Crop harvesting winds down

Crop harvesting winds down
Mild weather over the past week has fall harvest quickly reaching a conclusion.
According to the Tennessee Crop Weather report, high pressure at the beginning and end of the week resulted in seasonable and dry weather conditions.
For the second week in a row, farmers made good progress seeding wheat and harvesting both soybeans and cotton. All three activities were progressing ahead of the five-year average pace.
Official numbers show that harvested cotton is at 94 percent, up from the five-year average of 86 percent.
Harvested soybeans are at 90 percent, up from the average of 88 percent.
Burley-stripped tobacco is at 44 percent, 87 percent of winter wheat has been seeded and 61 percent of winter wheat has emerged.
Forty-one percent of pastures are in good condition and 41 percent are in fair condition. Sixty-four percent of the winter wheat is in good condition.
The high temperature for the week was 73 degrees with a low of 36 and an average of 53. There were two rainy days during the week producing a total of .59 inch of rain and the yearly total stands at 54.81 inches since Jan. 1.
“Crop harvest will be basically over by the weekend for the 2011 crop year,” Weakley County ag extension agent Jeff Lannom said. “Producers have had exceptionally good harvest weather that has also allowed for timely wheat seeding, lime applications and dirt work to be completed.”

WCP 11.17.11

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