Georgia Field Reports: Rains Aid Dry Fields

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 20, 2018.

    County Comments

    Frank Hancock, Henry County
    Two weeks of hay cutting weather followed by rain has stalled completion of first hay cutting. Overseeded hay fields with oats, wheat, or rye are now maturing and hay quality for the final stages of the first cutting will have lower quality.

    Chris Earls, Treutlen County
    We finally got some rain, and it was a fair amount. Planting will be in full swing next week and we will see what the effects of the rain are next week. There may be field or two of unharvested onions, but not many. The tobacco looks good, especially after the rain. The livestock look great due the pastures now green instead of wilting.

    Peyton Sapp, Burke County
    Peanut and cotton planting have stopped due to wet conditions. Rain and wet conditions have started to affect wheat, oats, and rye. Some growers have not been able to make side dress fertilizer applications to corn.

    Jeremy Kichler, Colquitt County
    Rain over the last week has made a challenge in herbicide applications in cotton and peanuts. Corn is progressing at a fast rate. Growers are trying to plant dryland fields if they received rain. Rain is making small grain harvest a challenge.

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 20, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 7.3 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 80s to the low 70s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 70s to the mid 50s.

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