By admin       2018-05-19

Spot cotton trading was inactive. Supplies and producer offerings were light. Demand was moderate. Average local spot prices were lower. Trading of CCC-loan equities was inactive. Planting advanced at a rapid pace across the lower Southeast early in the period as sunny and dry conditions prevailed over the weekend. Daytime high temperatures were in low 90s, but dipped to the upper 70s to 80s during the week as overcast conditions and wet weather entered the region. Producers welcomed widespread shower activity during the week, which brought one-half to one inch of weekly accumulated moisture to localized areas throughout Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, and central Georgia. Heavier accumulations of up to 2 inches of precipitation were received along the Atlantic coastal areas of Georgia.In Alabama, producers had begun irrigating emerging cotton in areas that had missed rainfall. In Georgia, the beneficial moisture will allow dryland farmers to resume planting where soils had become hard and dry. Some fields will have to be replanted where moisture arrived too late to invigorate emerging seedlings, and also some earlier-planted fields where cool soils hindered good plant populations at germination. Planting activity expanded rapidly in the Carolinas and Virginia as mostly fair to sunny conditions prevailed early in the period with daytime high temperatures in the mid-80s to mid-90s. The hot and dry conditions slowed planting activity in some areas of the Carolinas where soil moisture conditions deteriorated and producers waited for rainfall. Reports indicated irrigation was utilized every day in fields where available. Later in the week, a storm system drifted north along the Atlantic Coast and produced shower activity over the Carolinas and Virginia. Producers welcomed wet weather, which helped replenish sub-soil moisture. Rainfall totals measured from one-quarter of an inch to one-half of an inch in some areas. Wet weather, which is in the near term forecast, will idle planters.

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