South Carolina Field Reports: Heat Stressing Corn

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 19, 2016.

    County Extension Comments

    Morris Warner, Oconee County
    Dry conditions are beginning to take a toll on crops. Hot weather last week will likely reduce pollination of corn. Soybean planting is progressing well but dry soil conditions are limiting emergence.

    William Hardee, Horry County
    Corn looks excellent. Some soybeans planted in wet fields without seed treatment and showing symptoms of seedling diseases but overall, soybeans look decent. Peanuts are in good shape. Tobacco is showing more and more disease. Black shank has really came on strong in the last week.

    Powell Smith, Lexington County
    Very high temperatures prevailed throughout the midlands this past week. Dryland corn has been very stressed and other non-irrigated crops are showing moisture stress as well.

    Hugh Gray, Allendale County
    A week of blistering temperatures, rapidly growing crops and little rainfall has depleted most available soil moisture. Leaves on older dryland corn were rolling by noon on most days. A good rain is needed soon to prevent loss of crop yield and condition. Small grain harvest is complete. Watermelon, tomato, and peach harvest is continuing. No crop or insect disease problems reported.

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    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s South Carolina Field Office, there were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 19, 2015. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 1.8 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 90s to the mid 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 60s to the low 70s.

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