South Carolina Field Reports: Soybean Planting Gets Underway

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    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 19, 2019.

    County Comments

    Rusty Skipper, Horry County
    Cotton and peanut planting nearly wrapped up in Horry County. All planted crops appeared to be doing okay, but a little rain wouldn’t hurt. Soybean planting was now underway and will continue through mid-July.

    Charles Davis, Calhoun County
    Planting continued at a rapid clip in anticipation of hot and dry conditions this coming week. Some farmers were chasing moisture in sandier fields. Hot and dry conditions for the coming 10 days have farmers nervous about crop emergence. Corn crop looks good at the moment but this week will show stressors on dryland crop.

    Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
    By week’s end, some corn fields had spots showing signs of drought heat stress. High day time temperatures were offset by cooler night time temperatures. Vegetable crops were progressing at a good pace, with farmers picking squash, and some early vegetables.

    Hugh B. Gray, Hampton County
    Corn leaves were rolling before noon in dryland plantings. Harvest of oats began this week and harvest of wheat and rye will begin next week. The dry conditions is stalled the completion of cotton and soybean planting. Irrigated crops were doing well. No crop insect or disease problems reported this week. This area is desperate for a good soaking rain.

    General Comments

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    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 19, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 2.8 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 70s to the high 80s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 50s to the low 60s.

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