South Carolina Field Reports: Corn Planting Nearly Finished, Turning to Cotton, Peanuts

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    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 22, 2018.

    County Comments

    Kyle Daniel, Georgetown County
    Transplanting of tobacco has been slow due to high wind conditions and cool temperatures. Blowing sand takes a toll on those tender greenhouse plants. Heavy rain is expected so that will halt setting as well for at least a couple of days. Most of the corn crop is up but growth is slow. Producers are gearing up to plant cotton, peanuts and soybeans soon.

    J. Blake Badger, Williamsburg County
    Recent rains have provided much needed moisture for emergence and planting. Rains were varied throughout the county. Continued rainfall is needed to correct deficiencies before the hot weather sets in. Corn is emerging nicely and planting of other crops is accelerating.

    Hugh B. Gray, Allendale County
    Some areas need rain. The corn crop is progressing well as is the small grains of rye, wheat and oats. Peanut planting began this week. Cotton planting may begin next week. No insect or disease problems in crops reported this week.

    Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
    Soil moisture is short in most areas. Cool day and night temperatures are holding spring vegetables progress back. Most farmers have the corn crop planted, and off to a good start. Burn down operations for other row crops is progressing at a good pace.

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 22, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 0.05 inches of rain up to 2.81 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 60s to the high 70s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 30s to the low 50s.

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