South Carolina Field Reports: Weekend Storms Stall Planting

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

County Comments

David Dewitt, Kershaw County
Another shortened week ended by a large storm on Friday. Amounts of rain were not great but all came in a very short time accompanied by strong winds. Low temperatures at night continued to slow growth of what has been planted and slowed farmers from getting too excited to plant peanuts and cotton.

Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
Cool temperatures delayed some farmers from planting their cotton crop. Corn and vegetables crops progressed at a slow pace.

Kyle Daniel, Georgetown County
A major storm system pushed through the area on Friday. Strong gusty winds were associated with the system causing a few down trees, power outages and lots of debris in roads. Field activity came to a halt as farmers were trying to get tobacco planted in fields.

Hugh B. Gray, Allendale County
Corn planting wrapped up this week and the emerged crop looks good. Small grain crops were all headed out and improved in conditions. The peach crop has gotten off to a good start. A strong storm with high gusty winds passed through the area on Friday, dropping limbs and a few trees. Blowing sand caused a small amount of injury to corn and watermelons in some areas but will recover.

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 21, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 0.04 inches of rain up to 7.00 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 60s to the high 70s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 30s to the mid 50s.


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