Tennessee crop conditions decline as drought area expands

Tennessee has been without measurable rainfall for several weeks resulting in declining crop conditions. Some parts of the state have entered into D1 or moderate drought conditions.

Corn is rated 68% good to excellent with 2% silking.  Soybeans are rated 68% good to excellent with 82% planted, 72% of the crop emerged, and 2% blooming.  Cotton is rated 63% good to excellent with 10% squaring.  Thrip populations continue to be a concern for cotton growers.

Winter wheat harvest is 22 percent complete with 85% of the crop mature and 72% rated good to excellent.  Pastures are rated 53% good to excellent and the first cutting was 80% complete.  Sixty-five percent of tobacco has been transplanted. 

Topsoil moisture is 53% adequate to surplus and subsoil moisture is 59% adequate to surplus. 

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