ATHENS, Ga. — According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 29, 2019.
Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from no rain to 1.42 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 80s to the high 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 50s to the mid 70s.
It was possible to work in the fields, but they were hot, dry, and dusty. A short rain shower or two was received, but they did very little to add moisture. Farmers were feeding hay, dipping into winter supplies. Some were drilling winter annuals, which may be a roll of the dice without moisture. It could also be bad if spotty moisture causes germination and then the seedlings die without any additional moisture.
Greg Bowman, Gordon County
Nearly all peanut and cotton harvesting stopped due to the dry conditions. It was too dry to dig peanuts, and too dry to properly defoliate cotton. Some fields looked as if sprayed with defoliant but heat and dryness have caused the leaves to fall. Cattle are being sold or fed hay, and many water sources were drying up along with the Flint River. Pines and oaks are suffering, with many looking dead or severely stressed from the lack of rainfall.
Jeff Cook, Taylor County
Non-irrigated peanut digging was stopped again. Extremely dry conditions prevented the planting of winter grazing crops. Pastures and hayfields were dry and unproductive. Vegetable producers were struggling to keep up with water demands.
Ty Torrance, Grady County