Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 7, 2018.
Danny Howard, Greenville County
Hot, dry summer type weather. No rain this week.
Matthew Wannamaker, Lexington County
Cotton and peanut harvest continued but was slowed due to rain showers scattered throughout the county. In anticipation of rainfall arriving from Hurricane Michael, producers rushed to harvest peanuts that were already dug. Many producers reported that they were near completing their final hay cuttings for the 2018 crop year in preparation for the winter months.
Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
Farmers were harvesting some of the crops that were ready. Good weather conditions for harvest have helped farmers.
Hugh B. Gray, Allendale County
A week of favorable weather for fieldwork allowed growers to make haste in digging and harvesting peanuts. A very few growers began harvesting soybeans and cotton. Cotton defoliation applications continued. No small grain or winter grazing has been planted yet. No crop insect or disease problems reported.
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 7, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 1.10 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 80s to the low 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 50s to the low 70s.