South Carolina Field Reports: Cotton, Peanuts Need Rain for Planting
Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 16, 2017.
Glenn Thomas, Spartanburg County
Although areas of Spartanburg County received some much needed rainfall, we are still in a drought situation. Pastures turned green, but there is not much growth.
Additional rainfall is needed very soon to make a hay crop and encourage growth in pastures. Small grains in many areas look good at this time.
Charles Davis, Calhoun County
Corn planting continues toward completion. Burndown has begun ahead of cotton and peanut planting.
Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
Corn is up and growing. Some farmers planted squash and other vegetables last week.
Zack Snipes, Beaufort County
Tomatoes are slightly behind as the wind and cold last month battered them. They are pulling out of stress and growing well now. Most squash, melons, and beans are planted.
Hugh B. Gray, Allendale County
A week of sunshine, warm temperatures, and no rain permitted completion of corn planting. Everything has greened up, which is removing soil moisture. Some areas need a rain. Many cotton and peanut growers are having to wait for rain before starting their planting. No crop insect or disease problems reported this week. Peach and small grain production will be significantly reduced due to a freeze in March.
Herbicide Resistance Info
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 16, 2017. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 0.7 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 50s to the mid 80s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 40s to the high 50s.
The bulls were again winners in an exciting week for longs and producers. In last week’s report, I said the markets bias would be near unchanged to a bit lower.