Georgia Field Reports: Hot and Dry – Crops Progressing Rapidly

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 24, 2018.

    County Comments

    Cole Moon, Bleckley County
    Heat index has been in the triple digits and have not received any significant rain in over a week. A lot of corn is at roasting ear stage if not past. Peanuts are beginning to peg, and our oldest cotton is squaring and will be blooming soon.

    Peyton Sapp, Burke County
    High temperatures, wind, and the scattered nature of rainfall have contributed to the rapid disappearance of soil moisture in most of the county.

    Seth McAllister, Terrell County
    The rain shut off hard and fast. The last few farmers are scrambling to finish planting just a mere handful of acres and a couple of fields that had to be replanted for various reasons. Soils are drying down fast and pivots are running hard to finish out corn and get fertilizer soaked into the cotton that is being spread.

    Peanuts are really starting to peg now and many cotton fields are squaring as well. Some growth regulators have been put on cotton already. One more good rain event would really help finish our corn crop. This week is also the first week land plaster was put out on any significant acreage of peanuts.

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 24, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from trace amounts of rain to 3.7 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 70s to the high 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 50s to the high 70s.

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