By admin       2018-09-17

Spot cotton trading was inactive. Supplies and producer offerings were light. Demand was moderate. Average local spot prices were higher. Trading of CCC-loan equities was inactive. Fair to mostly cloudy conditions prevailed over the lower Southeast region during the period. Daytime high temperatures were in the mid-80s to low 90s with overnight lows in the low 70s. Widespread thunderstorms brought moderate precipitation to areas throughout Alabama and the Florida panhandle. Weekly accumulated precipitation totals measured 1 to 3 inches, with locally heavier measurements recorded in some locales. The crop progressed well. Producers continued fieldwork between rain events. Aerial sprays were applied in fields inaccessible to tractor sprayers. Light scattered precipitation was received throughout most of Georgia, with coastal areas receiving around 1 inch of weekly accumulated moisture. Producers increased irrigation schedules as soil moisture conditions deteriorated. Defoliation should begin in the next week to 10 days in the earliest-planted fields. Whitefly pressure remained a concern in later planted cotton and producers scouted fields for infestations. Producers along Atlantic coastal areas were cautiously eyeing the approach of Hurricane Florence, which made landfall late in the week. Georgia’s governor declared a state of emergency for all counties as Hurricane Florence approached the coast. Mostly sunny to partly cloudy conditions prevailed over the Carolinas and Virginia during the period with variable daytime high temperatures in the upper 70s to lower 90s. Scattered rain showers and thunderstorms brought moisture to central and coastal areas of the upper Southeast region. Rainfall accumulations measured from 1 to 2 inches during the week, with isolated heavier downpours observed in some localized areas. The crop made good progress. Very little cotton has been defoliated in the upper southeastern region. Fieldwork was suspended as producers eyed Hurricane Florence with great caution as it made landfall in the Carolinas. States of emergency were declared in the Carolinas and Virginia in anticipation of Hurricane Florence and the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal emergency aid is being made available to provide appropriate assistance for disaster relief efforts.

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