Tennessee crops: 40% soybeans and 88% corn planted

Tennessee farmers continue to benefit from weather, as planting progress remains ahead of the average pace.

Statewide, soybeans are 40% planted compared to 34% last year and the 5-year average of 29% with 22% of the crop emerged. 

Corn is 88% planted, compared to 81% last year and the 5-year average of 81%.  Cotton is 42% planted compared to the five-year average of 34%. 

Winter wheat is rated 69% good to excellent with 94% of the crop headed and 6% coloring.  Pastures are rated 63% good to excellent with limited growth reported.  The USDA says production has declined because of the lack of moisture earlier in the year. 

Topsoil moisture is 96% adequate to surplus and subsoil moisture is 96% adequate to surplus. 

  • In 1976 my Dad worked for Ames Plantation. He decided to plant soybeans that Spring. My Dad had been a Sharecroper his entire life. We were a Family of seven. After working for two other land owners my Dad got a job at Ames in 1969

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