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Georgia Field Reports: Hurricane Irma Sends Farmers Into Lockdown

Ernst Undesser
From USDA September 11, 2017

Georgia Field Reports: Hurricane Irma Sends Farmers Into Lockdown

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

County Comments

Brenda Jackson, Murray County 
Hay cutting is ongoing. Growers are attempting to get it done before Irma arrives. 

Trey Gafnea, Jasper County 
Jasper County had a fairly dry week. We already receiving precipitation from Irma on Sunday evening. Irma has caused everyone to bunker down and put their livestock in safe places for the next couple of days.

Ty Torrance, Decatur County 
Whitefly pressure is still extreme. Vegetable crops are full of viruses spread by whiteflies. Some fields are 100% virus infected and will not yield a crop. Peanut digging is under way, but progress has stopped ahead of Hurricane Irma. The pecan crop is extremely vulnerable to heavy winds at this point as the crop are weeks away from harvest.

Seth McAllister, Terrell County
Most of our cotton is ready to defoliate. Many of our dryland peanuts are coming loose in the hull, so they need to be dug in the next few days. However, with Hurricane Irma on the way, we are going to have significant delays, and we will definitely lose yield and quality because of it.

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Whiteflies are still hammering our cotton, and we cannot seem to get them under control. Also our pumpkin crop has been a complete loss from the viruses these whiteflies transmit. The whiteflies have too many plant hosts for adequate control with populations this large.

General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 10, 2017. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 5.4 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 70s to the high 80s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 40s to the low 70s.

Ernst Undesser
From USDA September 11, 2017