Alabama Field Reports: Cotton Boll Opening Fast, Corn Harvest Takes Off

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 18, 2019.

County Comments

Shannon Parker, Morgan County
Hot, dry weather continued to expedite the maturity of this year’s crop. Corn was drying down fast, and cotton was moving toward bolls opening quickly. The early-season soybeans began to turn color and drop leaves. Some supplemental livestock feeding took place.

Jeffrey Smith, Tallapoosa County
The corn harvest was in full swing with yields generally below average. All other crops and pastures were affected by the lack of rainfall. Some areas were worse than others.

Brandon Dillard, Bullock County
Cotton started opening up. Scattered showers passed through the Wiregrass. It seemed that the areas which received rain continued to get rain while the areas that missed rain continued to miss it. In the areas that missed the rain, crops were really struggling. Fungicide applications were going out on peanuts since the beginning of harvest is still a couple weeks away. Corn harvest picked up as a few fields started to reach 15 percent moisture.

Belinda Woods, Cullman County
Extremely high temperatures caused soil and crops to dry. Corn, soybeans, fruits, vegetables, and all grass—hay and grazing—suffered from no rain and high temperatures. Cotton was more drought tolerant, but will also need rain soon.

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Alabama, there were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 18, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 4.3 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 90s to the low 100s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to the mid 70s.

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