COLUMBIA, S.C. — According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 5.2days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 23, 2020. Precipitation ranged from 0.1 inches of rain to 4.4 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 80s to the low 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to the mid 70s.
High humidity, cloudy skies, and showers delayed corn harvesting, crop spraying, and hay harvesting, but at the same time, kept crops from heat stress. In the Pee Dee region, thunderstorms caused ponding in fields. Due to wet field conditions, some cotton insecticides were applied by air.
Both fruit and vegetable development slowed slightly from cloudy conditions. The recent rain led to an increase of bacterial spot on fall tomatoes. Fall greens and brassicas were planted as the weather allowed. Some producers reported that caterpillars are already present on fall brassicas.
Livestock and Pastures
Cattle and pasture condition remained mostly good.
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