Georgia Field Reports: Heat Hurting Peanuts, Cotton Yields Look Good

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

County Comments

Seth McAllister, Terrell County
The dry weather was conducive to cotton harvesting, but some of the bolls in the tops of the plants looked nearly withered. There were also some defoliation issues. Cotton yields were looking promising in many fields. The ground was so hard that peanut harvesting was a struggle. Record high temperatures were drying out peanuts so quickly that producers were unable to dig many acres before going back to pick them. Peanuts left drying too long were getting splits in them.

Raymond Joyce, Laurens County
Dry conditions persisted, causing pastures and hayfields to look as though it is already winter. Producers were feeding hay that would have been fed during the winter. Late planted corn was harvested. Soybeans began dropping leaves. Peanuts and cotton continued to be harvested. Dry field conditions made it very difficult to dig dryland peanuts. We need rain!

Ross Greene, Evans County
Virtually all pastures turned brown and there was no feed left in them. Farmers were feeding hay and were unable to plant winter grazing because it was too hot and would likely die even if irrigated. Hay yields are expected to be off due to the heat and dry conditions. We continued to have lots of issues with the fall vegetable crops, and there was uncertainty regarding how the heat will impact the onion seedlings.

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 6, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 2.64 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 80s to the high 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 60s to the mid 70s.


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