South Carolina: Hot, Dry Conditions Throttle Progress – USDA

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    According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service’s South Carolina Field Office, there were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 16, 2015. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 1.73 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 80s to the low 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 60s to the low 70s.

    County Extension Comments

    Charles Davis, Calhoun County, District 50: “Hot dry conditions continue to throttle crop progress. Early corn harvest of dryland corn show yields to be extremely low. Irrigated corn is much better but not a record setter. Some pollination problems. Cotton is nearing cutout in many fields. Dryland peanuts under heavy stress.”

    Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County, District 50: “Irrigated fall vegetable planting is progressing at a good pace. Most areas are in need of rain. Corn harvest is progressing well.”

    Hugh Gray, Allendale County, District 80: “A week of sunshine and little or no rain has permitted rapid progress in corn harvesting. High temperatures during the week has created a need for rain in some areas. Some cotton is beginning to open. No crop insect or disease problems reported this week.”


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