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TENNESSEE CROP AND CATTLE REPORT – MAY 12, 2020

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In West Tennessee cold, wet weather slowed cotton planting progress. Producers worked hard planting corn and soybeans until forced out of fields by severe thunderstorms. Rains of up to 3 inches prevented advancement in field work and delayed hay harvest. In Middle Tennessee, producers delayed setting tobacco and cutting hay because of forecasted freezing temperatures, which were also feared to have caused delays in crop development. Warmer temperatures are needed for pasture and hay crop improvement. Low temperatures likely adversely impacted fruit crops and gardens. In East Tennessee, wheat and barley silage was chopped. Hay was cut under less than desirable drying conditions. Additionally, cold weather and high winds delayed planting and development of vegetables and field crops. There were 3.5 days suitable for field work. Subsoil moisture was rated 61 percent adequate and 39 percent surplus. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 42 percent surplus.

CROP PROGRESS

APPLES (full bloom) – 92 percent this week, 84 percent last week

CORN (planted) – 67 percent this week, 54 percent last week

CORN (emerged) – 44 percent this week, 26 percent last week

COTTON (planted) – 10 percent this week, 4 percent last week

SOYBEANS (planted) – 20 percent this week 14 percent last week

SOYBEANS (emerged) – 6 percent this week

WHEAT (headed) – 92 percent this week, 81 percent last week

CROP CONDITIONS

PASTURE – 1 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 53 percent good and 13 percent excellent

STRAWBERRIES – 6 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 50 percent good and 14 percent excellent

WINTER WHEAT – 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 48 percent good and 14 percent excellent

CATTLE REPORT

Compared to last week, feeder steers and heifers were unevenly steady with moderate demand. Trade was mostly moderate with buyers showing the best interest in long-weaned, preconditioned cattle. Slaughter cows were mostly steady to 2.00 lower, and slaughter bulls were mostly steady.

STATE AVERAGES

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

300-350 lbs 161.36 162.74 172.23

350-400 lbs 155.46 156.40 172.26

400-450 lbs 151.29 147.71 167.10

450-500 lbs 147.19 144.28 162.84

500-550 lbs 139.20 139.71 159.04

550-600 lbs 133.38 138.62 152.15

600-650 lbs 127.48 125.17 143.84

650-700 lbs 119.99 120.11 140.64

700-750 lbs 115.30 111.03 132.78

750-800 lbs 109.48 106.82 129.43

Heifers (M&L 1-2)

300-350 lbs 137.01 132.12 147.35 230.01

350-400 lbs 130.84 134.10 143.89

400-450 lbs 125.74 126.14 142.32

450-500 lbs 122.08 124.07 138.00

500-550 lbs 116.80 118.43 134.80

550-600 lbs 112.23 112.84 129.05

600-650 lbs 108.31 105.82 124.17

650-700 lbs 103.66 101.03 121.79

700-750 lbs 96.56 97.11 114.44

750-800 lbs 97.05 94.77 112.71

WEELY COW SUMMARY

Slaughter Cows Average High Low

Breakers 52.00-64.50 61.00-69.50 45.00-53.50

Boners 50.00-64.50 59.00-69.00 46.00-65.00

Lean 40.00-59.00 56.00-63.00 30.00-45.00

Slaughter Bulls Average High Low

Yield Grade 1’s 77.50-94.00 91.00-102.00 60.00-80.00


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