Alabama Field Reports: Heat, Drought Stressing Crops

Wilting cotton from drought, heat stress.

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 7, 2019.

County Comments

Gina Harris, Blount County
Showers have been scattered, with some locations receiving more than an inch and other not getting any rain. Cotton crop did not look good, corn was mostly good, peanuts were good, early soybeans were good, but late soybeans were suffering, second cutting of hay was still on-going.

Anthony Wiggins, Escambia County
Conditions were still hot and dry. Scattered showers have been few and far between offering little relief from current conditions.

Charles Simon, Covington County
Corn crop gone. This lack of good rain is critical. Hit and miss rains were hurting the crops overall. Ground was hard, pastures were dry, and no hay being cut except areas that were mostly weeds. These areas were being cut to give the cattle something to eat. Most producers were feeding hay and range cubes. We need rain!

Derek Bryan, Crenshaw County
We continued to be very dry. Later planted corn that had some potential was showing signs of significant drought damage and yield reduction and the days of high 90s has taken its toll. Pasture and hayfield conditions continue to be poor. Reduction in hay yield likely and probably will equate to at least one cutting loss, possibly more.

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Alabama, there were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 8, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 3.64 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 80s to the high 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to the high 70s.

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