South Carolina Field Reports: Crops Stressed Where Missed by Rains

    Moisture stressed cotton.

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 28, 2019.

    County Comments

    Rusty Skipper, Horry County
    Much needed rainfall and cooler temperatures were very good to Horry County crops; however, the heat and dry weather is expected to return. Cotton, peanuts, and soybeans were beginning to set blooms and will need a steady soaking rain to produce a decent 2019 crop.

    Charles Davis, Calhoun County
    Crop conditions remained mostly the same since the previous week. Cotton appeared to be ahead of schedule. Peanuts progressed nicely. Insect pressure on both crops was at manageable levels. Stinkbug pressure has increased in cotton. The corn crop matured quickly in the high heat.

    Hugh B. Gray, Allendale County
    Hot weather continued with no measurable rainfall. The conditions of cotton, peanuts, and soybeans worsened as the heat and lack of soil moisture took a toll. Fortunately, no dropping of blooms or bolls was observed in cotton. No crop insect or disease problems were reported. Peanut growers were routinely applying fungicide. Field activities were otherwise at a minimum due to the heat and dry soil. Rain is desperately needed in the region to prevent further deterioration of condition and loss of yield potential. Peach harvest was completed for the season.

    General Comments

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    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 29, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 3.36 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 70s to the mid 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 50s to the mid 70s.

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