According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service’s Alabama Field Office, there were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 19, 2015. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 0.25 inches of rain in Birmingham, to 2.86 inches in Mobile. Average mean temperatures ranged from 85.0°F in Birmingham, to 86.0°F in Montgomery.
Shane Seay, FSA CED, Limestone County: Extreme temperatures are beginning to affect the crops more than the lack of moisture. The area is forecasted to have 100 degrees and higher heat index for the next week to ten days.
Tim Malone, FSA CED, Marion and Winston Counties: Still hot and dry. Crops are hurting and pastures are burning up. We need rain and relief from this heat soon.
Donald Mann, FSA CED, Jackson County: Most of the county received between 0.5 and 1.0 inch of rainfall this week. Moisture is short, but the heat is hurting the corn crop the most. The forecast is calling for thunderstorms this week and rainfall is a must to maintain potential average yields.
Jeffrey Smith, FSA CED, Coosa, Elmore, and Tallapoosa Counties: Dry, hot, and humid for most of the week, with only isolated showers. Most crops could use a rain. The service center did not receive any rain for the week.
-Willie Durr, CEC, Houston County: Dry conditions have caused some concerns regarding crop conditions. Most crops are in need of rainfall desperately, and others will begin to show signs of stress within the week. Some aphids in cotton, some armyworms in peanuts, and some sugarcane aphids have been detected in grain sorghum in the Wiregrass area.