Georgia Field Reports: Cotton Harvest Underway, Drought Hurting Crops

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 15, 2019.

County Comments

Greg Pittman, Jackson County
Cattle experienced stress due to the ongoing extreme heat and dry conditions. Forage levels and quality took a drastic downturn. Soybeans reached the stage that any rainfall received in the future would still not be adequate for the crop to fully recover from the damage already incurred by the dry conditions.

Jeff Cook, Peach County
Cattle began to be fed hay, which is a concern because hay is already in short supply due to dry conditions. The dry weather also shut down dryland cotton and many late planted peanuts will not be worth harvesting.

Seth McAllister, Terrell County
Terrell County remained very dry and some dryland peanuts look horrible. Cotton harvest was well underway and modules were accumulating in many fields. Peanuts were being dug as quickly as the combines could keep up. Some dryland fields were dug slightly early in an attempt to take advantage of what little moisture was in the ground.

Many fields, however, were so dry that it will take a rainfall to get a peanut plow under the vines. The cotton crop looked fairly promising, but peanuts were hit or miss depending on which fields received good rain. No irrigated peanuts have been dug yet, which will be a better indicator of what could be expected.

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 15, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 2.63 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 80s to the high 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 60s to the high 70s.


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