for this time of year.

    A. Ruth Correll, Wilson County
    We did have some showers but another good week for row crop and hay work. Silage being harvested with reports of high quality and production. Soybean producers reporting some insect pressure. Hay harvest continues as weather permits. Some very high temperatures and high humidity days continue to stress cattle and farmers.

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    Matthew Deist, Marion County
    Another week of little to no moisture has row crops and pastures stressed. On a positive note, corn harvest should start this week and yields are expected to be good. From a cattle producer side, second cuttings of hay are in the barn with yields less than spring cuttings. Cattle are still looking good for the time of year. You all have a great week.

    Jason Garrett, Overton County
    The northern part of the county is in a drought.

    Steve Harris, Coffee County
    Hot and dry weather this past week. Several acres of hay harvested.

    John Goddard, Loudon County
    Some hay went up this week. Conditions are getting dry. Only .1 inch of rain this week. 90 degrees highs this week. We need rain!

    Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County
    Received good rain this week across the area, but hot temperatures have dried soils some.

    Jason Debusk, Bradley County
    With the exception of some small areas that received a shower last week, most areas of the county are getting very dry.

    Anthony Carver, Grainger County
    Hemp production diseases that have been noted in county: Hemp leaf spot, septoria Leaf Spot, and cercospora spot.

    Mannie Bedwell, Hamblen County
    Silage harvest beginning with widely variable yields. Getting dry quickly – a few cattle producers on shallow soils are beginning to feed hay. Too late to help most corn yields but pastures, hay and soybeans could really benefit from some good rains.

    General Comments

    Hot, dry weather prevailed over most of the state, providing ample opportunities for fieldwork. Corn producers were busy preparing for harvest with some expected to begin harvesting as early as this week. Soybean and cotton growers sprayed for insects and applied fungicides. Hay baling continued to be a major activity with farmers working on their second and third cuttings. Despite the heat, pastures and cattle looked good for this time of year.

    There were 6.4 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 27 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 26 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.

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