|Crop harvest in full swing across county |
|Posted: Friday, September 23, 2011 12:03 pm |
Recent rains and cooler temperatures are helping to usher in the harvest season in West Tennessee and elsewhere across the state.
According to a Tennessee Crop weather report, the combination of temperatures and rainfall has placed pastures into improving conditions and they are not rated at mostly fair level.
With the improving conditions, cotton defoliation hay harvest and fall forage seeding continued, hay producers looked at a third cutting and silage harvest neared completion.
With temperatures averaging about two to seven degrees below normal across the state and rainfall lying in the slightly below normal range across the state, mature corn is at 92 percent, corn harvest for grain is at 59 percent and 94 percent of corn has been harvested for silage.
Forty-two percent of the soybean crop is dropping leaves, nearing the five-year average of 55 percent.
Statistics show the high temperature for the week topping out at 94 degrees with a low of 51 degrees and an average of 70 degrees.
Two rainy days in the week produced a total of 2.01 inches of precipitation.
The current rain total since Jan. 1 is 48.48 inches, a departure from normal of 10.53 inches, and the rain total since April 1 is 32.03 inches, a departure from normal of 7.32 inches.
“Scattered thunderstorms mid-week followed this summer’s pattern by giving the northern parts of the county one to three inches of rain, while the southern part of the county picked up a trace to half an inch,” Weakley County Ag Extension agent Jeff Lannom reported.
“Corn harvest is ongoing with yields hanging in the 110 to 150 range. Some early maturing soybeans have been harvested with yields running in the low 40s.”