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Tennessee corn, soybean planting ahead of the average pace

Mother Nature has been putting crop genetics to the test with the wet and cooler start to the planting season.  Sixty-five percent of the corn crop has been planted with 35 percent emerged, both are slightly ahead of the averages.  Soybeans are 15 percent planted, ahead of last year and the 5-year average while cotton planting is just 2 percent planted, behind last year and the five-year averages. 

Ninety-four percent of winter wheat is jointing and 59 percent headed, with 76 percent rated good to excellent.  Apples are 87 percent in full bloom and 55 percent rated good to excellent.  Pastures are rated 60 percent good to excellent. 

Topsoil and subsoil moisture are both 94 percent adequate to surplus. 

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