Alabama Field Reports: Cotton, Soybean Harvests Progress Rapidly

Cotton modules beside soybean field ready for harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 20, 2019.

County Comments

Shannon Parker, Morgan County
Cotton and soybean harvest continued. Additional supplemental livestock feeding was taking place. Some annual cool-season grass was planted, but no wheat has been planted.

Gina Harris, Blount County
The amount and timing of the recent rain that has been received may have been enough for the pastures to green up before first frost, but it will not help any of the producers make up for the lack of hay production. Many producers will not be able to get a third cutting of hay this crop year. They have been supplementing with hay for at least a month now, maybe longer in some areas. Harvesting of corn was wrapping up. Soybean, peanut, and cotton harvests were well under way.

Belinda Woods, Cullman County
Corn harvest is complete. Soybean and cotton harvest is progressed rapidly. Pastures were dry and conditions were not favorable for winter wheat planting/drilling.

Henry Dorough, Talladega County
Light rain and much cooler temperatures brought brief relief allowing livestock farmers to plant cool season annual forages for future winter grazing. Farmers continued to supply supplemental hay and feed as a result of drought conditions. Cotton and soybean harvests were delayed briefly because of light rain.

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Alabama, there were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 20, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 0.17 to 4.87 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to the high 70s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 40s to the mid 60s.


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