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Crops rated well despite lack of rain

Crops rated well despite lack of rain

Rainfall totals throughout most of the state last week were below normal, which led to sort-to-very short oil moisture supplies in almost forty percent of he farmland.
All crops and pastures, however, remain rated in mostly good-to-excellent condition with development advancing well ahead of the normal pace, according to the USDA.
Crops and pastures would respond nicely to a good rain in the upcoming week. Soybean and cotton planting were underway but some growers indicated they would wait for moisture before continuing to pant.
Besides planting, the main farm activities were harvesting hay and fertilizer application.
“Corn planting has been completed this week, with a few producers having started soybean planting. Top dress nitrogen applications are being made in corn. Forage producers have taken advantage of good drying conditions in harvesting their first cutting hay crops. Windy conditions have pulled remaining topsoil moisture to low levels and have kept sprayers parked for most of the week,” Jeff Lannom, Weakley County Ag Extension agent, said.
There were six days suitable for fieldwork across the state throughout last week.
Topsoil moisture levels were rated 5 percent very short, 32 percent short, 62 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Temperatures across the state averaged two to six degrees above normal last week. Rainfall amounts averaged below normal throughout Tennessee.
The average temperature last week was 63 degrees, according to the USDA.

WCP 5.03.12

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