COLUMBIA, S.C. — According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in South Carolina, there were 5.7days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 1, 2020. Precipitation ranged from no rain to 6.0 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to the low 80s. Average low temperatures ranged from the low 50s to the mid 60s.
The Upstate received high winds and several inches of rain from the remnants of Hurricane Zeta. The remainder of the state had a mostly dry week. Abnormally dry conditions expanded slightly in the Midlands and Lowcountry. Warmer than normal temperatures provided pleasant harvest conditions. Peanut digging continued at a fast pace, but combining was slowed a little. Cotton defoliation looked good in central counties, so producers planned to ramp up harvesting next week.
Strawberry planting wrapped up in many areas. The young crop looked very good, despite some reports of spider mites. Brassicas looked good as well, although there were reports of caterpillars, black rot, and alternaria in some areas. Producers made preparations to begin harvesting collards next week.
Livestock and Pastures
Cattle condition remained mostly good. Pastures experienced seasonal decline.
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