Georgia Field Reports: Weather Turns Against Harvest

Dug peanuts awaiting harvest. Photo: Mace Bauer, University of Florida

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 17, 2019.

County Comments

Wade Hutcheson, Walker County
Cotton harvesting continued after the rain and cold temperatures early in the week. Farmers were planting winter grazing as well as tending to livestock and calving.

Raymond Joyce, Laurens County
Our county received rain during the week which stopped most fieldwork. Frost was scattered around the county with kudzu showing damage. Growers still have cotton and soybeans to harvest. Winter grazing was emerging, as well as some wheat for grain. Cattle were fed hay and protein supplement. Cotton stalks were mowed down where field conditions allowed.

Seth McAllister, Terrell County
The optimum harvesting weather disappeared this week. Temperatures dropped significantly and we received misty and steady rain. We also received the first major frost. There was a field of peanuts which had not been dug and every vine is now dead. If conditions do not improve rapidly, those vines will not invert, and the entire field will be a complete loss. The rest of the cotton was also left in the field and the last defoliant was applied just before the frost. There is still substantial cotton acreage to be harvested.

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 17, 2019. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from trace amounts of rain to 5.47 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 40s to the low 60s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 20s to the mid 40s.


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