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South Carolina Field Reports: Drier Conditions Speed Harvest Towards Close

Ernst Undesser
From USDA November 21, 2017

South Carolina Field Reports: Drier Conditions Speed Harvest Towards Close

Photo: Alabama Cooperative Extension

Crop Progress and Conditions for the Week Ending November 19, 2017.

General Comments

Kyle Daniel, Georgetown County
Much drier field conditions have allowed for major progress in fieldwork. Peanut harvest is winding down with fair to good yields. Soybean harvest is ramping up with good to excellent yields. Cover crops are being planted as well as the wheat crop.

Charles Davis, Calhoun County
Shorter days and heavy dew have limited harvest hours.

Matthew Wannamaker, Lexington County
The cotton and peanut harvest is nearing completion. The soybean harvest continues. In most areas, producers reported that hay cuttings had average to above-average yields for this year, with some exceptions.

Hugh B. Gray, Allendale County
Chilly mornings and moderate afternoons allowed harvesting to continue at a good pace. With another week of good progress, harvesting should be wrapped up for this year. No measurable rain fell this week, but a couple of overcast and misty mornings slowed the start of harvesting for most growers. Allendale County has not had a killing frost yet, but there have been some minor frosts. We are about a week past the historical average date for a killing frost. A few growers are continuing to plant some wheat, but there is little interest in small grains here this fall.

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 19, 2017. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 0.8 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 50s to the high 60s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 30s to the mid 40s.

Ernst Undesser
From USDA November 21, 2017