Alabama Fields: Dry – Planting Where Able

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Crop Progress and Conditions for the Week Ending May 13, 2018.

County Comments

Willie Durr, Houston County
Peanuts are being planted at a higher rate than cotton at this time. Cattleman are getting the weedy hay out ahead of fertilizing and rain.

Allie Corcoran, Barbour County
Dry conditions continued across the county. Many farmers who have pivots started irrigation on corn. Some started irrigating to help cotton emerge. Rain is needed. Planting continues as moisture is available.

Anthony Wiggins, Baldwin County
Extreme dry conditions had pastures in poor shape and caused many row crop farmers to halt planting of crops. Many cattle producers are having to feed hay.

Henry Dorough, Talladega County
A much drier and warmer week provided ideal conditions for farm activities. Rain is needed for growing conditions to remain favorable.

Jeffrey Smith, Elmore County
Cotton and soybean planting still ongoing. Moisture is becoming an issue with no significant rain. Fields are dry and dusty; non-irrigated corn need rain for side dress; emerging cotton need moisture badly. Pastures dry.

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Alabama, there were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 13, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 0.02 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 80s to the low 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 50s to the high 60s.

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