South Carolina Field Reports: Great Conditions for Harvest

    Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

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

    County Comments

    W Bruce McLean, Horry County
    Beneficial rains moved through the region Sunday night. This rain should allow for completion of planting fall vegetables. That moisture may be enough to help loosen heavier soil that had become a bit too hard to dig sweet potatoes and peanuts well. The dry conditions allowed for steady peanut and sweet potato harvest on lighter soils.

    Zack Snipes, Beaufort County
    Slightly cooler temperatures helped fall crops but we still needed some rain. A few strawberries went in last week. Most will be planted this week or next.

    Mark Nettles, Orangeburg County
    Some farmers were harvesting industrial hemp, with some non-irrigated hemp drying down faster than they were able to harvest. Some farmers reported losing almost all of their fall greens plantings that were not irrigated. Soybeans were also taking a hit, but conditions were great for the harvesting of crops that are ready.

    Hugh B. Gray, Hampton County
    Another week with no measurable rain allowed peanut and cotton harvesting to progress at a rapid pace. Soybean harvest began. Due to dry soils, no small grain or winter cover crops could be planted.

    General Comments

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    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 13, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 1.91 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to the high 80s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 50s to the high 60s.

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