It’s rained, and then it's rained more across much of the Southeast. Many areas have already received their average annual rainfall for the year, and a lot of that came the later part of June through the July 4 holiday. Four to five inches of rain a week for several weeks left fields flooded and growers trying to get into them to wrestle back weeds and diseases. Here’s what it looked like in several location the first week of July.
1. Swamped peanuts in Colquitt County, Ga., July 11.
THE MIDDLE of a peanut field in Colquitt County, Ga. July 11, 2013, remained washed out after several days of two to three inches of rain.
2. Peanuts start to dry in Lee County, Ga., second week of July.
THIS PEANUT field in Lee County, Ga., second week in July starts to dry out, finally.
3. Tobacco flooded in Clark County, Ky., early July. Kenny Seabold, UK.
A TWO-INCH flash flood in 30 minutes covers young tobacco in Clark County, Ky., in early July. Much of Kentucky’s burley growing regions received eight to 10 inches of rain over the July 4 holiday weekend, wilting and crippling the crop in what some call the worst weather event to hit the crop in decades. Photo credit: Kenny Seebold, UK Extension.
4. Tobacco wilts in Metcalfe County, KY. Brandon Bell, UK Extension Metcalfe.
TOBACCO wilts in Metcalfe County, Ky. Photo by Brandon Bell, UK Extension Metcalfe County agent.
5. Corn soaking up rain.
THOUGH corn growers found it tough to plan and apply fungicides to fight disease, corn, overall, looks good.
6. Corn soaking up rain.
THOUGH CORN growers found it tough to plan and apply fungicides to fight disease, corn, overall, looks good.
7. Cotton plant struggles in flooded part of Randolph County, Ga., field July 13.
A COTTON PLANT struggles to recover in a low-lying washed out part of field in Randolph County, Ga. July 13.
8. Pigweed thrives in Colquitt County, Ga., field, growing two to three inches a day.
GEORGIA cotton growers found themselves well behind on implementing their weed-management plans. Growing two to three inches a day, Palmer amaranth thrived as growers could only watch.