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Roundup of Southeast crop conditions as of late May

Brad Haire of the Southeast Farm Press posted a story this week on crop conditions in Georgia, Florida and Alabama going into the end of May based on reports from the Weekly Crop Bulletins from USDA Ag Statistics. While most crop planting is about ten percent ahead of normal, the torrid and dry conditions that are expected for the end of the month are putting a damper on last-minute planting. Dryland crops will suffer from the complete lack of rain and record-busting temperatures near 100 F for at least the next week. The long-range models do put us back in a rainier pattern around June 1, so I hope that the crops will be able to survive until more moisture returns.  Hopefully that will mark a return to more normal conditions and frequent rain.  You can read Brad’s story here.

Cotton planted into oat residue. Source: USDA ARS