Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 15, 2018.
Matthew Wannamaker, Lexington County
Most of the corn is planted and emerging. Strawberry harvested and u-pick is active. Some peach producers reported cooler weather damaged early blooms. Rain is needed badly in most areas of the county.
Jonathan Croft, Orangeburg County
Corn planting continued and should wrap up in the next few days. Burndown and pre-plant herbicide applications for cotton and peanuts continued. Expect planting to start late this month if weather continues to warm up.
Hugh Gray, Allendale County
Corn planting wrapped up this week as growers prepared for peanut planting. All crops are progressing well. No crop insect or disease problems reported. All small grains have headed out. Watermelon planting completed this week. Corn acreage appears to be slightly less than usual.
Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
Warmer weather conditions have allowed crops to progress. Farmers are still planting some of the early spring vegetables. Soil moisture is short in the sandy areas.
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 15, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 2.35 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 60s to the mid 70s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 30s to the low 50s.