Alabama Field Reports: Peanut Harvest Begins

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 8, 2019.

County Comments

Shannon Parker, Morgan County
Hot, dry weather returned with a vengeance which accelerated maturity and drying in cotton, corn, and soybeans. Corn shelling was progressing and earliest grouped soybeans were ready to be combined. Producers were looking for and cutting additional hay as supplemental feeding continued.

Henry Dorough, Talladega County
Another hot and dry week helped most harvest operations. Some soybean acres were under irrigation all week. A number of livestock operations were already feeding hay or supplements because of the lack of production from warm season pastures. A few farmers began preparations for planting annual cool season forages.

Brandon Dillard, Geneva County
Dry conditions persisted in most areas. Farmers were starting to worry about the ground getting hard while trying to invert peanuts. Corn harvest was almost done while defoliation and digging were starting to ramp up.

Willie Durr, Houston County
It was dry in the Wiregrass Area this week with foliage feeders on peanuts and stinkbugs in cotton. Harvest season just beginning for peanuts and cotton.

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Alabama, there were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 8, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 1.04 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 70s to the high 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 60s to the mid 70s.


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