By admin       2018-08-18

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. Fair to partly cloudy conditions were observed across the lower Southeast region during the period. Daytime high temperatures were in the upper 80s to low 90s throughout the week. Scattered thundershowers brought moisture to areas from the Gulf to Atlantic coasts. In south Alabama, south Georgia, and the Florida panhandle, day-to-day shower activity brought around one to one and one-half inches of weekly accumulated precipitation to localized areas. Producers welcomed the beneficial rainfall in areas of Alabama where dry conditions were observed. Insect pressure was generally light; some fields were treated where foliage feeders met threshold levels. In Georgia, target spot disease had spread in areas where damp conditions persisted. Adult whiteflies were also present in some fields. Similar weather conditions were observed across the upper Southeastern region throughout the period. Daytime high temperatures were observed in the mid-80s to low 90s. Widespread shower activity brought moisture to areas throughout North Carolina and portions of eastern South Carolina and Virginia. Weekly accumulated precipitation totals measured from one-half of an inch to two inches, with heavier accumulations observed in localized areas. Continued rainfall over the last couple of weeks has prevented producers from applying growth-regulators in some fields and there is concern that yields will be negatively impacted. Weed pressure has also increased in areas where herbicide applications have been delayed. Insect pressure was generally light. In areas where populations met threshold limits, producers treated fields where soils were firm enough to support equipment. Bolls were cracking open in the earliest-planted fields across the region. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Crop Progress report released August 13, boll-setting had reached 89 percent in Alabama, 84 in Georgia, 78 in North Carolina, 75 percent in South Carolina and Virginia.

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