Georgia Fields: Cool and Wet to Hot and Dry

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

County Comments

Steven Patrick, Habersham County
The recent warming trend caused fescue to seed out quickly before putting on much growth. The first hay cutting will be of lower quality and quantity due to the poor weather conditions this spring.

Chris Earls, Treutlen County
Dry weather put a lot of planting on hold, except for some irrigated fields. Tobacco looks okay, despite no rain. Most of the onions are out of the fields, and they should be finished in the next week or so. Pastures are looking okay, but grazing and lack of rain are starting to take their toll.

Seth McAllister, Terrell County
We went from cool and wet to hot and dry very quickly. Planters have been going nonstop in irrigated fields, but dryland farmers are having to wait on a rain because the soil is hard and dry. Many producers in our area are going to have to replant cotton. Cool soils hindered good plant populations at germination for many fields. Other fields had adequate moisture for germination and then lost moisture as the seed sprouted, so the plants died. It has been a crazy spring, but this is perfect dry-down weather for winter grains. We should see harvest begin next week in many fields.

Chris Tyson, Tattnall County
Very dry. We need rain badly. Many are waiting on moisture to plant cotton, peanuts, and soybeans. Onion harvest is progressing rapidly.

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 13, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 1.2 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 70s to the low 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 50s to the mid 60s.

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