Alabama: Planting Pushes Ahead in Spite of Mid-week Rains – USDA

    According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service’s Alabama Field Office, there were 4.1 days suitable for field work for the week ending Sunday, May 18, 2014. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 0.37 inches of rain in Mobile to 3.40 inches in Haleyville. Average mean temperatures ranged from 63.8°F in Haleyville to 68.9°F in Mobile. Our corn received a much needed rain this week. Cotton planting was finished. Wheat is looking good and showing signs of maturing. – Tim Malone, FSA CED, Marion, Winston Counties.

    Rainfall and cooler temperatures prevailed most of the week limiting field work. The rainfall has been beneficial by boosting grazing in most pastures. – Henry Dorough, ACES REA, Etowah, Marshall, St. Clair Counties.

    Although pastures and hayfields are extremely wet, the added moisture will help with the second cutting of hay and keep pasture growth in great shape. – Jack Tatum, ACES REA, Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Lee, Randolph, Shelby, Talladega, Tallapoosa Counties.

    Much needed rain fell last Wednesday. Hay harvest has started. – Donald Mann, FSA CED, Jackson County.

    Crops and pastures look good. – Marie Headley FSA CED, Bibb, Perry Counties. Randolph and Clay counties both recorded a little over an inch of rain this past week. Cattle prices remain great. – Carol Gay, FSA CED, Clay & Randolph Counties.

    Heavy rain again delayed cotton and soybean planting this week. – Jeffery Smith FSA CED, Coosa, Elmore, Tallapoosa Counties.

    Continuous heavy rainfall has made planting conditions very difficult. The open forecasts for the next two weeks have farmers eager to enter the fields and plant. We should finally be able to cover some significant acreage in the next 10-14 days. – Brandon Dillard, ACES REA, Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Pike Counties.

    Heavy rains delaying field work. – Jimmy Smitherman, ACES CEC, Montgomery County. Recent rains have left the ground in Conecuh County super saturated. – Carolyn Bradley, FSA PT, Conecuh County. Monroe County received 5 to 8 inches of rain since last Friday. Producers are unable to get in the field causing delayed planting for cotton, peanuts and soybeans. – Karen McDonald, FSA CED, Monroe County.

    Still having excess rain… 8″ flash flooding in areas especially in the southeastern part of the county. – Karin Knowles, FSA CED, Covington County.

    Received a surplus of rain. Haven’t seen any hay cut. – Charles Simon, ACES CES, Covington County.

    Rain has slowed progress in plantings. – James Jones, Jr., ACES CEC, Henry County.

    Row crop farmers are behind in planting peanuts and cotton. Cattle condition is improving with warm temperatures and rainfall. Some cattlemen have fertilized pastures ahead of heavy rainfall thus causing fertilizers to be washed away. – Willie Durr, ACES CEC, Houston County.

    For More Information: Alabama Crop Weather

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