Pasture conditions deteriorating in Tennessee

Wet fields slowed field work in Tennessee last week, but more moisture is needed to improve pasture conditions.

The USDA reports as of Sunday, 83% of cotton, 87% of soybeans and 100% of corn had been harvested, all slightly ahead of their respective 5-year averages.

Winter wheat planting is 85% complete, with 66% emerged and 50% rated good to excellent.

Only 16% of Tennessee pastures are considered in good to excellent shape. Some producers, especially in the eastern part of the state are feeding hay earlier than usual to supplement poor pasture conditions.  

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