South Carolina Producers about Two Weeks Behind Normal Pace

Not too long ago, over half of South Carolina was at minimum in abnormally dry conditions…now, less than three percent of the state is showing any sign of drought. Needless to say, the only way for that situation to change is with rain, and lots of it. Jacob Stokes, Area Agronomy Agent for Florence and Williamsburg Counties says that rain has put producers in his area of the state behind:

“We are about two weeks behind on most everything. We did have some replanting of corn and now its down to just some who are working with later season corn.”

Speaking of replanting corn, Stokes says a number of producers had to replant due to excessive rain:

“We were having some good weather then it turned wet and cold, so a lot had to replant or didn’t replant and turned some of the acres to cotton.”

Consequently, cotton acreage in the Pee Dee will be up some, says Stokes:

“It will be up a little due to those who didn’t replant corn and switched to cotton.”

And in keeping with that two-week-late theme, combines have just started to roll in winter wheat fields according to Stokes:

“Some of the first wheat is just being harvested. We will probably be down a bit.”

And like most of the southeast, the winter wheat has had fungus issues:

“We had a lot of mildew and just about everything else you can get.”

While some producers were proactive against fungus says Stokes, he still anticipates some reductions:

“I think we will see lower test weights than we would like. A lot had proactively sprayed some fungicides though. So its probably not as dramatic as a weather issue will be on the yield.”

Area agronomist for the eastern Pee Dee region, Jacob Stokes. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.