South Carolina Field Reports: Corn Harvest Continues, Crops Stressed

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 18, 2019.

    County Comments

    Koty Roberts, Horry County
    Most of Horry County received much-needed rainfall over the weekend, which will hopefully help the peanut, soybean, and cotton crops. Tobacco harvest was in full swing with disease apparent. Corn harvest continued with varied yields.

    Adam Gore, Abbeville County
    Cattle farmers reported a weak second cutting of hay with several farmers on their third cutting. Pastures were still supporting livestock, yet many farmers reported being on the verge of having to feed hay. The county needs a good soaking rain.

    Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
    Hot, dry weather affected all crops. Some cotton and peanuts showed signs of drought stress. Industrial hemp still looked good. Farmers were getting land ready for fall vegetable production.

    Hugh B. Gray, Allendale County
    Another week of scorching temperatures and little to no rain continued to stress fruiting crops. Condition and yield potential continued to decline. Cotton, distressed by heat and dry conditions, opened quickly. Two rain showers on Saturday and Sunday afternoons brought temporary relief to some areas. Corn harvest continued. Two dryland growers reported their yields were devastatingly low.

    General Comments

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    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 18, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 7.8 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 80s to the high 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 60s to the high 70s.

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