Published: November 27, 2012
Harvest season is winding down, and most Tennessee crops have done well this year, despite long spell of hot, dry weather. In fact, many crop yields are exceeding expectations. Tennessee farmers will pick nearly 44 million bushels of soybeans this year, that’s about a 9 % increase from 2011. Cotton production is up as well and tobacco farmers are getting the highest prices for their crop in eight years. It’s a nice finish to a year many in the agriculture industry thought would be a complete bust. Corn and hay harvests suffered, because of a record dry summer. This year’s corn harvest is expected to be Tennessee’s smallest in two decades.