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Zack Snipes reports, “It’s hot in the Lowcountry! We are just about finished on all summer crops. Bell peppers and rabbiteye blueberries should finish up this week. We are still picking some okra and hot peppers. Keep an eye out for worms in the coming weeks. I am seeing some basil downy mildew on basil. I have seen lots of ant and cricket damage on recently planted hemp.”
Justin Ballew reports, “It’s been hot and humid. Some lucky folks have gotten some isolated showers, but overall, we need rain badly. The humidity is allowing powdery mildew to pick up on cucurbits and pickleworms are showing up heavy in some fields. Hemp is doing well so far. We are seeing some mite, caterpillar, and cutworm activity.”
Sarah Scott reports, “The peach crop in the Ridge is looking good. Varieties are getting ready a couple weeks early and there is an abundance of fruit being picked.”
Pee Dee Region
Bruce McLean reports, “The recent rain showers have really helped the area crops. Cantaloupe and watermelons are seeing some good volumes coming out of the field. Mid season cucumbers are looking good as well. A consistent volume of peas are being picked and looking great. Sweet corn volumes are starting to fall off as the season is winding down. Muscadines are starting to size pretty well, and are looking very good.”
Tony Melton reports, “Butterbean harvest will be in full swing this week and it seems this week and next maybe our total spring harvest. Processing peas will begin harvest this week if rains hold off. Processing peppers are being harvested and will continue for next 4 weeks. Also, processing tomatoes are being harvested and will continue for 4 weeks. Harvest of second planting of pickles for processing will begin this week. Last of the collards for processing will be harvested this week.”
Kerrie Roach reports, “In apple news, we are about 2 weeks from picking the early golden varieties and about 4 weeks out from Galas. Hail damage is wreaking havoc at many orchards, and we are hoping for some clear weather for a few weeks to finish out the prime growing season. Peaches have finally come in and are looking good right now. Later varieties of peaches at many orchards in the upstate are seeing between a 70-80 percent crop loss.”