South Carolina Field Reports: Needed Moisture as Soybean Harvest Begins

Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

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

County Comments

W Bruce McLean, Horry County
Late week moisture from the remanants of Tropical Storm Nestor brought beneficial rains to the area. Cotton and peanut harvest were moving right along. Soybean harvest was just getting started. Sweet potatoes were still being harvested and were looking very good. Strawberry planting was underway. Fall squash, cucumber and okra harvest were starting to slow down, but quality was still very good. Fall brassica planting was finishing up.

Jay Crouch, Newberry County
The effect of weekend rains on moisture status is still to be determined. Rain was likely too little and too late for soybeans; however, there should have been some improvement on pasture condition and allowed farmers to begin planting winter grazing and small grains.

Hugh B. Gray, Hampton County
A couple of rains came during the week that stalled harvesting operations somewhat. But the rain was welcomed for the beginning of winter cover crop and small grain planting. Harvest of peanuts, cotton, and soybeans continue as weather permits.

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 20, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 0.86 to 5.77 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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