Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 9, 2018.
Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
Hot, dry conditions are affecting crops. Peanuts are not blooming, and pod development could be affected. Some cotton is also opening up. Irrigated fall vegetables are being held back some by the high temperatures.
Charles Davis, Calhoun County
Last efforts at getting the corn crop in before Hurricane Florence were made this week. A small number of peanuts have been dug ahead of the storm because of maturity and late leaf spot issues. Harvesting of these fields will begin today if possible and continue up until the storm arrives later in the week.
Hugh B. Gray, Allendale County
Another week with little or no rain has allowed many corn growers to finish harvesting. Several peanut growers began digging peanuts this week. No crop insect or disease problems reported. The threat from velvetbean caterpillars has not materialized for most soybeans growers so far. The public is being advised to make preparation as Hurricane Florence approaches.
Zack Snipes, Beaufort County
Crops are coming along nicely. We could use some rain but are really cautious of Hurricane Florence that should arrive late this week.
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 9, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 0.73 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 80s to the mid 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from high 60s to the mid 70s.