Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending March 16, 2014.
General: According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service’s Georgia Field Office, there were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, March 16, 2014. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 0.5 inches rain up to 5.6 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 60’s to the mid 70’s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 30’s to the high 40’s.
County Extension Comments
“Extremely cold winter. Hay quality from last year was bad so with the cold winter a lot of cows and other grazing animals will be happy to see grass grow. We are having the usual cold snaps. We had some great rain yesterday and overnight so ground is soaked now. Very difficult to get spring fertilizer out right now.”
–Gregory Bowman, Gordon County, District 10
“Excessive moisture continues to delay corn planting. Very little corn has been planted thus far.”
–Wade Parker, Jenkins County, District 60
“Wheat looks good. We have powdery mildew in fields, but no signs of rust. Corn planting is beginning, but field conditions are not suitable for planting as of now with rain.”
–Andrew Sawyer, Thomas County, District 80
“Rye and wheat look good, no major disease or insect problems. Soil temperatures almost warm enough for planting corn.”
–Andy Shirley, Ben Hill County, District 80