Soybeans and cotton nearly on time in South Carolina

Soybeans and cotton nearly on time in South Carolina

• Cotton and soybeans were both delayed in South Carolina at planting time by wet, cool weather. • In recent weeks dry weather has allowed growers in South Carolina to get back on schedule. • As of the end of June cotton and soybean planting is near the five-year average for both crops.

As of the end of June, the USDA NASS South Carolina Statistical Office had the cotton crop at 96 percent planted, slightly behind where we were last year at 99 percent planted and the 5-year average of 99 percent planted.

About percent percent of the crop has squared, compared with 22 percent this time last year and the 5-year average of 20 percent.

Conditions for the cotton crop were described as 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 68 percent good, and 4 percent excellent.

We are now living by afternoon thunderstorms, and soil moisture conditions as a whole for the state were described as 3 percent short, 88 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus.

These are observed/perceived state-wide averages.

As of the end of June, the USDA NASS South Carolina Statistical Office had the soybean crop at 84 percent planted, not far off from where we were last year at 89 percent and the 5-year average of 90 percent planted.

About 56 percent of the soybean crop has emerged, behind where we were last year at 72 percent and the 5-year average of 74 percent. Conditions for the soybean 5 percent excellent.

These are observed/perceived state-wide averages.