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Farmers reporting favorable yields as TN harvest progresses

Scattered showers across the state did little to relieve the extremely dry conditions.  Corn and soybean harvest continue, and producers are reporting favorable yields for both corn and early-crop beans.  Pastures are starting to deteriorate in some areas and livestock producers are being forced to feed hay. 

According to the latest crop report, 74 percent of corn and 27 percent of soybeans have been harvested.  Twelve percent of the cotton crop has been harvested and 92 percent of the crop is opening bolls and 60 percent of the crop is rated good to excellent. 

Ninety-four percent of tobacco has been cut.

Ten percent of winter wheat has been planted and 2 percent has emerged.

Just 15 percent of pastures are rated good to excellent.

Topsoil moisture is rated 22 percent adequate while 78 percent is rated short to very short.  Just 19 percent of subsoil moisture is called adequate while 81 percent is short to very short. 

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