Georgia Field Reports: Late Week Rains Aid Cover Crops, Pastures

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 12, 2017.

County Comments

Brian Maddy, Troup County 
Fall fertilization is underway. 

Chris Earls, Candler County 
Candler County received some rain that should help with the winter crops and grazing. Onion transplanting started on Monday. The last of the peanuts and cotton will be picked by next week. The livestock looks really good. Calves are being born every day.

Ronnie Barentine, Dooly County 
We got a very good and needed rain this week that will facilitate wheat and cover crop planting. There are only a few peanuts left to pick. We are nearing the end of cotton harvest. Early planted cotton performed the best in Dooly County this year because it was not as impacted by Hurricane Irma and whiteflies.

Seth McAllister, Terrell County
We were super dry until late this week. Luckily, most of the harvest has been wrapped up. Yields on irrigated peanuts were lower than expected across the board. Cotton yields were average, but we had some exceptional dryland fields that got good rains at critical times. Whitefly damage to cotton cost us up to 10 percent of yield in the fields that neglected to treat on time. If it were not for Hurricane Irma, it would have been much worse. The pecan crop was exceptional, and yield made up for the losses from Irma. 

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 12, 2017. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 2.4 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 50s to the high 70s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 40s to the high 50s.

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