Georgia Field Reports: Increasing Disease Pressure, Delayed Harvest

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 5, 2018.

County Comments

Nathan Eason, White County
Continued rains have made it difficult to begin getting in corn fields to harvest for silage. Likewise, most hay producers have been able to squeeze out one cutting this season. On the flip side, pastures are abundant in grass. Continued dampness is making it difficult for vineyards to be sprayed as grapes are going into veraison.

Jason Mallard, Jenkins County
Disease is increasing in peanuts and becoming a concern in other crops. Concerns of leaching fertilizers are increasing with heavy rains. Fields are totally saturated and field work has almost stopped.

Ty Torrance, Grady County
We are receiving heavy rains throughout the county. The rains are delaying corn harvest and lowering the quality. Wet conditions are also preventing growers from entering fields to cut hay and apply pesticides and plant growth regulators to row crops.

Tony Barnes, Atkinson County
We need some dry weather days to save some tobacco from drowning. It’s too late for some already.

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 5, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 0.7 inches of rain to 6.4 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 70s to the low 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 60s to the mid 70s.


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