Georgia Field Reports: Many Crops Shutting Down from Lack of Moisture

Drought stricken corn. Photo: USDA

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 14, 2019.

County Comments

Wade Hutcheson, Walker County
Widespread rain helped the cotton and soybeans but the corn was hurting due to insufficient rainfall thus far. Forages were improved and warm season grasses looked good. Many were hoping for dry days this week to help make progress on the second hay cutting.

Raymond Joyce, Laurens County
Although some areas of the county received rainfall from scattered showers, the majority of the county remained dry! Rains were very scattered. Corn growers continued to irrigate fields. Some fields neared maturity and black layer. Aphid populations began to crash due to the aphid fungus. Grass slowed down in pastures and hayfields due to the lack of rainfall. Fungicides were sprayed on peanut fields. Corn harvest should start in a couple of weeks.

Seth McAllister, Terrell County
Cotton was shutting down in many fields from lack of moisture and white flowers were blooming out of the top of many plants. This was very concerning because if we get more rains it will in fact continue to set fruit, but this delay in fruit load will mean that many bolls at the bottom will rot while we wait for the top crop to open during defoliation. Peanuts looked good for now but they started to wilt in many fields as well. Corn began entering black layer in many fields and we should see some corn picked by the end of the week.

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 14, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 2.28 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 70s to the mid 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 50s to the high 70s.


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