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Farmers report

Corn, soybeans, and wheat were up; cotton was down for the week.

The October WASDE report saw USDA decrease US national average soybean yield 0.5 bu/acre to 49.6 bu/acre, corn yield decreased 0.8 bu/acre to 173 bu/acre, and cotton was decreased 19 lb/acre to 767 lb/acre. The small reductions in yield highlight the dry conditions that many projected would further reduce average yield. However, 2023 yields were highly regionalized, and the impact of the drought was felt by different regions at different times during the production year making national average yield estimates more challenging to project than in most years.


Gardening by the Moon Calendar:


1st – 3rd

Start seedbeds and flower gardens. Good days for transplanting.

Best planting days for fall potatoes, turnips, onions, carrots, beets, and other root crops where climate is suitable.

4th – 8th

Grub out weeds, briars, and other plant pests. Last four days are good harvest days.

9th – 10th

Favorable time for sowing grains, hay, and fodder crops. Plant fl owers. Favorable days for planting root crops.




2023 – 2024 Frost Dates

CITY:                                                 FIRST FALL FROST:                                  LAST SPRING FROST:

Chattanooga                                            11-3-2023                                                         3-31-2024

Knoxville                                                 10-28-2023                                                       4-7-2023

Memphis                                                11-4-2023                                                             3-28-2024

Nashville                                                  10-26-2023                                                        4-10-2324


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