Georgia Field Reports: Harvest Resumes – Damage Assessments Ongoing

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

County Comments

Brent Allen, Washington County
The cotton harvest was underway. Yields were definitely reduced by the hurricane, but we are still uncertain of the total effect. The peanut harvest resumed, but the delay from the storm caused some reduction in yield and quality.

Jay Porter, Pulaski County
Damage from Hurricane Michael was still being assessed, but early estimates were that we lost half of the cotton and pecan crops in Pulaski County. Cotton plants were intertwined from the high winds, making the remaining cotton difficult to harvest.

Doug Collins, Lee County
Hurricane Michael blew excessive amounts of cotton from plants. Some soybean fields were blown to the ground. The hurricane did some damage to dug peanuts, and rain on Monday further delayed peanut digging. Pecan groves suffered extensive damage such that growers cannot harvest their crop at this time. Costly and time-consuming work will be required to clear downed trees and limbs before the crop can be harvested.

E. Lanier Jordan, Baker County
Hurricane Michael was a terrible weather event. Over half of the county’s poultry houses were destroyed. Most of the cotton and pecan crops were destroyed.

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, 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 to 1.6 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to the low 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 40s to the low 70s.

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