Georgia Field Reports: Much Needed Rains

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

County Comments

Greg Bowman, Gordon County
The county received much appreciated rainfall, but it may have only settled the dust. Fortunately with cooler temperatures, the moisture did not evaporate too quickly. Farmers were still feeding hay from winter storage, which may result in a shortage later. Some crop yields were compromised by the drought.

Jeff Cook, Macon County
The much needed rain received should help farmers resume harvesting cotton and peanuts.

Cole Moon, Bleckley County
We received much needed rainfall. It is too late to green pastures for another cutting, which will make finding quality hay a challenge this winter. Producers harvested much cotton and peanuts, but with the additional rain in the forecast, it may be a while before they can get back in to the fields. No significant damage to cotton yields and quality have been reported so far, but producers are anxious to get it out of the fields as soon as possible.

Ross Greene, Evans County
The cotton harvest stopped because of the rain, but growers hope to get in the fields before more rain sets in. Cattle farmers were trying to get small grains planted. Peanuts were close to being finished. Fall vegetables began to look better with the cooler weather, but it is too late for many of them as disease is too widespread. We will begin planting onions soon.

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 20, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from trace amounts of rain to 7.94 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 60s to the low 80s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 40s to the mid 60s.


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