According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service’s Alabama Field Office, there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 2, 2015. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain in Rock Mills to 1.43 inches in Birmingham. Average mean temperatures ranged from 81.0°F in Haleyville to 86.0°F in Montgomery.
Tim Malone, FSA CED, Marion and Winston Counties: Still needing rain and cooler weather.
Henry Dorough, REA, Blount, Calhoun, Jefferson, Marshall, and St. Clair Counties: A few showers dropped a little rain in some areas of the region. Most locations remain extremely dry. Armyworm outbreaks have occurred in the region resulting in spraying and early harvest of hay fields. Bermudagrass stem maggot reports are widespread with significant damage reported.
Donald Mann, FSA CED, Jackson County: The heat and dry weather are really hurting the cotton, soybeans and pastures. Soybeans and cotton must have rain this week to maintain average yield potential.
Jeffrey Smith, FSA CED, Coosa, Elmore, Montgomery and Tallapoosa Counties: Only isolated showers this week. Hot and dry for the most part. Irrigation systems running on cotton. Corn is drying down, harvest should begin in a few weeks.
Don Moore, Autauga Experiment Station, Autauga County: The afternoon showers have been a welcome relief to the extremely hot temperatures.
Willie Durr, CEC, Houston County: Seeing infestation of worms on peanuts and cotton requiring some control measures. Stink bug control continues on cotton. Early season vegetables have wrapped up. Second season growth is slowed due to excessive heat. A good, uniform rainfall is needed throughout the area.