Georgia Field Reports: Crops, Pastures Suffer from Heat, Drought

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 3, 2016.

    County Comments

    Brenda Jackson, Murray and Whitfield Counties
    Drought conditions persisted. Horse and cattle producers had to feed hay. I could see ribs on lactating mares and lactating cows at different farms. 

    Michael Wheeler, Hall County
    Sporadic rains in the county helped where they fell, but still not enough to last us more than a couple of days of soil moisture. Pastures were looking bad, and cattlemen were selling cattle to make their hay stores last as long as possible.

    Stephanie Butcher, Coweta County
    Most cattle producers were already feeding hay. Dry, dry, dry. Large loss of dryland soybeans. Crops without irrigation were in bad shape.

    Pam Sapp, Jefferson County
    Spotty rains provided some relief in areas. Disease pressure appeared to be low in crops.

    Jeremy Kichler, Colquitt County
    Colquitt County received hit or miss rain showers. Peanut growers were starting white mold fungicide programs. Most of the corn had reached dent stage. Cotton was growing well, and some stink bug sprays were going out this week. Watermelon harvest was in full swing.

    Herbicide Resistance Info

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 3, 2016.  Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 0.1 inches of rain up to 2.4 inches.  Average high temperatures ranged from the low 90s to the mid 90s.  Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to the mid 70s.

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