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Cool weather prompts near-complete harvests

Cool weather prompts near-complete harvests
Substantial rainfall to the county and state since last week continues to keep crop harvesting on the right track and edging ever closer to completion.
According to a report on Tennessee crop weather from the United States Department of Agriculture, moisture served to help late-planted soybean development and continue to improve pasture conditions. Corn harvest remains on schedule with cotton and soybeans 10 days to two weeks behind their five-year average pace. In addition to harvesting, producers are over-seeding pastures, defoliating cotton and cutting hay.
Statistics show temperatures at one to two degrees below normal across the state with the exception of East Tennessee at two degrees above average. Rainfall fell in the above normal range over most of the state.
“Over two inches of precipitation fell in most of the county early in the week,” Weakley County Ag Extension agent Jeff Lannom reported.
“Double-crop soybeans and pastures will benefit the most from this rain event. Corn harvest is ongoing and early maturing soybeans are being harvested with yields running in the 40 to 60 bushel range.”
In crop progress, mature corn is at 97 percent, up five percent from last week. Sixty-seven percent of corn has been harvested for grain and 95 percent of silage has been harvested.
Fifty-one percent of soybeans are dropping leaves and 3 percent have been harvested with a five-year average of 14 percent.
Forty-six percent of the soybean crop is in good condition.
The high temperature was 84 degrees and the low was 53 with an average of 68. There were four rainy days during the week and about 1.81 inches of precipitation fell.  

WCP 9.29.11

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