What is in this article?:
- Tennessee row crops look outstanding so far
- County agents chime in on good crops
• This year, Tennessee row crops have received plenty of good weather and solid growth across the state, as most crops rate in good or excellent conditions, according to recent reports.
TENNESSEE soybeans, corn and cotton look good across much of the state. If things stay the course, Tennesee farmers could be looking at a strong 2013 harvest.
Tennessee row crops are rated in mostly good-to-excellent condition as the dog-days of summer hit, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service report released Aug. 5.
Cattle also are rated in good-to-excellent condition. Silage harvest has started, and farmers continue to scout fields and apply herbicides as necessary. Even the tobacco crop has turned around from severe wet feet earlier in July.
The soybean crop is blooming and setting pods. Cotton is setting bolls and could use some heat. Corn is mostly in the dough-to-dent stage. Tobacco is being topped and its condition has improved after July rains threatened to swamp it.
Topsoil moisture levels were rated 6 percent short, 81 percent adequate and 13 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels were rated 5 percent short, 89 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus. Temperatures averaged near normal across the state in recent weeks. Rainfall averaged near normal for east Tennessee and the plateau, below normal for middle Tennessee and average for west Tennessee.