Corn, cotton, soybeans, and wheat were up for the week. You can continue reading the weekly Tennessee market highlights at Tennessee Market Highlights 5_24_2019.
Corn, soybeans, and wheat were up; cotton was down for the week. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights 5_17_2019.
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.
DRIER CONDITIONS BOOST PLANTING
Drier conditions allowed farmers back into the field on a limited basis. Corn, soybean, and cotton planting continued. Strawberry harvest and the first cutting of hay began. Winter wheat responded well to the warmer, drier weather, as did pasture and forage conditions. There were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Topsoil moisture rated 73 percent adequate, and 27 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 1 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 28 percent surplus. Hay and Roughage Supplies rated 16 percent very short, 25 percent short, 52 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Continue reading at TN Crop Weather 04_29_19. U.S. Crop Progress report can be found at US Crop Progress 04_29_2019.
FARMERS AWAIT DRIER CONDITIONS
Wet conditions due to recent rains kept most farmers from their fields. Some corn was planted, but most row crop farmers were limited to preparation work. Wheat development was aided by above normal temperatures. Pasture and forage condition also benefitted from the higher temperatures. There were 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Topsoil moisture rated 1 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 40 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 1 percent short, 62 percent adequate, and 37 percent surplus. All Crops Flood Damage rated 3 percent severe, 16 percent moderate, 25 percent light, and 56 percent none. All Crops Rain Damage rated 3 percent severe, 18 percent moderate, 27 percent light, and 52 percent none. Continue reading at TN Crop Weather 04_15_19. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at US Crop Progress 04_15_2019.
Corn, cotton, soybeans, and wheat were up for the week. Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights 4_5_2019.
PERSISTENT RAINS, FREEZING TEMPERATURES, LIMITED FIELDWORK
Continued rains and wet, soft ground kept producers out of the field again this week, allowing only 2.1 days suitable for field work. Freezing temperatures accompanied by a frost over the weekend have some worried about wheat, fruit trees, and gardens. Wet weather has hindered corn planting. Many producers are waiting for a window of opportunity to return to fields. Some are optimistic for future pasture conditions due to the recent rainfall, though cattle still need fed due to wet conditions. Pasture and Strawberries appear to be in mostly good condition. Generally, crop progress seems to be comparable to last year. Topsoil moisture was 1 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 46 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 55 percent adequate, and 45 percent surplus. Continue reading at TN Crop Weather 04_09_18. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at US Crop Progress 04_08_2019.
SOME FIELDS RECOVERING FROM WET WEATHER
CORN PLANTING BEGINNING
Coming off extreme wet weather, Tennessee farmers have had some dry days and are taking full advantage by applying burndown herbicides and anhydrous ammonia in drier fields in preparation for this year’s crop season. Fertilizer is being applied to hay fields and some corn is being planted. There were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Topsoil moisture rated 3 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 25 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 1 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 33 percent surplus. Continue reading at TN Crop Weather 04_01_2019. The U.S. Crop Progress report can be read at US Crop Progress 04_01_2019.