What is in this article?:
- Southeast planting and crop conditions still a mixed bag
- Alabama behind normal pace
- Wet weather helps and hurts Southeast farmers, as peanut and cotton planting finishes up in some locations or ekes forward in others as soggy conditions stop farmers from getting into their fields.
GEORGIA PEANUT PLANTING as rainclouds loom.
Rain returned to parts of the Southeast last week. Farmers raced to get peanuts and cotton in the ground. Though many were hit with more delays, peanut and cotton planting marched on and made some good progress in some places.
Georgia cotton farmers had to kick it into the high gears as they hit May’s mid-mark. Planting pace made a comeback and the cotton crop is now half planted in the state, which is about right as far as timing. Peanut planting over the state made ground, too, with half of the crop planted as of May 17, according the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service.
“Some farmers worked 16-plus-hour days to plant before rain moved in (to the region May 14),” said Doug Collins, Universiyt of Georgia Extension agent in Lee County, located in southwest Georgia.
The Georgia corn crop is riding in the fair-to-middling stage with about 90 percent of it in fair to good shape, according the GASS report.
But unusually wet conditions continue to be the driving topic for the state’s farmers.
“Rain amounts last week ranged from a little to a lot. Cotton and peanut planting is behind compared to years past. Wheat crop seems a little behind. Crazy weather has not been good for vegetable production,” said Jeremy Kichler, UGA Extension agent in Colquitt County, located in southwest Georgia.