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Weekend rains worth ‘a million’ says Smith

Weekend rains worth ‘a million’ says Smith

Posted: Monday, July 12, 2010 9:01 pm

By JOHN BRANNON
Staff Reporter
Words of joy were spoken Sunday evening by Tim Smith of Troy about the weekend rains.
“It was a welcome rain. I would easily say it was a million-dollar rain,” said Smith, Obion County office director of the University of Tennessee Extension Service.
“It looked like it blanketed the whole county. I don’t know if it did or not. We got a heck of a rain here in Troy. It rained hard.”
And yes, Troy as well as everywhere else in the county needed a good rain, preferably a good “soaking rain.”
“There’s a few places in the county that weren’t hurting quite as bad as most, but all the county needed a good rain,” Smith continued. “I wish we could spread it out over a period of time instead of getting it all at one time.”
Smith reports Obion County farmers have 60,000 acres of corn and 110,000 acres of soybeans this year.
He said a lot of the early corn has pollinated and won’t produce as good a yield as last year.
“We were getting real close to having a disaster crop,” he said. “Close to having some major problems. Some fields will still experience problems.
“The late corn was already hurt because of no rain. Early corn was pollinating and doing pretty good but then got hurt because it hadn’t rained. We’re still going to be off the mark quite a bit.”
The 2009 corn crop in Obion County produced an average yield of 160 bushels per acre. And this year?
“We’ll be lucky to average 135 bushels per acre,” Smith said. “We’ll be 15 to 20 percent below last year’s average.”
And what about the 2010 soybean crop?
“Soybeans weren’t hurting quite as bad,” he said. “As a whole, this is going to really make the beans. It’ll really help the soybean crop.”
Marlene Mickelson, a meteorologist at the Memphis office, National Weather Service, said West Tennessee received about two inches of rain Saturday and Sunday. “It was a big upper level disturbance centered over southern Missouri, trying to drift south to southeast,” she said.
“It will continue through Monday evening, off and on.”
Published in The Messenger 7.12.10

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