ATHENS, Ga. — According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 28th, 2020. Precipitation ranged from trace amounts of rain to 3.9 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 70s to the mid 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 50s to the mid 70s.
Most of the state received much needed rainfall. Producers in the northern part of the state reported extremely muddy conditions, making fieldwork difficult. Weather was favorable and crops experienced good growing conditions. Intermittent showers kept row crops hydrated. Producers in the northern and central parts of the state continued to spray fungicides and pesticides as preventative measures. Producers throughout the state reported questionable air quality due to the Sub Saharan Dust Storm, but no noticeable impact to crops. Peanut and cotton stands improved slightly, but some peanut producers reported Lesser Cornstalk Borers problems due to the recent dry conditions. Peanut growers also reported that gypsum had been difficult to find and expressed concerns that untreated fields could negatively impact yields. Hay and haylage continued to be cut throughout the state. Sweet corn, squash, and tomatoes were harvested in the western part of the state. Much of the small fruit and vegetable crops started to enter the ripening stage.
Livestock and Pastures
Overall, livestock remained in generally good condition with little to no changes in routine care. Beneficial rainfall allowed for much needed moisture to reach pastures, hayfields, and forage crops.
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