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Event Drought
State TENNESSEE
County/Area LAWRENCE
WFO OHX
Report Source Newspaper
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2007-06-01 00:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2007-06-30 23:59:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage
Episode Narrative The Tennessee State Department of Agriculture has estimated the crop loss in the 100's of millions of dollars. Death of tissue is still progressing. The heat has increased the death process. Loss of inventory or sales will result in buyers going elsewhere. Tennessee may not recover from all of this for 5 to 8 years. Seed on trees have been killed, and this has limit replanting; dogwoods have lost 3 yrs out of their cycle.
Older dogwood trees are stressed but living at the moment. A lack of moisture, with a deficit of 12 inches, coupled with record heat at the moment, has stressed out vegetation. There is little irrigation potential across board.
The drought was in full swing by Mid-March, and by the end of June, many locations are running at least 10 inches below normal rainfall. All of Middle Tennessee has been classified in a drought with the southern tier of counties classified in a Severe Drought.
Cherry Creek Nursery in Cookeville has seen 40% of trees planted this spring die from lack of water. Cherry Creek Nursery lost one million dollars worth of Japanese maple trees to the late spring hard freeze. A vegetable farmer in Ridgetop, TN has been running pumps to move water to his fields for 16-hour days. This costs $300-500 a week. Some hard hit crops are winter wheat and hay, soybeans and tobacco. The first half of 2007 may be among the top five driest ever recorded in Middle Tennessee. The driest year was in 1941.
Many farmers are buying hay from other farmers at 3 times the normal price. Corn production was down 50 percent in Sumner County. Forage hay is 1/3 of what it should be. The poor hay production has affected the state's livestock sector. Poor pasture conditions and reduced hay production has caused farmers to sell off part of their herds.
State Department of Agricultural Commissioner Ken Givens said hay production is down 50-80 percent, and three-fourths of the state's pasture last week were rated in bad condition. The growth of soybeans and corn has been stunted.
Winter wheat yield is projected to be one half of last year's record yield, which brought in $42.6 million.
So far, agricultural losses in Coffee County has reached $10 million since the beginning of the drought.
Commercial wineries will have to rely on imported grapes. The late spring hard freeze and drought has dried up locally grown grapes. About 30 commercial wineries produce between $7 and $8 million of wine each year, but the University of Tennessee's plant sciences professor David Lockwood expects an 80% crop loss this year.
On June 15, all Tennessee Counties were designated primary disaster areas because of losses caused by the drought. This would make qualified farm operators eligible for a low-interest emergency loans.
Event Narrative Drought impacting crops. See details in episode narrative.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 10.305M
JACKSON (ZONE) JACKSON (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OVERTON (ZONE) OVERTON (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MARSHALL (ZONE) MARSHALL (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SUMNER (ZONE) SUMNER (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STEWART (ZONE) STEWART (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SMITH (ZONE) SMITH (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DAVIDSON (ZONE) DAVIDSON (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PUTNAM (ZONE) PUTNAM (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 300.00K
PERRY (ZONE) PERRY (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MONTGOMERY (ZONE) MONTGOMERY (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MAURY (ZONE) MAURY (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHEATHAM (ZONE) CHEATHAM (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HUMPHREYS (ZONE) HUMPHREYS (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COFFEE (ZONE) COFFEE (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 10.000M
CLAY (ZONE) CLAY (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TROUSDALE (ZONE) TROUSDALE (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 5.00K
PICKETT (ZONE) PICKETT (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRUNDY (ZONE) GRUNDY (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WILSON (ZONE) WILSON (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RUTHERFORD (ZONE) RUTHERFORD (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LEWIS (ZONE) LEWIS (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LAWRENCE (ZONE) LAWRENCE (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ROBERTSON (ZONE) ROBERTSON (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOUSTON (ZONE) HOUSTON (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CUMBERLAND (ZONE) CUMBERLAND (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WILLIAMSON (ZONE) WILLIAMSON (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GILES (ZONE) GILES (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WAYNE (ZONE) WAYNE (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BENTON (ZONE) BENTON (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WHITE (ZONE) WHITE (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HICKMAN (ZONE) HICKMAN (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FENTRESS (ZONE) FENTRESS (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DICKSON (ZONE) DICKSON (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DEKALB (ZONE) DEKALB (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CANNON (ZONE) CANNON (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BEDFORD (ZONE) BEDFORD (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WARREN (ZONE) WARREN (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
VAN BUREN (ZONE) VAN BUREN (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MACON (ZONE) MACON (ZONE) TN 06/01/2007 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 10.305M