Excessive heat and somewhat marginal rainfall negatively affected South Carolina crop and livestock conditions this past week. However, the dry conditions were beneficial for harvesting activities. Armyworms continued to be problematic for many farmers. Soil moisture levels declined and were reportedly 18% very short, 53% short, 28% adequate and 1% surplus.
Crop Progress & Condition
This was an ideal Corn Harvesting Week! 84% of the crop has been harvested compared to 79% last year.
Cotton- 98% of the crop is setting bolls compared to 100% last year, behind the five-year average of 99%. 1% Very Poor, 10% Poor, 30% Fair, 52% Good, and 7% Excellent.
Soybeans are RIGHT ON! 99% of the crop is showing blooms, compared to 99% last year, and a five-year average of 99%. 90% of the crop is showing pod set compared to 95% last year and a 91% five-year average. 1% of the crop is rated Poor, 16% of the crop is rated Fair, 35% of the crop is rated Good and 3% of the crop is rated Excellent.
Tobacco- 96% of the crop has been harvested compared to 97% last year and 95% on a five-year average. 50% of the crop has had the stalks destroyed, compared to 78% last year and a five-year average of 61%. Crop conditions were not reported.
Temperatures & Precipitation
The highest official temperature reported was 99 degrees at Ft. Moultrie. The lowest official temperature reported was 49 degrees at Walhalla. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.26 inches at Santee State Park.
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