Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 8, 2015.
County Extension Comments
Hilda Shelley, Horry County, District 30
“Excessive moisture is causing major problems for Horry County farmers. Fields standing in water are too wet for equipment when soybean, peanut, and cotton harvest should be in full swing.”
Charles Davis, Calhoun County, District 50
“Rain, rain, rain. Field conditions are terrible. No field activities performed last week. Cotton and peanut quality in the field continues to decline. Additional rain over the weekend will continue this decline.”
Hugh Gray, Allendale County, District 80
“The area received only one day of sunshine this week along with six inches of rain during the week. Very little if any fieldwork or harvesting was done. Six of the seven days this week were heavily overcast or raining. Cotton and peanuts that have been dug up are rapidly losing condition and grade. Cotton seed are sprouting on the stalk due to warm conditions and excess moisture. Our growers are in desperate straits for completing a timely harvest and maintaining a quality yield.”
Marion Barnes, Colleton County, District 80
“Last week another 4 to 6.5 inches of rainfall was received in Colleton and surrounding counties. Field conditions are saturated. Soil will not support equipment and drying conditions are poor.”
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s South Carolina Field Office, there were 2.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 8, 2015. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 1.31 inches of rain up to 5.75 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to the high 70s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 50s to the mid 60s.