South Carolina: Rains Benefit Crops but Some Areas Still Stressed – USDA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 20, 2014.


    According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service South Carolina Field Office, there were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 20th, 2014. The State average rainfall for the seven-day period was 1.2 inches. The State average temperature for the week was near the long-term average. Soil moisture ratings for topsoil were reported at 15% very short, 39% short, 45% adequate, and 1% surplus. Soil moisture ratings for subsoil were reported at 16% very short, 36% short, 46% adequate, and 2% surplus.


    “The area received over an inch of rain this week.”
    –Danny Howard, Greenville County, District 10

    “Good rains last week are helping considerably in the peanut, cotton and soybean crop. Peanuts are pegging and cotton blooms are showing up all over the plants. Tobacco harvest is underway and the crop on average is better than it has been in years. Corn is beginning to dry down and the crop is average to a shade above.”
    –Kyle Daniel, Georgetown County, District 30

    “Afternoon rains helped crop conditions in the upper part of Calhoun County.”
    –Charles Davis, Calhoun County, District 50

    “All crops not irrigated are under a drought stress. Peanuts, cotton, and soybeans need both rain and cooler conditions.”
    –Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County, District 50

    “A thunderstorm passed through the county on Tuesday night producing about one-half inch of rain. This rain improved the condition and potential of all crops somewhat but more rain is needed. Peach harvest is continuing. Watermelon and cantaloupe harvest is wrapping up. No insect or disease problems reported this week.”
    –Hugh Gray, Allendale County, District 80

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