Georgia Field Reports: Peanut Harvest Takes Off, Cotton Expected to Pick Up

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 8, 2017.

County Comments

Heather Kolich, Forsyth County
Conditions continued hot and dry until the fallout from Hurricane Nate brought a few sprinkles on Saturday and over 2 inches of rain on Sunday.

Bobby Solomon, Talbot County
Drought conditions county-wide are preventing planting of winter grazing for livestock producers and hay inventory is depleting.

Chris Earls, Candler County
Everything is looking good, just trying to get it out of the field. Some began planting winter crops and onion beds are looking great. The livestock look pretty good on top of everything else.

Andrew Warner, Seminole County
Peanut and cotton harvest are moving along well in Seminole County. Peanuts are looking good but dryland maturity was stalled from a dry spell. Cotton defoliation was happening last week and pickers are moving to the fields.

Joshua Grant, Crisp County
Some peanut fields were plowed early before this weekend due to concerns about Hurricane Nate. Overall, peanuts appear to be earlier than expected. Aerial defoliation of cotton is underway and the two local gins have been up and running for about a week.

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending October 8, 2017. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 2.2 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 90s to the mid 70s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 70s to the mid 50s.

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