Rain slows Tennessee harvest progress


Rain slows Tennessee harvest progress

Heavy rainfall halted most harvest activities across the state, however, drier conditions at the end of the week did allow west Tennessee farmers to get back in the fields.  Armyworms continue to cause problems for some farmers in the state.

According to the USDA, corn is 43% harvested, 90% mature, and 73% rated good to excellent.  The cotton crop has 40% of bolls opening and 68% of the crop is rated good to excellent.  Soybean harvest is behind the average pace with 9% cut, 48% of the crop is dropping leaves, and 75% is rated good to excellent.   Eighty-two percent of the tobacco crop is cut.

Pasture conditions are holding with 63% rated good to excellent.  Eleven percent of the winter wheat crop has been planted with 4% emerging.

Topsoil moisture is 90% and subsoil moisture is 88% adequate to surplus.