South Carolina Field Reports: More Rains – Wheat Quality Concerns

    Sprouting wheat heads pre-harvest. Photo: Clark Neely, Texas AgriLife Extension

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 3, 2018.

    County Comments

    Chris Talley, Anderson County
    Wet conditions in upstate of South Carolina delayed small grain harvest as well as soybean planting. Recent storms and wet conditions have damaged some fields and may result in lower quality wheat in certain areas.

    J. Blake Badger, Williamsburg County
    Continued rains have left many fields with excessive moisture. Producers have been prevented from planting remaining cotton and peanut acreage. The planting of soybeans and grain sorghum have been slowed.

    Kyle Daniel, Georgetown County
    A week of heavy rainfall across the county put a stop on much needed crop plantings. Farmers traded in their planters for shovels last week as ditching tobacco became a priority for most. Some tobacco flopped around the end of the fields. Early planted corn has begun to tassel.

    Hugh B. Gray, Allendale County
    Small grain harvest began at a rapid pace. Growers were concerned about seed sprouting in the grain heads. Cotton and soybeans planting also resumed at a swift pace. Corn is tasseling in many fields. Watermelon growers are struggling to control disease outbreaks in their fields. Sunshine is needed for the next couple of weeks to finalize planting.

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 3.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 4, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 1.27 inches of rain up to 3.31 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 70s to the low 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to the mid 70s.

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