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Tennessee cattle conditions hit hard by weather

Tennessee experienced negative effects from wetter and colder conditions for most of February.

The USDA says the state was impacted by freezing rain, ice, and two snow events, with some reports of calf loss and livestock stress.

57% of cattle are in good to excellent condition, down 16%, with 26% of pastures and rangelands good to excellent, a drop of 19%, and 79% of Tennessee reports adequate to surplus hay and roughage, 11% lower.

62% of winter wheat is called good to excellent, a 10% decline from January, and nearly the entire state has adequate to surplus soil moisture.

The USDA’s weekly crop progress and condition reports resume in April.

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