Crop Progress & Condition Report
For the Week Ended July 4, 2010
South Carolina farmers welcomed the cooler temperatures and scattered thundershowers for the week ending July 4th. Precipitation improved the condition and yield potential of many summer crops, however many growers still needed continual rain to make up the deficit. Those not fortunate enough to receive substantial amounts of rain continued to report dire conditions. There was an average of 6.3 days that were suitable for field work.
South Carolina’s soil moisture levels improved and were reported as 12% very short, 37% short, 49% adequate and 2% surplus.
Crop Progress & Condition
Corn- 97% of the state’s corn crop is reported to have silked compared to 98% last week and five-year average of 92%. 54% had douged by the end of the week, compared to 33% last year, ahead of the five-year average of 36%. 1% of the crop has matured, with no comparisons. The crop is rated at 8% Very Poor, 12% Poor, 40% Fair, 38% Good, and 2% Excellent.
Cotton- 55% of the crop has squared compared to 46% last year, and a five-year average of 47%. 7% of the crop is setting bolls compared to 3% on the five-year average. 4% of the crop is rated Poor, 38% Fair, 52% Good, and 6% Excellent.
Soybeans- 93% of the crop has emerged compared to 91% last year, right in line with the five-year average of 90%. 10% of the crop has begun blooming, compared to 3% last year, and a five-year average of 6%. 1% of the crop is rated Very Poor, 7% of the crop is rated Poor, 42% of the crop is rated Fair, 47% of the crop is rated Good and 3% of the crop is rated Excellent.
Tobacco- 85% of the crop had topped by weeks’ end, compared to 73% last year and well ahead of the five-year average of 56%. 15% of the crop has been harvested compared to 9% last year and 4% on a five-year average. Crop conditions were reported as 1% Very Poor, 2% Poor, 18% Fair, 69% Good and 10% Excellent.
Temperatures & Precipitation
The highest official temperature reported was 100 degrees at the Marlboro County Jetport and Clinton, The lowest official temperature reported was 55 degrees at Barnwell and Conway. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.85 inches in Anderson.
The bulk of the central part of the state remains in Abnormally Dry conditions, the same areas growing from last week on the latest Drought Monitor released on Thursday, July 1, 2010. The area of Abnormally Dry is 57% of the state compared to 38% last week.