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Near normal March in much of Tennessee

The USDA says it was a mostly average March for Tennessee.

Only a few days fell below freezing and parts of the state remain dry, especially western areas, but Tennessee is heading into planting season with generally adequate soil moisture as farmers prep fields and apply herbicides.

70% of winter wheat is in good to excellent condition, up solidly on the month, even with the potential for damage in some areas due to cold temperatures and a lack of snow cover.

Pastures are mostly in fair to good shape, with livestock in good condition overall and hay and roughage supplies mostly adequate as pastures start to green.

The USDA’s weekly crop progress and condition reports resume next Monday.

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