Alabama Field Reports: Corn Harvest Begins

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 11, 2019.

County Comments

Tim Malone, Marion County
Hot, dry weather continued. Extreme heat stressed all crops and livestock. Pastures turned brown. We need a break from this heat.

Henry Dorough, Talladega County
Another hot and dry week welcomed the start of corn harvesting in the county. Pastures showed signs of severe drought stress. Reports of fall armyworms increased for pastures and hayfields that received rain in the past week or so. Farmers continued to irrigate cotton and soybeans.

Brandon Dillard, Bullock County
Rains fell in most areas at a much needed time for this year’s crop. Producers applied insect sprays and disease controls. Corn harvest started. Initial irrigated yields seem to be good while some rain-fed fields are being destroyed.

James Jones Jr., Henry County
The Wiregrass region received spotty showers. Corn harvest began. Cotton and peanuts entered into peak fruiting, so they need to continue to get rainfall. Pastures and hayfields also need rain. Hay cuttings were short in yield and quality because of the dry weather.

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Alabama, there were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 11, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 4.1 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 80s to the mid 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 60s to the high 70s.


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