Georgia Field Reports: Planting Speeds Along, Small Grains Harvest Begins

    Cotton Planting. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 21, 2017.

    County Comments

    John Scaduto, Rabun County
    Field prep for tomatoes was nearly complete; planting to begin as soon as weather allows. Many had an excellent first cutting of hay due to ample rainfall this spring.

    Susan James, Meriwether County
    First yellow squash and new potatoes were harvested. Strawberries going strong. Second cutting of hay began.

    Raymond Joyce, Laurens County
    Planting of crops continued even though topsoil moisture was low. Crops being irrigated. Small grain harvesting began. Cattlemen still feeding hay to supplement poor grazing conditions.

    Seth McAllister, Terrell County
    The first oats were harvested, and I was really surprised by how good they were. The yield monitor readings were outstanding. Only a few peanut and cotton fields are left to plant. Some cotton was replanted due to skippy stands from cold temperatures two weeks ago and just enough rain to swell the seed but prevent emergence. Peanuts look good other than some Valor and Thimet burn. Earliest planted corn started tasseling and silking. Some common rust was found in corn.

    Tony Barnes, Atkinson County
    We received some much needed rainfall. Cotton and peanuts were planted in most locations, while some producers were waiting on improved soil moisture.

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 21, 2017.  Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 3.0 inches.  Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 70s to the low 90s.  Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 50s to the low 70s.

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