South Carolina Field Reports: Dorian Not as Bad as Expected

Cotton lint tangled in stalks. Photo: Andrew Sawyer, University of Georgia

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

County Comments

Brandon Lambert, Chester County
Both Chester and Fairfield missed all the rain from the hurricane. The pasture condition rapidly diminished. Many trees in the counties have lost their leaves. Cotton and soybeans look to be holding at a fair to good condition. Seems that with the current drought that deer have hurt many row crops.

Anthony Melton, Darlington County
Rain from Dorian helped improve soil conditions. Some cotton have blown out of bolls but all hemp is blown down.

Koty Roberts, Horry County
Hurricane Dorian passed through Horry but didn’t leave much damage. The rain was adequate and helped the soybeans. Some cotton was a little twisted and blown. Peanuts were still looking to be ok so far this season.

Zack Snipes, Beaufort County
Last week was busy in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. We narrowly missed the eye of the storm but still experienced 60mph winds. We had some damage to trees, greenhouses, buildings and some crops. We received anywhere from 2-10 inches of rain. Low lying fields were flooded and some bare ground crops were lost. Overall we came out better than expected from the hurricane but yet another setback in our fall production this year.

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 8, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 15.21 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 80s to the mid 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 60s to the mid 70s.


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