COLUMBIA, S.C. — According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 5.8days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 2, 2020. Precipitation ranged from no rain to 6.0 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the high 70s to the high 90s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 60s to the high 70s.
In some counties, heat and dry conditions continued damaging crops that were already stressed, while in other counties, frequent summer storms prevented saturated fields from drying out. Most of the corn, given its maturity, did not need as much water as other crops that were in peak fruiting, like cotton and soybeans. Irrigation ran regularly in drier areas. Growers throughout coastal counties were keeping a close eye on the path of Tropical Storm Isaias.
Producers continued to thin pecan trees. A variety of vegetables and fruits was harvested. Downy mildew was still present on cucumbers, and powdery mildew was on squash and zucchini. Heavy rain in the Midlands region washed out some recently planted fall vegetable fields that will need to be replanted. Most vegetable and fruit crops in the Pee Dee region looked surprisingly good, despite recent high heat. Fall vegetable field preparations and planting were proceeding at a good pace.
Livestock and Pastures
Another week of inconsistent rainfall continued to lead to mixed performance of pasture grasses. In general, cattle and pasture condition remained unchanged.
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