Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 2, 2017.
Danny Howard, Greenville County
We had cooler weather this week. Slow rains continued.
David Dewitt, Lee County
Some areas in upper Lee and lower Kershaw counties missed the rains, which has some crops suffering from increased heat. Most crops are doing well though.
Rusty Skipper, Horry County
The effects of the tomato wilt virus appear to have slowed as tobacco farmers begin harvesting. This year’s corn crop received timely rains throughout the season and should end up being an above average harvest. Cotton, peanut, and soybean crops appear healthy.
Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
Rain events have been timely, and all crops look really good. Vegetables are doing well, but there are some diseases showing up due to humid conditions.
Hugh B. Gray, Allendale County
Hot temperatures and no rain had soils very dry in many areas. However, thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday nights provided more than an inch of rain in most areas. This improved the condition of all crops. Cotton is now blooming in many fields. Watermelon growers are into their third week of harvest, and harvest is slowing down considerably. Peanut and watermelon growers are maintaining a strict fungicide application schedule. No crop insect or disease reported this week. The peach crop, reduced by frost in the late spring, is wrapping up also. The condition and yield potential of all field crops, especially corn, look promising at this time.
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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 2, 2017. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 0.1 inches of rain to 6.3 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 70s to the low 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 50s to the low 70s.