South Carolina Field Reports: Dry Week, Some Areas Desperately Need Rain

    Wilting cotton from drought, heat stress.

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 30, 2019.

    County Comments

    Rusty Skipper, Horry County
    Dry conditions were starting to impact pretty much all crops in Horry County. Corn crop was not good and much of the tobacco crop is starting to show signs of disease stress (tomato wilt virus). Cotton, peanut, and soybeans need rain if we hope to salvage crop year 2019.

    Charles Davis, Calhoun County
    Quiet week weatherwise. Fieldwork pace has returned to normal. Weed control in cotton and peanuts was the primary concern. Cotton is beginning to bloom so insect control will become a priority over the next weeks.

    Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
    Some areas were in need of a rain. Most crops were progressing well. The industrial hemp is growing, and branching out.

    JoAnne Deer, Allendale County
    Temperatures have been normal, humidity has been mostly high and rainfall at Hilda 0.2 inches June 29 and 1.0 inches Hampton June 23 or 24. Most irrigation has resumed. Fields have dried to allow planting and tending crops except for low wet spots in the fields. No noticeable crop stress yet from lack of rain. Topsoil moisture has allowed late planted crops to emerge.

    General Comments

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    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 30, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 2.06 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 80s to the mid 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 60s to the low 70s.

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