Tennessee crops progressing mostly ahead of average

Most crops in Tennessee are progressing quicker than average to start July.

The USDA reports as of Sunday 51% of corn is silking, ahead of the five-year average of 46%, with 4% in the dough stage. The crop is rated 72% good to excellent.

Cotton squaring reached 55% with 15% setting bolls, compared to 7% on average. Tennessee cotton is rated 64% good to excellent.

91% of soybeans have emerged with 39% blooming and 8% setting pods, compared to just 1% on average. The crop is considered 71% good to excellent.

94% of tobacco is transplanted with 5% topped and a condition rating of 79% good to excellent.

Winter wheat harvest is 88% complete, slightly behind last year and the five-year average.

The first cutting of alfalfa hay is 94% complete and pasture conditions are considered 63% good to excellent.

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