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LOCAL AND AREA CROP AND CATTLE REPORT – SEPT. 9, 2019

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DRY WEATHER CAUSES CONCERN

Corn harvest was in full swing with producers generally reporting good yields. However, soybean growers, particularly those with late-planted beans, were concerned about the effects of the recent hot, dry weather. Baling of hay continued to be a major activity due to near perfect harvesting conditions. Hemp growers noted some disease pressure, but this did not appear to be affecting yields. Pasture conditions deteriorated rapidly as soil moisture decreased, causing worries among livestock producers. There were 6.9 days suitable for field work. Topsoil moisture was rated 11 percent very short, 41 percent short, 47 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 9 percent very short, 36 percent short, and 55 percent adequate.

CROP PROGRESS

Corn – Dough – 100 percent this week, 98 percent last week

Corn – Dented – 94 percent this week, 87 percent last week

Corn – Mature – 63 percent this week, 42 percent last week

Corn – Harvested – 16 percent this week, 5 percent last week

Cotton – Bolls Opening – 27 percent this week, 13 percent last week

Soybeans – Setting Pods – 95 percent this week, 89 percent last week

Soybeans – Dropping Leaves – 27 percent this week, 17 percent last week

Soybeans – Harvested – 2 percent this week

Tobacco – Topped – 96 percent this week, 91 percent last week

Tobacco – Cut – 63 percent this week, 47 percent last week

FIELD CONDITIONS

Corn – 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 59 percent good and 23 percent excellent

Cotton – 4 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 56 percent good and 13 percent excellent

Soybeans – 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 57 percent good and 12 percent excellent

Tobacco – 5 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 28 percent good and 9 percent excellent

Pasture – 3 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 37 percent good and 6 percent excellent

CATTLE REPORT

Tennessee auction markets this past week were mostly lower for feeder cattle. Feeder steers trended mostly 3.00-6.00 lower from the prior week. Heifers were 3.00-7.00 lower. Feeder bulls followed suit trading mostly 3.00-5.00 lower from the prior week. Slaughter cows were steady to 1.00 lower. Slaughter bulls mostly mostly steady.

STATE AVERAGES

Steers (M&L 1-2) This Week Prior Week Last Year

300-350 lbs 150.85 155.54 177.21

350-400 lbs 147.71 149.16 162.73

400-450 lbs 145.18 149.65 158.97

450-500 lbs 143.77 144.57 155.71

500-550 lbs 139.53 140.61 153.28

550-600 lbs 137.28 139.39 147.05

600-650 lbs 131.51 136.88 141.2

650-700 lbs 133.52 133.72 140.28

700-750 lbs 122.64 131.70 133.54

750-800 lbs 121.52 122.55 134.89

Heifers (M&L 1-2)

300-350 lbs 126.19 129.92 148.98 230.01

350-400 lbs 129.05 125.10 147.86

400-450 lbs 124.85 121.74 138.73

450-500 lbs 122.39 123.90 137.05

500-550 lbs 122.26 119.28 134.15

550-600 lbs 118.52 118.05 130.28

600-650 lbs 113.91 116.50 124.12

650-700 lbs 110.56 113.49 124.34

700-750 lbs 108.24 108.15 119.33

750-800 lbs 103.91 105.94 114.88

WEELY COW SUMMARY

Slaughter Cows Average High Low

Breakers 50.00-65.00 60.00-65.00 50.00-53.00

Boners 51.00-65.00 58.00-77.00 40.00-54.00

Lean 42.00-54.00 33.00-44.00

Slaughter Bulls Average High Low

Yield Grade 1’s 72.00-90.00 85.50-94.00 66.50-76.00

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