Georgia Field Reports: Cotton, Peanut Planting Wide Open

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 12, 2019.

County Comments

Thad Glenn, Stephens County
The vast majority of producers finished their first cutting of hay for the season. We received rainfall toward the end of the week which was excellent for quick regrowth of forages cut for hay and grazing. If rain events stay on a somewhat predictable pattern, we should have an excellent hay season.

Cole Moon, Bleckley County
Cotton and peanut planting remained wide open. It was dry, but we received a good rainfall over the weekend which will give farmers the moisture needed to get the dryland crops up. Cattle farmers were putting in summer grazing and making their first cuts of hay. Wheat harvest will begin soon as well.

Seth McAllister, Terrell County
The county started to get dry again, but rainfall late in the week alleviated the dry conditions. This was the first week that most every pivot in a corn field had to run. Cotton and peanuts were coming up very good, and the planting conditions have been excellent. With warm soil temperatures and good moisture in seed bed, it was dry enough to not make a mess once the equipment got into the fields. Crop emergence was very uniform. Corn looked very good and should start tasseling within the next couple of weeks.

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 12, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 4.4 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 60s to the low 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 50s to the low 70s.

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