ATHENS, Ga. — According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Georgia, there were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 17, 2022. Precipitation ranged from no rain to 5.4 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 80s to the low 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to the mid 70s.
A second consecutive week of scattered rainfall across most of the state helped continue to alleviate drought pressure. Corn fields matured and were entering the black layer stage. Leaf scorch from dry conditions and Japanese beetles were both reported as issues for corn in northern Georgia. Cotton fields continued to square and set bolls. Growth regulators are expected to be applied over the upcoming weeks with fields growing strong after recent rains. Wet conditions did cause delays with fungicide applications on peanuts as well as herbicide applications on soybeans and cotton. Peanut fields continued to peg as soybeans were blooming and setting pods. Tobacco fields were noted to be looking better as the soil moisture conditions have improved over the past few weeks. Peach harvest continued to progress and was reported to have been running smoothly. Hayfields greened up but have been difficult to cut due to the wet conditions. Hay quality in central Georgia was reportedly deteriorating from sitting in wet fields.
Livestock and Pastures
Cattle remained in good condition throughout the state. Flies were reported to be an issue on cattle. Pasture conditions continued to improve as fields have benefitted from recent precipitation and greened back up.
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