Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 9, 2018.
Pam Sapp, Jefferson County
Pasture conditions suffered greatly from lack of rain. Dryland cropland acres suffered, as much of those acres have poorer root systems from the heavy rains early in the growing season. Much of the irrigated acres developed areolate mildew, and many producers sprayed fungicides to protect against it.
Jason E. Mallard, Jenkins County
Sparse rain led to field conditions drying out during a critical period for dryland peanuts, soybeans, and later-planted cotton. Most irrigation systems ran constantly on peanuts. Pastures ceased to sustain needed feed amounts for cattle.
Cole Moon, Bleckley County
Rain largely evaded us, so pivots ran in a lot of fields. We even ran pivots to soften the dirt to dig peanuts in places. Corn harvesting started to wrap up, and peanut harvesting started. Yield numbers on both corn and peanuts were average or better so far. Cotton was opening up, but none was defoliated yet.
Seth McAllister, Terrell County
When hull scraping peanuts, our 140-day-old peanut samples looked to be about 10 days later than normal, probably from wet, cool soils delaying fruit initiation early this summer. Peanuts looked to be a heavy crop around the tap roots, but there was not much of a limb crop this year. Cotton bolls popped open like crazy, and our first fields were defoliated this week. However, boll rot was prevalent in many fields. Soybeans looked pretty good so far. Overall, our crops looked really good.
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 9, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 3.1 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 70s to the mid 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to the high 70s.