South Carolina Field Reports: Heat Stressing Crops – Wheat Harvest Finished

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

    County Comments

    Richard A Geddings, Sumter County
    Lack of rain and very high temperatures with low humidity have stressed dryland corn. Wheat harvesting has been completed and some producers are still in the process of planting soybeans. General rainfall is needed very soon. Most of the fruits and vegetable crop under irrigation is looking fair. The need for rain has caused the crop condition and yield potential to slip a little in corn, hay, and pastures.

    Rusty Skipper, Horry County
    Hot and dry conditions are taking a toll on Horry County crops, especially corn which is in the silking stage. Hopefully, the area will receive some much-needed rain soon.

    Matthew Wannamaker, Lexington County
    In some areas of the county, crops received a boost from scattered rain showers. Widespread showers are needed to sustain dryland crops and provide assistance to irrigated lands. With the exception to some wheat double-cropped acreage, most of the soybean crop is planted

    Hugh B. Gray, Allendale County
    Rain is desperately needed. Dryland corn suffered from rolled leaves most of the day. Other crops are progressing well. No crop insect or disease problems reported.

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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, June 24, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 2.51 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 90s to the low 80s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to the mid 70s.

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