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Tennessee crop ratings declining

Hot and dry conditions are stressing Tennessee crops are reducing condition ratings.

USDA says winter wheat is now 98 percent harvest, ahead of last year and the five-year average.

Cotton is 70 percent squared, 16 percent setting bolls, and 48 percent good to excellent.

Corn is 68 percent silking, 12 percent in the dough stage, and condition is rated 62 percent good to excellent.

Soybeans are 94 percent emerged, 53 percent blooming, 20 percent setting pods, and 55percent rated good to excellent.

Tobacco transplanting is 95 percent complete, and seven percent of plants are topped with 69 percent of the crop rated good to excellent.

Pastures are rated 42 percent good to excellent.

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