South Carolina Field Reports: Hot, Dry Conditions Continue to Stress Crops

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 17, 2016.

    County Extension Comments

    J. Blake Badger, Anderson County
    Dry conditions persist throughout the area. Many producers are expected to reduce inventory due to poor pasture conditions and the lack of available hay.

    Hilda Shelly, Horry County
    Most of Horry County received much needed rain over the weekend. Tobacco harvest is well underway and going very well. Cotton, peanuts, and soybean crops look very good, with soybeans starting to bloom.

    Charles Davis, Calhoun County
    Localized rainfall has relieved some crop stress. Dryland corn has lost some value due to weeks of heat and draught. Irrigated corn crop continues to look fairly good. Showers have kicked cotton and peanuts into a faster growth mode.

    Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
    Rain events have helped crops recover from the heat and drought. Vegetables were suffering from dry conditions in sandy areas of the county. Some fall vegetables have been planted where irrigation was available.

    Hugh B. Gray, Allendale County
    Another week of scorching temperatures and little or no rain in most areas. All dryland crops are struggling to maintain condition and yield potential. Harvest of peaches, watermelons, and tomatoes is complete.

    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s South Carolina Field Office, there were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 17, 2016. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 0.1 inches of rain up to 2.7 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 90s to the low 100s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 60s to the high 70s.

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