Georgia Field Reports: Corn Planting Nearing Finish, Early Cotton, Peanuts Begin

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 15, 2018.

County Comments

Roger Gates, Whitfield County
A mostly dry week was beneficial for fieldwork. Continued cool temperatures kept pasture growth slow. Low soil temperatures precluded planting of warm-season annual forages.

Brent Allen, Washington County
Heading of small grains showed more freeze damage than originally expected. Oats showed significant barley yellow dwarf virus symptoms. Growers saw very good germination of corn. Pastures were growing and looking better, but they were still on the short side because of the cold weather.

Andrew Warner, Seminole County
Producers saw a lot of lodging in small grains. Corn was looking great, and most was at the V5-V6 stage of growth. Early planted cotton and peanuts were emerging; planting should really pick up after the cold front passes.

Joshua Grant, Crisp County
Some powdery mildew was found in wheat. Corn and watermelon planting was ending. A few areas of gummy stem blight were found in watermelon. A rain event on Sunday dropped a couple inches of precipitation.

Ashley Hoppers, Liberty County
Considerable rainfall on Sunday caused flash flooding in low areas and overly saturated fields.

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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, April 15, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 2.4 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 50s to the high 70s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 30s to the high 50s.

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