Georgia Field Reports: Cotton Planting Begins, Some Early Peanuts

Cotton planting. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 21, 2019.

County Comments

Adam Speir, Madison County
Ryegrass pastures and hayfields were really starting to come in. Early soybeans will be going in soon.

Thad Glen, Stephens County
Some farmers have begun cutting hay, primarily ryegrass that was planted in the fall. The county received heavy thunderstorms on Friday, which will keep farmers out of the field for several days due to wet conditions. However, this heavy rain will be good for our perennial grasses, providing forage for grazing and hay.

Cole Moon, Bleckley County
Most of the corn is in the ground and one or two growers started planting cotton and peanuts. Rain late in the week was followed by lower temperatures for the next couple of days. The crops that have emerged do not seem to be growing all that quickly. Most of the wheat has pollinated, and we will be looking over the next few weeks for signs of head scab, which is projected to be likely in our area.

Seth McAllister, Terrell County
We had sunshine early in the week, but cooler temperatures. Regardless, some farmers started planting cotton and many have continued getting fields ready for cotton and peanuts. Fertilizer has gone on corn, and the crop looks pretty good so far. Rain and cooler temperatures late in the week may hinder some early planted cotton from emerging on time. Hoping for warmer temperatures in the near future.

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 21, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain in multiple locations to 7.1 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to the high 70s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 30s to the high 50s.


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