South Carolina Field Reports: Farmers Rush to Finish Corn Harvest

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 10, 2017.

County Comments

Danny Howard, Greenville County
Greenville County received cooler weather and some rain. The apple harvest began.  

Rusty Skipper, Horry County 
The tobacco harvest has all but wrapped up, and the corn harvest is at a feverish pace ahead of Hurricane Irma. Cotton, peanut, and soybean crops have already been saturated by heavy rain this week from a passing cold front, and additional moisture from Irma would not be beneficial for these crops at this stage in the growing season.

Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
Some corn has yet to be harvested, but most of the crop is in. Some peanuts have been dug. Fall greens transplanting is in full progress. Fall squash in the area appears to have the silver leaf virus, but other than that, fall vegetables appear to be in good shape.

Charles Davis, Calhoun County 
Farmers are rushing to complete corn harvest ahead of Hurricane Irma. Some peanuts are being dug early because of advanced maturity and anticipation of heavy rains from Irma.

Hugh B. Gray, Allendale County
No measurable rain fell in Allendale or Hampton County this week. Peanut growers are leaving their crop in the ground until after Hurricane Irma passes. 

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 10, 2017. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 2.8 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 70s to the low 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 50s to the mid 60s.

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