COLUMBIA, S.C. — According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 11, 2021. Precipitation ranged from no rain to 2.2 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 70s to the mid 80s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 40s to the low 60s.
Limited to no rain in the Lowcountry and PeeDee regions resulted in some of the lighter soils becoming short on topsoil moisture. Corn planting resumed after temp-eratures warmed from the previous week’s cold snap. Growers observed only minimal frost damage on field
corn and sweet corn; a full recovery was expected. Warm, sunny days led to rapid wheat growth and improvements in condition. Fescue fields that were fertilized more heavily were close to harvesting height for hay. Producers continued to prepare fields for spring crops.
Planting was underway for sweet corn, peas, butterbeans, cucumbers, squash, and other summer crops. Brassicas were growing well. Strawberry picking started on a wider scale. Bud break began in muscadines. The previous week’s hard freezes caused significant damage to peaches. With the damage progressively becoming more apparent, farmers were continuing to assess the extent of potential losses. Early assessments indicated heavy peach losses were expected. Some of the blueberry crop was also lost. Furthermore, some cucurbit acreage was lost and needed to be replanted.
Livestock and Pastures
Warm temperatures and sufficient rain in the Upstate led to green up of pasture grasses, with some fields experiencing lush growth. Farmers continued to apply fertilizer and broadleaf herbicide. Cattle remained in good condition, overall.
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