Alabama Field Reports: Dealing with Weather Woes

Cotton damaged by high winds from Hurricane Michael. Photo: University of Georgia

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 21, 2018.

County Comments

Lana Nelson, Lauderdale County
Defoliant has been sprayed multiple times on some of the county’s cotton. However, the unseasonably warm weather experienced at the end of September and first of October coupled with rain showers has spurred re-growth. As a result, much of the cotton has not been picked.

Allie Corcoran, Barbour County
Harvest continued. Farmers were assessing damages from hurricane Michael. Cotton suffered the most damage with significant losses across the county. Peanuts also suffered and picking has not gone well. Soybeans was also affected and may be difficult to harvest.

Willie Durr, Houston County
Most of the row crop farmers were trying to put things back together after the damage caused by Hurricane Michael. Cotton is on the ground with twisted stalks and peanuts vines are beat up. Nearly all the cotton is likely to go unharvested due to the damages. Peanut producers were doing everything possible to get this year’s crop harvested. A lot timber has been blown over with miles of fencing being patched to keep the cows from walking away. It has been a difficult two weeks for Houston County farmers.

General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Alabama, there were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 21, 2018. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 1.86 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 60s to the high 80s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 40s to the high 60s.

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