South Carolina Field Reports: Corn Planting Nearly Finished, Cotton Begins

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 1, 2016.

County Extension Comments

Kyle Daniel, Georgetown County
Tobacco transplanting is completed. Producers are now concentrating on planting cotton, peanuts, and soybeans. Corn is growing well with the warm temperatures.

Powell Smith, Lexington County
After several weeks of extremely dry weather, rain fell throughout the county on Saturday and Sunday. More is predicted for the coming week. Emerging field crops on sandy soils had been suffering. Vegetable crops had been irrigated already in response to the dry weather.

Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
Spring vegetables are progressing well. Thunder showers on Sunday May 1, gave dry soils much needed moisture. Corn is progressing at a good pace. Some livestock farmers were able to bale oats before any rain events.

Hugh Gray, Allendale County
This was a week with plenty of sunshine and little, if any rain. Corn responded well to the sunshine and is progressing well. With the high temperatures, sunshine, and rain, the small grain crop is progressing quickly to maturation. Small grains have changed color from green to brown. Peaches are progressing well and pest controls are being applied routinely. Watermelons are progressing well. No crop of disease problems reported. Soils are getting dry and rainfall is needed.

General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s South Carolina Field Office, there were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 1, 2016.  Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 2.5 inches.

Average high temperatures ranged from the low 80s to the low 90s.  Average low temperatures ranged from the high 50s to the mid 60s.

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