South Carolina Field Reports: Cotton, Peanut Planting Pick Up Pace

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 6, 2018.

    County Comments

    Matthew Wannamaker, Lexington County
    Corn is progressing; however, more moisture will be needed within the next few weeks as the crop will be nearing the crucial stage of kernel development. Some producers have begun harvesting wheat and cutting hay.

    Jonathan Croft, Orangeburg County
    Cotton and peanut planting picked up pace. Also started seeing pivots running on corn planted on sandier fields. We could use some rain. It has not stopped cotton or peanut planting but another week with no rain and wind will slow planting and have more pivots running.

    Hugh B. Gray, Hampton County
    Warm temperatures caused a loss of most topsoil and some subsoil moisture slowing down cotton and soybeans planting. Peanut planting continued. Small grain and corn crops progressed normally. Small grain crops were beginning to make color change as they progress to maturity. No crop insect or disease problems reported. Rain is needed.

    Rusty Skipper, Horry County
    Dry weather conditions allowed cotton, peanut and soybean farmers to ramp up planting in Horry County. Tobacco and corn crops appeared to be doing well so far with the warmer temperatures.

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 6, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 0.12 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 70s to the mid 80s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 40s to the mid 50s.

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