South Carolina Field Reports: Peanut Harvest Speeds Along, Cotton, Soybeans Soon to Follow

Photo: Doug Mayo, University of Florida

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

County Comments

Kyle Daniel, Georgetown County
A dry week allowed for the defoliation of cotton and the opportunity to dig peanuts. The cotton appears to be average at best with a few isolated fields that may be excellent. Based on fields that have been turned up, peanuts are also average to good. Excessive rainfall has been an issue all year for us along the coast which has negatively impacted yields on all crops except corn.

Rusty Skipper, Horry County
Cotton harvest is underway and soybeans have started to drop leaves in Horry County. Our area received some much needed rain over the weekend and a chance of rain is expected all this week as a cold front approaches.

Jonathan Croft, Orangeburg County
Once the rain passes, harvest of cotton and peanuts should continue throughout the week. Rains would help with planting of winter grazing for cattle.

Hugh Gray, Allendale County
Another week of sunshine, cooler temperatures and no measurable rain until Saturday. Rains from Hurricane Nate filtered in on Saturday stopping fieldwork. Cotton and peanut harvests are continuing at a good pace. Soybean harvest began. No crop insect or disease problems reported. Cotton defoliation applications continue in many areas. A very few growers have completed cotton and peanut harvest. At this point it appears it will be a good year yield-wise for growers.

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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, October 8, 2017. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 2.5 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 80s to the high 60s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 60s to the mid 40s.

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