Georgia Field Reports: Consistent Rains Stall Planting

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 27, 2018.

County Comments

Adam Speir, Madison County
Consistent showers nearly every day this week have halted planting. Oat and ryegrass production may be in jeopardy due to heavy lodging from the storms. Early planted beans are up and hopefully can avoid disease issues.

Jeff Cook, Peach County
Extreme rainfall and lack of sunlight has shut down strawberry production a few weeks early. Planting of all agronomic crops has also come to a halt. Fields planted prior to the rainfall are suffering from waterlogged soil. Fortunately we have not had to run irrigation for the last couple of weeks.

Peyton Sapp, Burke County
The condition of rye, oats, and wheat is deteriorating quickly. Low areas in some corn fields have standing water which is beginning to drown out the corn. Many cotton and peanut fields that have been planted are also experiencing the same thing.

Ronnie Barentine, Dooly County
Farmers are way behind on wheat harvest and on the verge of losing what was a good wheat crop due to rainy weather. Farmers are having a difficult time with post-emergent weed control treatments in cotton, peanuts, and soybeans due to frequent rainfall and cloudy weather.

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 2.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 27, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 0.2 inches of rain to 8.6 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 70s to the high 80s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 60s to the mid 70s.


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