Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 23, 2015.
Henry Dorough, REA, Blount, Calhoun, Jefferson, Marshall and St. Clair Counties.
Rain showers scattered throughout the region were a welcome sight, however, some areas still need significant rain in order to get cool season forages established. There were fewer reports of fall army worms, but increased reporting of significant damage from bermudagrass stem maggot.
Donald Mann, FSA CED, Jackson County.
Additional rain fell over the weekend in Jackson County to go along with what we had last week. The beginning corn yields are looking good.
Jeffrey Smith, FSA CED, Coosa, Elmore, Montgomery, and Tallapoosa Counties.
Corn harvest continues around rain showers. Some areas, such as south Montgomery County and northern Coosa received some much needed rainfall this week.
Don Moore, Autauga Experiment Station, Autauga County.
We’ve gotten a lot of valuable rain this week. Now it can stop.
Charles Simon, CEC, Covington County.
Getting rains here and there.
Willie Durr, CEC, Houston County.
Velvet bean caterpillars have caused some peanut farmers to begin insecticide applications. Stinkbugs are still being sprayed for in cotton. Rainfall has been very scattered in nature. Hope for more uniform rainfall in the coming days.
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Alabama Field Office, there were 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 23, 2015. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 0.65 inches in Montgomery to 4.16 inches in Madison. Average mean temperatures ranged from 79.0°F in Birmingham to 84.0°F in Montgomery.