South Carolina Field Reports: Mixed Crop Conditions, Slow Growth

Drought stricken corn. Photo: USDA

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 15, 2018.

County Comments

Charles Davis, Calhoun County
The lack of rain events during the week has added stress to the country’s crops. Corn is headed towards maturity which lowers concerns about disease stress. Late leaf spot disease pressure is building in peanuts.

Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
Crops are progressing at a slow pace, with most areas in need of rain. Irrigated vegetables are progressing. Some farmers are getting ready for an early fall crop.

Hugh B. Gray, Allendale County
Most of Hampton and Allendale Counties received about an inch of rain during the week relieving dryness in these areas. Peanut growers are routinely applying fungicide applications.

Matthew Wannamaker, Lexington County
All areas of the county are in need of an increase in soil moisture. A large percentage of corn is nearing maturity. Crop conditions remain mixed as some areas have received much more rain than others throughout the growth stages.

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 15, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 2.19 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 80s to the mid 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to the low 70s.

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