Tennessee corn, soybean ratings hold

Rain from Hurricane Laura had a mixed impact on crops in Tennessee last week. The USDA says that rainfall did bring flooding to low-lying areas in western parts of the state and delayed the dry down of early harvested corn but helped out the corn and soybean crops still in the fields and boosted pasture conditions. Eastern Tennessee also saw rain almost every day last week, but showers were spotty in central parts of the state. There are some reports of armyworm and soybean blight, but crops mostly look great.

71% of corn is rated good to excellent, steady on the week, with development ahead of average in most stages, except for maturity, and 4% of the crop is harvested, compared to the five-year average of 14%.

74% of soybeans are in good to excellent shape, unchanged, with slower than normal development.

64% of cotton is called good to excellent, 2% lower, with the boll setting stage complete and 15% of those bolls opening, compared to 33% in average.

53% of tobacco is in good to excellent condition, a drop of 5%, with 98% topping and 42% cut.

65% of pastures are called good to excellent, 2% higher, and 76% of the state’s cattle are rated good to excellent.

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