Corn planting progress in Tennessee remains the furthest behind the average with 37 points fewer acres planted than average. Progress in Kentucky and Missouri also lags more than 20 point behind the five-year average at this point.
Skies cleared Tuesday morning but not before more than 6 inches, and in some places 8 inches of rain fell across the Deep South in the last seven to 10 days, beating up corn and delaying peanut planting and general field work by several weeks. Here’s what it looked like.
Justin Shealey poked holes, sampled gas and got muddy all in an effort to help the vegetable growers in his area not lose tens of thousands of dollars and time by accidentally killing their spring transplants.
It was 1947 and J.L Clegg was attaching pipes to a free-flowing artesian well on his tobacco farm. That same year, L.E. Connell and assistant county Extension agent J. O. Hensley adjusted pipes on H. Langdale, Jr. Farm. And in 1951, Dock Jones was using dynamite to make ditches.
Johnny Cochran believes in crop rotation and uses at least a two-year to cotton and one-year to peanut rotation. But with a year like 2015, even he is tempted to stray from that doctrine and stretch peanut rotation on a few fields.
The Environmental Protection Agency in 2009 began to phase in new regulations for soil fumigant applications. Fumigant labels were introduced requiring stricter safety measures, including buffer zones around fields.