Georgia Field Reports: Sporadic Rains Delay Harvest

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 15, 2017.

County Comments

Wade Hutcheson, Spalding County
Hot conditions through Sunday. Rain early last week encouraged winter grazing planting to begin. Soybean harvest is slowly starting and producers are starting their last hay cutting. More rain is needed.

Raymond Joyce, Laurens County
Scattered showers occurred during the week. Peanut and cotton harvesting continued. Peanut yields are up from last year. Soybeans dropping leaves and haying continued.

Ty Torrance, Grady County
Sporadic rain is preventing peanut harvest. The weather is also lowering the quality of our cotton because it is already opened. Pecan harvest has been delayed and slow going as well.

Seth McAllister, Terrell County
Slight rains early in the week were significant enough to halt harvest in all areas. Peanuts are slowing down and cotton is in full harvest mode. Many acres have been defoliated but some heavy winds early on put the brakes on our crop dusters for a couple of afternoons. Soybeans really dropped a ton of leaves this week and the crop looks promising. Yield on irrigated peanuts is off from what we were all expecting, but the cotton fared better from the hurricane than originally thought.

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 15, 2017. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no up to 3.9 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 90s to the low 70s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 70s to the low 60s.

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