Georgia Field Reports: Dry Conditions Aid Harvest

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 7, 2018.

County Comments

Wade Hutcheson, Walker County
High temperatures most every day. Dry conditions favored more hay making along with corn and soybean harvesting.

Adam Speir, Madison County
Most beans and corn have been harvested. Abnormally high temperatures with dry conditions have everyone waiting on potential rain before most winter annual plantings. Calving is in full swing.

Jeff Cook, Taylor County
Dry conditions persist. Many cattle producers are already feeding hay due to the lack of rain. Dryland soybeans continue to go backwards, and late planted corn is struggling. I estimate we lost a couple hundred pounds on early planted cotton, and soybean yields will be reduced greatly due to the lack of rain in September. Late planted peanuts have also suffered with yield, grade, and harvest efficiency affected by the drought.

Seth McAllister, Terrell County
Dry conditions have been excellent for cotton harvest and many peanuts have been picked at this point, but some fields remain too dry to dig. Yields have been excellent on early planted cotton and peanuts, but they should start dropping on our later planted crops due to the dry conditions in September. Soybeans dropped leaves heavily this week, and some should be ready to pick early next week. No winter grains have been planted yet due to the dry weather in September.

General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 07, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 3.57 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 70s to the low 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 50s to the mid 70s.

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