South Carolina Field Reports: Corn Harvest Nearly Finished, Attention Turns to Peanuts

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 11, 2016.

    County Comments

    Russell Skipper, Horry County
    Tobacco and corn harvest is almost over and this year’s crop looks to be a good one. Cotton, peanuts, and soybeans are in their late stages of production and also appear to be a significant improvement over last year’s crop. 

    Charles Davis, Calhoun County
    Fieldwork resumed in most areas by mid-week. Some peanuts dug due to age and some dug due to spider mite or drought issues. A small amount of cotton defoliated but focus will now be on peanuts.

    Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
    Some peanuts were harvested last week and more were flipped. Fall vegetables are progressing, but need a timely rain to ensure a good crop.

    Andrew Warner, Allendale County
    The rain received from Hurricane Hermine was quickly absorbed into the soil and helped revive drought stressed crops. For the most part all corn was harvested prior to the storm. Peanuts, soybeans, and cotton look great since receiving the needed rain. Peanut harvest has begun and diggers are entering the field. Combining should start in the coming week.

    Herbicide Resistance Info

    Early planted cotton defoliation should start in the next week with most of the bolls starting to open in the lower and mid canopy. Soybeans for the most part are still in the R3 (beginning to pod) to R5 (beginning to seed) growth stages so we have a ways to go until harvest.

    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 11, 2016.  Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 0.1 inches.  Average high temperatures ranged from the low 90s to the mid 90s.  Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to the low 70s.

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