The South Carolina Crop Progress report will begin reporting again in March of 2014.
There were 3.8 days suitable for field work for the week ending December 1st compared to 5.8 for the previous
week ending November 24th. Statewide soil moisture levels were rated at 15% short, 74% adequate and 11% surplus which
are well above last week. The entire state received rain during the week with many areas receiving over 2 inches of
precipitation and a few areas receiving over 3 inches. Average temperatures varied across the state with some areas
significantly above normal and other areas below normal. The average temperatures ranged from 28 to 49 degrees. The
rainfall slowed harvest in most areas with cotton, soybeans and sorghum making less than a 10% increase in harvest
percentages. Hay cutting was affected the most with very little gains realized. Hay supply is rated mostly adequate at this
SOYBEANS 80% harvested
SORGHUM 95% harvested
COTTON 88% harvested
WHEAT 72% emerged, 92% planted, 1% very poor, 1% poor, 34% fair, 62% good, 2% excellent.
OATS 0% very poor, 1% poor, 38% fair, 55% good, 6% excellent
Overall, it was a colder than normal week for Virginia for this time year. Most nighttime lows ranged between low 20s and low 30s. By the weekend temperatures increased and rain fell; rain was light with most areas receiving less than ½ of an inch. Days suitable for fieldwork were 5.9. The dry weather contributed to good progress to be made on harvesting crops and planting small grains. Dryness in seed moisture had producers concerned with soybeans cracking during harvest. As the season winds down, growers kept busy recertifying their pesticide permits, making input purchase plans for 2014, and hunting deer. Other farming activities for the week include last minute hay making, sampling soil, and attending producer conferences.
PASTURE 2% very poor, 7% poor, 37% fair, 47% good, 7% excellent.
CORN 97% grain harvested
SOYBEANS 73% harvested
PEANUTS 96% combined
COTTON 71% harvested, 0% very poor, 3% poor, 19% fair, 63% good, 15% excellent.
WINTER WHEAT 78% seeded, 50% emerged