South Carolina Field Reports: Scattered Showers Have Crops Looking Mostly Good

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 18, 2017.

County Comments

Rusty Skipper, Horry County
Corn is looking good in most areas of Horry County. Tobacco farmers are still battling tomato spotted wilt virus, which has left widespread damage. Almost all soybeans are planted and emerged and doing well. 

Kyle Daniel, Georgetown County
Scattered thunderstorms continued to produce ample moisture for significant crop growth, especially in the tobacco crop. Although the crop is way behind, it is making big gains in development, and harvest will begin in two weeks. Corn is stellar; those producers whose crop received rain and pollinated during those upper 50 and lower 60-degree nights could be looking at record dryland yields.

Powell Smith, Lexington County
Rainfall was scattered around the county over the past week, ranging from none to several inches. Some rain came as sudden, severe thunderstorms with seedling washouts and other erosion problems.

Hugh B. Gray, Hampton Count
A week of temperatures in the low 90s and no rain had most crops, especially corn, beginning to suffer. A thundershower provided some relief in the southern half of Hampton County on Friday night. Watermelon harvest entered its second week. No crop insect or disease problems reported during the week. A good soaking rain is needed soon to prevent loss of condition and yield potential of crops. Small grain harvest is now complete, with disappointing yields in most crops.

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 18, 2017.  Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 4.4 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 80s to the mid 90s.  Average low temperatures ranged from the low 60s to the low 70s.

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