Georgia Field Reports: Rains Bring Needed Moisture, Planting Delays

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    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 22, 2016.

    County Comments

    Adam Speir, Madison County
    We had the first considerable rainfall in many weeks over several days. Immediate response in pastures and bermudagrass hayfields. Early planted soybeans benefited as well. Wheat, oats, and rye should be ready for harvest in a week or two.

    Trey Gafnea, Jasper County
    Some of the early birds were able to obtain a second cutting of ryegrass hay. Three days of well needed rain caught some fresh cut hay and freshly rolled bales in the field.

    Peyton Sapp, Burke County
    Rains have brought all field work to a halt. It is too early to tell how the rainy conditions will effect the wheat and oat harvest. Growers are anxious as there are still quite a few acres of peanuts and cotton to be planted.

    Mark von Waldner, Coffee County
    Irrigation of corn, and planting of peanuts and some soybeans. No disease issues yet. Thrip numbers are increasing. Some cotton will have to be sprayed. Tomato spotted wilt virus in tobacco but no black shank yet, but concern for blue mold with this weekend rain event. Applying fertilizers and pesticides.

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 22, 2016. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 0.3 inches of rain up to 6.2 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 70s to the mid 80s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 50s to the high 60s.

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