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Weather helps crop development in the Delta region

Warmer weather has helped crops in the Delta Region catch up.  

Ninety percent of Tennessee’s corn crop is silking and 51% is in the dough stage, with 82% of the crop rated good to excellent.  Cotton is 79% squaring, 33% setting bolls, and 66% is rated good to excellent.    Soybeans are 65% blooming, 35% setting pods, and 78% is rated good to excellent.  Pastures are rated 63% good to excellent. Many farmers have also been aggressively treating crops for armyworms.

Brownfield meteorologist Greg Soulje says the weather outlook looks good for the time being.  “No sign of any heatwave weather pattern,” he says.  “And there is the likelihood that as we get deeper into late-August, September, and October we’ll probably return to wetter weather conditions and maybe some harvest delays there as the Tropics can become quite active.”

In Arkansas, 98% of the corn crop is silking, 41% is dented, with 67% rated good to excellent.  Eighty-one percent of cotton is setting bolls, 1% is opening, and 82% is rated good to excellent.  Soybeans continue to develop on pace with the 5-year average, with 67% setting pods and 64% rated good to excellent.  Rice is 26% headed and 67% rated good to excellent.  93% of peanuts are pegging and 57% of the second cutting of hay has wrapped up.  

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