South Carolina Field Reports: Rains Slow Tobacco Harvest, Aid Row Crops

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

County Comments

Rusty Skipper, Horry County
Heavy rain throughout Horry County has slowed tobacco farmers from harvesting their crops and is starting to have an effect on leaf quality.

Matthew Wannamaker, Calhoun County
All crops were replenished and irrigated land relieved due to rain showers occurring throughout all areas of the county. Most of the corn is mature and harvest should begin this week. Some cotton is nearing the cut out stage of growth. Most hay producers have reported strong yields and are expecting to receive ample stock for winter months.

Hugh B. Gray, Allendale County
Due to thunderstorms and heavy rains fieldwork has slowed for many growers. Corn harvest has slowed due to heavy rains. Peanut growers are struggling to apply fungicides to protect their crop from disease due to the frequent rain and wet soils. Even with rain, crops still look good. Corn yields may set a new record. No crop insect problems reported this week. The only potential disease concerns are in peanuts.

Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
Rain events have kept soil moisture up, making it hard to get equipment in some places. Rain events delayed fall greens transplanting so farmers can make beds and transplant young plants. Direct seeding of mustard, and turnips has also been delayed.

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 5, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 1.01 inches of rain up to 6.42 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 70s to the low 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to the mid 70s.

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