South Carolina Field Reports: Crops Rebound with Recent Rains

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 16, 2019.

County Comments

Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
Rain events revived corn and other crops. The rain came at the saving time for most of the crops hurt by the drought. No hemp was planted during the week, as the soil is too moist to hold equipment. Farmers were scouting for disease issues and taking action on vegetable crops as needed.

Charles Davis, Calhoun County
Crops began to rebound slightly after significant rainfall early last week. Corn damage was significant. Emergence of late planted cotton and peanuts was delayed. Some minor replanting occurred late last week on cotton.

Rusty Skipper, Horry County
Soybean planting continued in Horry County and should wrap-up next week. Tobacco, cotton, corn, and peanuts looked better after last week’s rain, but we will need more consistent rain to make a good 2019 crop.

Hugh B. Gray, Allendale County
Soils were saturated which prevented fieldwork including planting and applying treatments for weed and pest control. Fields began to dry out late in the week and growers began to replant failed crops and plant remaining unplanted fields. The rains have provided a greater than expected recovery of cotton, peanuts, and soybeans. There was a good recovery to some corn fields, but some fields are beyond recovery.

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 16, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 8.84 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 70s to the high 80s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 50s to the high 60s.

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