Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 8, 2018.
Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
Rain events kept soil moisture at good levels this week. Most crops are doing well, but some corn was hurt during a dry spell earlier in the season.
Charles Davis, Calhoun County
Crops are progressing well despite high temperatures. Scattered showers and storms have managed to keep soil moisture levels tolerable in most places. Some dry pockets still exist but generally, most farms received rain showers last week. Early planted corn is moving toward maturity and older cotton is blooming well. Cotton square shedding is at a minimum at this point. Peanuts are pegging and fungicide application timing seems to be on schedule.
Hugh B. Gray, Allendale County
Most crops are progressing well. Hampton County received a lot of rain during the week which has been helpful to crops. Allendale County only received a little rain over the past several weeks and crop condition reflects the lack of soil moisture. Many dryland corn fields in Allendale County have lost their potential. No insect or disease problems reported this week.
Zack Snipes, Beaufort County
Melon, tomato, and pepper crops are coming out of the fields.
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 8, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 0.02 inches of rain up to 3.99 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 70s to the mid 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to the mid 70s.