USDA weekly crop report – 10.27.11
Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 2:31 pm
Five full days of fieldwork last week brought fall harvest progress back on target.
According to the Tennessee Crop Weather report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, rainfall was adequate to assist the emerging winter wheat and forage crops and other than harvesting and seeding, growers were able to apply cotton defoliant, prepare tobacco for sale and market calves.
Numbers show that 95 percent of corn has been harvested for grain – up one percent from the five-year average. Cotton has been 100 percent defoliated and 58 percent of cotton has been harvested. Ninety-six percent of soybeans are dropping leaves and 54 percent of the crop has been harvested. Forty-eight percent of winter wheat has been seeded and 17 percent has emerged. Burley harvested tobacco is at 99 percent and burley stripped is 21 percent.
“Rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday brought .5 inch to .75 inch of precipitation; enhancing wheat emergence. Combines were back in the field by Thursday afternoon. Producers are making good progress harvesting corn, soybeans and cotton, as well as seeding wheat,” Weakley County ag extension agent Jeff Lannom said.
Last week’s high temperature was 85 degrees with a low of 34 and an average of 54. With a rain total of .54 inch, precipitation for the year is 52.60 inches.