Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 22, 2016.
County Extension Comments
William Hardee, Horry County
So far, so good. Moderate temperatures and adequate moisture has been good for the majority of our crops excluding tobacco. Tobacco for the most part looks good but needs higher temperatures and sunshine than we had this past week. Some tomato spotted wilt virus, target spot, and some very early black shank observed in tobacco.
Kyle Daniel, Georgetown County
Little to no rain last week was somewhat of a disappointment for local growers as they were hoping for a refreshing rain as temperature are expected to climb this week. Forecast is for high 80s later in the week so concerns are mounting for the corn crop. As for now crops are doing okay with good subsoil moisture so we will monitor how the week goes weather wise.
Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
Rain events across the area have crops off to a good start. Some farmers are picking squash and string beans. Okra is up and doing well. Some farmers who planted early okra reported that the early plantings did not grow much and got a slow start. Tomatoes are doing well. Some southern peas have been planted and are coming up.
Herbicide Resistance Info
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s South Carolina Field Office, there were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 22, 2016. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 0.9 inches of rain up to 4.4 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 70s to the low 80s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 50s to the mid 60s.