Crop conditions mixed in Tennessee

Crop conditions were mixed last week in Tennessee.

The USDA says corn planting is nearly over in the western part of the state, but soybean planting has been slowed down by the winter wheat harvest and some cotton producers are having to replant because of unfavorable weather. Corn planting is also nearly finished in central Tennessee, with conditions helped out by rain. Rain is also boosting conditions in eastern areas.

Tennessee livestock producers says hay yields are lower because of weather earlier this spring.

98% of corn is planted, compared to the five-year average of 97%, and 92% has emerged, matching the average, with 79% rated good to excellent.

73% of soybeans are planted, compared to 67% normally this time of year, and 55% have emerged, compared to 49% on average, with 76% of the crop called good to excellent.

All of the winter wheat crop has headed and 93% is coloring, compared to the usual rate of 91%, with 22% mature, 1% harvested, and 77% in good to excellent condition.

94% of cotton has been planted and 12% is squaring, both ahead of average, with 68% of the crop in good to excellent shape.

40% of tobacco has set.

The first hay cutting is 38% complete, with 62% of hay and 64% of pastures reported as good to excellent.

75% of Tennessee’s cattle herd is in good to excellent condition.

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