South Carolina Field Reports: Rains Recharge Soils, Delay Planting

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

County Comments

Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
Heavy rain left many fields too wet to work. Due to rain and humidity, farmers will need to be on the lookout for diseases affecting vegetable crops. Some areas are under water and will need to be replanted.

Rusty Skipper, Horry County
Most of Horry County received much needed rain over the weekend from subtropical storm Alberto. Soybean planting will come to a halt for now as rain is expected to continue through the week.

Charles Davis, Calhoun County
Continued heavy rainfall severely affected planting and spraying operations. Weed control has been delayed in order to try and get crops planted.

Matthew Wannamaker, Lexington County
Crops experienced rapid growth spurred by rain showers scattered throughout the county. Some producers have not finished planting cotton that was double cropped with wheat. Wheat harvest was stalled due to rainfall.

Hugh B. Gray, Allendale County
Fieldwork was at a standstill for most planting due to rainfall. However, rain improved the condition of corn and pastures. The start of small grain harvest was delayed and all the rain is beginning to affect kernel quality. No insect or disease problems reported.

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 27, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 5.78 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 70s to the mid 80s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to the low 70s.


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