Alabama Field Reports: Harvest Continues in Dry Conditions

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 13, 2019.

    County Comments

    Gina Harris, Blount County
    Most producers will not be able to get a third cutting of hay. Producers were continuing to feed hay at an earlier time than usual to supplement grazing. Some producers were preparing to plant crops, such as annual ryegrass, for winter grazing. There were still some producers finishing up their corn harvest. Soybean, cotton, and peanut harvesting were well underway. Crop yields were still varying from poor to good.

    Henry Dorough, Talladega County
    Cotton and soybean harvest continued as preparations for wheat planting began. The hint of rain in the forecast enticed farmers to begin planting winter forages in earnest.

    Karen McDonald, Monroe County
    Monroe County continued to be extremely dry. Peanut producers were almost finished harvesting and have struggled during harvest due to the ground being too hard for digging. Blades were replaced every 12 acres which cost the producers even more to harvest. The peanuts themselves were of very good quality. The cotton crop could not be determined yet. The dry weather has affected at least 20 percent of our cotton, which are the areas that did not receive rain while the other part of the county did receive rain. So far, harvest season for cotton continues to be in the producer’s favor.

    General Comments

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    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Alabama, there were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 13, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 4.08 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 70s to the low 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 50s to the low 70s.

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