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

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    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.

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