Alabama Field Reports: Harvest Pushes Ahead in Hot, Dry Conditions

Cotton harvest, ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 6, 2019.

County Comments

David West, Calhoun County
Calhoun County experienced record-setting highs all week. Breezy, hot, and dry. Pastures were crunchy. Farmers provided supplemental feeding. Low ponds meant supplemental water use.

Henry Dorough, Talladega County
Another hot and dry week facilitated cotton and soybean harvest but little else. Livestock farmers continued to feed hay and supplement. Some cool season forages were planted in anticipation of a cold front and the possibility of rain.

Jeffrey Smith, Elmore County
Very dry and hot conditions pushed cotton harvest ahead with no weather delays. However, pasture conditions were poor with most livestock producers supplemental feeding. Seeding of winter grazing was delayed because of no moisture.

Karen McDonald, Monroe County
No rain was reported for the entire month of September and the first week of October. With record-breaking temperatures in September and October, producers have been in dire need of rain. Pastures were in poor condition.

Brandon Dillard, Pike County
Most areas were sitting at over one month with no rain. The ground has been hard, making inverting peanuts costly and slow. Cotton harvest was wide open. Yields were spotty.

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Alabama, there were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 6, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 2.2 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 80s to the high 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 60s to the low 70s.


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