Georgia Field Reports: Dryland Crops Hit Hard by Drought

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 22, 2019.

    County Comments

    Keith Mickler, Floyd County
    Extremely dry conditions delayed the applications of fertilizer and pre-emergent herbicides to fall forages. Rain is badly needed. Soybeans were nearly completely defoliated, which is the earliest this reporter has seen.

    Thad Glenn, Stephens County
    Conditions remained extremely dry with no significant rainfall occurring for several weeks. This has put a serious strain on our grazing pastures. Many producers began to feed hay to their herds already, which is very concerning this early in the fall.

    Jeff Cook, Peach County
    Dry weather stopped the peanut harvest and slowed down cotton defoliation. Ponds were drying up. Even irrigated fields began to show signs of drought stress due to the heat and extremely dry conditions. Dryland cotton appeared done for, soybeans began dropping leaves and shedding pods prematurely, and many dryland peanuts will likely not be harvested due to the lack of a crop. Many peanut fields were being watered to facilitate harvesting.

    Ty Torrance, Grady County
    Some areas of the county received rainfall, while others did not. The county remained collectively very dry. While this is the optimal time for planting winter grazing crops, the drought stress prevented those acres from being successfully planted.

    General Comments

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    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 22, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 1.8 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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