Seminole Crop E News

Agricultural News for Farmers and Agribusiness in SW Georgia

Very Wet July

Posted by romeethredge on August 2, 2013

June was wet but July was wetter. I talked to Farmer Wayne Carr and he said that this is his 64th crop he has grown on his own, he helped with some before that, and he has never seen a year like this one. He said, “I’ve never seen a July where you couldn’t do field work with a tractor all month.” It truly rained almost every day of July which is generally a month when our groundwater levels are low and our creeks and rivers are low as well. Three times the normal rainfall fell. We have received 51.7 inches of rain so far this year and our normal yearly amount is 54 inches. We are 16 inches ahead for the year.

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Here's the accumulated rainfall for the past 30 days.

Here’s the accumulated rainfall for the past 30 days.

Plenty of water and ponds for gators to enjoy life these days. This one was crossing Hwy 39 this week.

Plenty of water and ponds for gators to enjoy life these days. This one was crossing Hwy 39 this week.

James Barber who lives on Spring Creek said yesterday the creek is overflowing out of its banks and that is something he has never seen in July or August.

There are wet spots like this one in fields all over and it totals up to many acres that will have reduced yields in all crops this year. Later planted peanuts are hurt the most and have large yellow areas in them. See Aerial photo below by Brad Thompson, that shows the yellow areas in the peanut field due to moisture. A few days of sunshine and drying out will greatly help this problem.

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A grower tried to run the layby rig in this cotton field and got stuck and 2 more tractors got stuck trying to get him out. Getting stuck has been a very common occurrence this year.

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