South Carolina Fields: Drought – Planting, Crop Stress

Drought damaged, heat stressed corn. Photo: Clemson University

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

County Comments

Hugh B. Gray, Hampton County
With the heads of small grain filling during this period of short soil moisture, yields may be reduced. Dry soils are stalling planting of cotton and soybeans in many areas. Those farms with irrigation assets are running them every day. No crop insect or disease problems reported this week. Rain is desperately needed.

Charles Davis, Calhoun County
Short soil moisture diverted some planting to better soils. High temperatures began to affect corn in dryland fields. Most cotton and peanut plantings under irrigation were watered up.

Kyle Daniel, Georgetown County
Warmer than normal temperatures and dry conditions allowed producers a full week of field activities as planting of cotton, peanut, and soybeans continued. Tobacco is beginning to grow off well. Inadequate topsoil moisture to germinate newly planted crops has been a concern for some farmers.

Rusty Skipper, Horry County
Dry and hot weather are starting to affect area crops. Cotton, peanut, and soybean planting has slowed as farmers wait for much needed rain.

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 13, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 1.21 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 80s to the low 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 50s to the low 60s.

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