TWRA Continues Updates on WMA Planting

Wednesday, July 07, 2010 | 06:52 am
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is continuing its effort to provide updates on its annual planting of crops for wildlife, including waterfowl areas that have been delayed this year due to the May floods.
Officials report that at Camden Wildlife Management, corn has been planted around blinds 74-77, 112-116, and 101-103. Corn will be planted in the rest of the Triangle fields, the 20s and 30s this week unless prevented by heavy rains.
Big Sandy and Gin Creek WMAs have corn planted around every blind with the exception of blind 9. The flood deposited about three feet of sand in the field at blind 9 making it impossible to plant.
As reported earlier, the pump at Barkley WMA has been repaired and pumping started June 21. The area received about six inches of rain on June 26-27.  The pump will run until the area is dry. As the fields dry, corn will be planted until about July 9 and then millet will be planted in all areas that remain.
The pumps at West Sandy WMA have been broken-down since June 18.  The Tennessee Valley Authority is in the process of repairing the pumps. The area received about three inches of rain last week and the water is rising on the fields that are usually planted with corn.  The prospects for planting corn on this area are bleak at this late date. 
In Middle Tennessee on Cheatham Lake Wildlife Management Area, the TWRA reports that corn planting has been completed in all the duck areas which consist of Dyson’s Ditch, Hudgen’s Slough, Johnson’s Creek, and Pardue Pond Refuge.  
Bush hogging has begun on the levees at Cheatham WMA. After the bush hogging is completed, they will be disked to remove the ruts, gullies and holes and planted in winter wheat and rye.
Due to the flood damage that was sustained, hunters drawn for blind sites will have to build new blinds.
The TWRA will continue to update the status of the WMAs.