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Cotton, Peanut Harvests Update

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Florida, Georgia, Peanuts

File photo shows cotton being harvested.

We saw good conditions for harvest last week, and across Southeast it helped in getting both the cotton and peanut crops out. USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey has the latest look at cotton harvest progress.

But Rippey says the peanut harvest has been delayed by the recent tropical weather.

In Alabama, 92% of the cotton bolls are open, which compares to 96% last year and the five-year average of 93%. Cotton harvest was 20% complete, while last year it was at 45% and the 5-year average of 44%. As for the peanut harvest, 68% had been dug, which compares to 88% last year. Forty-two percent had been harvested which compares to 78% last year and the 5-year average of 66%.

In Florida, 82% of the cotton bolls were open, which compares to 80% last year and the five-year average of 87%. Cotton harvest was only 5% complete, while last year it was at 26%, and the 5-year average is 17%. As for the peanut harvest, 80% had been dug, which compares to 88% last year and the 5-year average of 87%. Sixty-seven percent had been harvested, which compares to 77% last year and the 5-year average of 79%.

In Georgia, 90% of the cotton bolls were open, which compares to 96% last year and the five-year average of 95%. Cotton harvested was at 19%, which compares to 46% last year and the 5-year average of 32%. As for the peanut harvest, 62% had been dug which compares to 82% last year and the 5-year average of 74%. Peanuts harvested were at 42%, which compares to 69% last year and the 5-year average of 57%.