Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Tennessee Crop Report

Interesting information from our latest crop report.

The Agricultural Summary show that scattered showers, thunderstorms, and cooler temperatures during the past week helped boost crop and pasture conditions in many areas of the State. A more general rain will be needed, however, for conditions to rebound from the prolonged hot, dry weather. Some areas received substantial amounts of precipitation last week, while others were relatively dry.

There were 6 days were considered suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture levels were rated 31 percent very short, 38 percent short, and 31 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture levels were rated 43 percent very short, 38 percent short, and 19 percent adequate.

Both temperatures and rainfall across the State averaged below normal last week. The only exception was in the southwest portion of the State, which averaged above normal rainfall.

Precipitation amounts versus normal show:

Cookeville at 18.46" (13.37" below normal)
Savannah at 17.95 (14.94" below normal)

The best showing in the state is Clarksville at 20.64 (7.69" below normal)

We'll need some significant and widespread rainfall to make the differences before year end.

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