Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 9, 2018.
Gina Harris, Blount County
Parts of the county are still quite dry. Cotton looks pretty good; corn harvesting has begun, but soybeans and peanuts could use some rain. Many have delayed third cutting of hay due to the anticipation of rain.
Karen McDonald, Monroe County
This past week thanks to Tropical Storm Gordon, Monroe County received between 5 and 8 inches of rain. The wind may have had an effect on some of the cotton in a few areas. Hopefully, it won’t affect harvesting. Some producers are starting to gear up for digging peanuts. Most of the corn has been harvested. Good yields were reported.
Willie Durr, Houston County
Rain showers continued across the Wiregrass with light to moderate accumulation over most of the region. Row crop farmers were able to get some fieldwork done during mid-week and late week. We expect to see an uptick in harvesting corn and peanuts in the coming weeks as weather condition permits.
Allie Corcoran, Barbour County
Crops are looking good. Some farmers are starting to irrigate peanuts to help finish them off. Corn harvest is wrapping up. Overall crops are looking good. Rain is needed but not in large amounts.
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Alabama, there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 9, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 2.70 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 80s to the low 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to the mid 70s.