South Carolina: Dry Weather Stressing Some Areas

    According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service’s South Carolina Field Office, there were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 14, 2015. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 0.01 inches of rain up to 2.4 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 80s to the mid 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 60s to the low 70s.

    County Extension Comments

    Charles Davis, Calhoun County, District 50: “High temperatures and limited rainfall have done major damage to the dryland corn crop. Cotton and peanuts are still relatively small and water needs are less. They seem to be faring ok so far, but another week of 100 degrees and no rain will begin to stunt growth.”

    Powell Smith, Lexington County, District 50: “High temperatures were encountered Friday – Sunday with some areas recording 100°F on Sunday.”

    Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County, District 50: “Hot, dry conditions have stressed early, dryland corn and yields have been negatively affected. Cotton is holding its own on dryland, but not growing. Irrigation systems are being used to keep crop progressing on irrigated land. Irrigated vegetables are progressing, but the high heat that we had the last of the week has stressed them also.”

    Hugh Gray, Allendale County, District 80: “A couple of general rains this week relieved dryness in most areas and improved condition of most crops. Harvest of cucurbits, peaches, and tomatoes is continuing. No crop insect or disease problems reported. With scorching temperatures forecasted for the coming week, will need additional rain to maintain current crop condition and growth rate.”

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