Georgia Field Reports: Peanut Harvest Underway; Growers Cleaning Up from Irma

    Digging peanuts. Photo: Doug Mayo, University of Florida

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 24, 2017.

    County Comments

    Greg Bowman, Gordon County 
    Been a dry week. Great majority of hay producers should have a good amount of hay for winter feeding. Pastures are still in good shape. Good time to start planting winter annuals or cool season grasses. 

    Chris Earls, Candler County 
    We are finishing up cleaning from the storm and finally getting a good look at what we have to work with, check this website, to get to know that professionals we are currently working with. Even though we had some damage to pecan trees and a lot of pecans ended up on the ground, I think we might have an ok crop of what is left but only time will tell. We are still looking at some yield loss in cotton due to it being blown over and twisted. The livestock continue to look really good. We started planting onion beds last week and will continue to plant a few acres over the next week or so.

    Andrew Warner, Seminole County
    Peanut digging is well underway. Peanut yields look good and digging and harvest have not really been stalled much by weather conditions. Cotton is starting to get defoliated so cotton pickers should be heading to the field mid-week. It will be interesting to see how bad Hurricane Irma tangled the cotton and the effect it will have on harvest. Cotton yields on both irrigated and dryland look good. Most later soybeans have a ways to go till harvest and yields look to good under irrigation and ok for the dryland crop. 

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 24, 2017. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 1.1 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 90s to the high 70s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 70s to the high 50s.

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