Thursday, May 22, 2008

USDA-TN Crop Weather

Tennessee Crop Weather

Week Ending Date
May 18, 2008
Agricultural Summary
 Most field activities were limited last week due to scattered showers and
 thunderstorms across Tennessee.  Planting progress for most crops
 continues to lag behind last year and the five-year average.  With almost
 one-fourth of their acreage planted, cotton producers were 10 days behind
 the five-year average, while soybean farmers lagged one week behind the
 normal schedule.  Tobacco transplanting and hay harvest continued on a
 limited basis, both slightly behind the 5-year average.  The winter wheat
 crop continues to be rated in mostly good-to-excellent condition with a
 few fields beginning to turn color.  Other field activities taking place
 last week, as weather allowed, included spreading fertilizer, spraying
 pesticides, and picking strawberries.
 There were 3 days considered suitable for fieldwork last week.  As of
 Friday, topsoil moisture levels were rated 3 percent short, 70 percent
 adequate, and 27 percent surplus.  Subsoil moisture levels were rated 2
 percent very short, 11 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 17 percent
 surplus.  Temperatures across the State were below normal last week, as was

County Agent Comments
"Rainy and cool weather continues to plague and halt cotton and soybean
 planting. Wheat continues to progress well. Diseases are present and poised
 to affect yields depending upon weather conditions the rest of May. However,
 many acres have been sprayed with a fungicide which is a plus to ward off
 disease progress. Cotton planting timing is rapidly reaching a critical
 stage where producers need to be getting cotton planted."
 Tim Campbell, Dyer County
"Continued wet, cloudy weather allowed few opportunities for field work
 this week. Producers are looking for warmer/drier conditions next week to
 complete corn planting and start soybean planting. Some herbicide
 applications went out this past week and side-dressed nitrogen fertilizer
 applications were able to be made."
 Jeff Lannom, Weakley County
"Hay harvest took an upturn this weekend in hopes of catching a few days
 of drying time in between threat of rain. Some river bottoms will have
 some late planted corn."
 Troy Dugger, Hickman County
"The wet weather has made some people anxious about setting tobacco and
 they are behind schedule. Several people have tobacco plants ready to set
 and it is too wet for ground preparation. Pastures and hay are coming
 along but with the hay that has been harvested; the yield is down due to
 last year's drought."
Jason Evitts, Trousdale County
"The wheat crop has started to change color. Some weed issues such as
 vetch, thistle, etc. has shown up in some fields of wheat. Wet weather has
 delayed some field work but corn planting is nearing completion. Hay
 harvest of tall fescue has been delayed. Those producers with bermuda hay
 fields are seeing some good growth despite cool temperatures."
 Matt Webb, Marion County
Weather Summary For USDA, NASS, Tennessee Field Office
 Prepared By from NWS preliminary data
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More information contact: Debra K. Kenerson; State Director 615-781-5300

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