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South Carolina: Corn Harvest 82% Complete – US-DA

Ernst Undesser
From USDA September 23, 2013

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 22, 2013.

GENERAL

The majority of the week was filled with warm, breezy days and cool fall-like nights, which allowed harvesting activities to proceed with few interruptions. Scattered showers over the weekend were a welcomed and needed sight, as conditions have been very dry and the lack of rain was beginning to cause delays in fall plantings. Soil moisture ratings were reported at 5% very short, 53% short, 41% adequate and 1% surplus. There was a statewide average of 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork across South Carolina.

        
         

FIELD CROPS

CORN harvest continued at a steady pace and by the end of the week, 82% of the crop was harvested, still lagging behind last year and the five-year average, which were 93% and 92%, respectively. COTTON bolls were 97% set, compared to 99% set last year and 100% set for the five-year average. By the end of the week, 44% of the bolls were open, slightly behind last year’s 51% but still well behind the five-year average percentage of 67%. Conditions were 6% very poor, 11% poor, 45% fair, 36% good, and 2% excellent.

The overall condition of the PEANUT crop was 1% very poor, 4% poor, 23% fair, 68% good, and 4% excellent, with 13% of the crop harvested by week’s end, on target with last year’s pace and the five year average. SOYBEANS were 96% bloomed, slightly behind last year’s 97% and the five-year average of 99%. By the end of the week, 15% of the crop had turned color, compared to 21% and 20% for last year and the five-year average, respectively. The overall condition of the crop was 1% very poor, 6% poor, 40% fair, 51% good, and 2% excellent.

TOBACCO harvest was 97% complete by the end of the week, 2% behind last year and 1% behind the five-year average.

WINTER GRAZINGS planting was 19% complete, ahead of both last year’s pace and the five-year average which were 16% and 18%, respectively.

OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST

LIVESTOCK conditions for the week were 1% poor 17% fair, 80% good, and 2% excellent. PASTURE conditions decreased slightly to 1% poor, 22% fair, 76% good, and 1% excellent.

Ernst Undesser
From USDA September 23, 2013