South Carolina Field Reports: Cotton Harvest Begins, More Peanuts Coming Up

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 22, 2019.

County Comments

Brandon Lambert, Fairfield County
Soybeans setting pods need rain. This lack of rain will impact yields. Cotton was being defoliated and some had been harvested. Pastures were in very bad shape. Not sure how pastures for grazing will be able to hold up much longer.

W Bruce McLean, Marlboro County
Peanut digging began last week. Conditions for digging peanuts looks excellent for the next week. Sweet potato harvest began as well. Fall vegetable planting was starting to wrap up.

Charles Davis, Calhoun County
Hot, dry conditions continued to plague late season crops. Cotton and peanuts trying to complete late season production were shut down unless they were irrigated. Digging conditions on tight soils became difficult for peanut producers. Cotton defoliation has ramped up in the last week.

Hugh B. Gray, Hampton County
Peanut harvest was active with digging and combining. Cotton harvest began last week while other fields are being defoliated. A week of sunshiny days and no rain delays has allowed field operations to be progressive. The lack of adequate soil moisture has also delayed the start of fall small grain and cover crop planting.

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 22, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain up to 2.37 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 80s to the mid 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 50s to the low 70s.

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