South Carolina Crops Struggling with Excessive Rains

South Carolina has seen copious amounts of rain over the past three weeks or so, particularly in the past few days. Dr. John Mueller, Director of the Edisto Research & Education Center in Blackville, SC says some crops are starting to suffer:

“In the last three weeks we have gotten a lot of rain and areas around the coast have gotten even more than we have. We’ve had a hard time getting things planted and now we are having a hard time taking care of them. We’ve been putting out nitrogen or herbicides, but its impossible to get in the fields right now.”

Corn especially doesn’t do well in standing water, and Mueller says areas near the coast could be in some trouble:

“I haven’t seen any that look terrible, but I would predict they start to go down hill. Here at the station it hasn’t been too bad, but areas like Hampton have had 7-10 inches of rain in the last week and I think things will go bad fast there.”

Peanuts also don’t do well in standing water, and since many fields are rotated with wheat, Mueller says that adds an extra element:

“We can’t get in to put out the land plaster so there will be problems later on.”

While cotton seems to be faring okay for the moment, Mueller explains the current wet weather could cause problems later on for the crop:

“We will just have to see how much rain and how long it stays. The roots are wet and the plants are not growing. It will be hard to make up for these days later.”

And as in most areas of the southeast, wheat harvest is behind and painfully slow:

“The worst problem we had is we had a lot of wheat that has not been harvested and may be a total loss.”

Director of the Edisto Research & Education Center, Dr. John Mueller


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