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Alabama Field Reports: Corn Harvest Looks Good, Growers Hurrying Ahead of Irma

Ernst Undesser
From USDA September 11, 2017

Alabama Field Reports: Corn Harvest Looks Good, Growers Hurrying Ahead of Irma

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 10, 2017.

County Comments

Tim Malone, Marion County 
Corn harvest is underway and yields are looking very good. Farmers are trying to get as much harvested before the rain from Hurricane Irma gets here. Cotton has the potential to be great, but these cool nights are not good for the bolls that have not yet opened. 

Dan Porch, Blount County 
Producers scrambled to get up late-cut hay before the arrival of Hurricane Irma. Some soybeans are approaching harvest, as is some field corn. The summer vegetable crops harvesting is winding down.

Henry Dorough, Talladega County 
Farmers worked overtime this week to get corn and hay harvested in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, which is forecasted to move through the area. All other farm activities were routine for the week.

Willie Durr, Houston County
Timely rainfall last week, and the prospect of rainfall next week have row crop producers cautiously optimistic. Cotton, peanut, and soybean producers are dealing with insect and disease pressures. Most producers are staying on top of the situation with spray programs. We are starting to see some late April peanuts being dug, and so far so good. Commodity prices continue to be a concern for many Wiregrass producers. 

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Alabama, there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 11, 2017. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 1.82 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 70s to the high 80s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 50s to the high 60s.

Ernst Undesser
From USDA September 11, 2017