DRIER CONDITIONS AID PLANTING
Spotty showers did little to hinder corn, cotton, and soybean planting. Corn farmers continued to apply post-emerge herbicides and side-dress nitrogen. Hay producers were able to make substantial progress on their first cutting in areas where fields were dry enough to let them harvest. Strawberry growers reported good yields. There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Topsoil moisture rated 3 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 21 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 2 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 26 percent surplus. The Tennessee weather report can be accessed here: TN Crop Weather 05_20_19. The U.S. crop condition weekly report can be accessed here: US Crop Progress 05_20_2019.