By admin       2018-10-01

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. The crop advanced across the lower Southeast region under mostly fair to cloudy skies and seasonably warm conditions. Daytime high temperatures were in the upper 80s to lower 90s. Scattered thunderstorms brought moisture to widespread areas throughout Alabama and the Florida panhandle. Weekly accumulated rainfall totals measured from 1 to 2 inches, with heavier accumulations observed locally. In Georgia, soil moisture conditions deteriorated in areas that have missed precipitation in recent weeks. Fruit shedding was reported on the top crop in some dryland fields, due to dry conditions. Bolls were cracking open throughout the region and defoliation was getting underway. Harvesting activity had begun in the most mature fields in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Some gins had begun pressing operations and the Macon Classing Office received the first samples for the season. The crop made good progress in the Carolinas and Virginia under sunny to cloudy conditions. Daytime high temperatures varied from the mid-80s to low 90s. Thundershowers brought moisture to portions of central Virginia and central South Carolina. Rainfall totals measured around 1 to 2 inches. Clean up efforts were underway and producers continued to assess damage from Hurricane Florence. In coastal areas of North and South Carolina where the Intracoastal Waterway and the Black, Great Pee Dee, Waccamaw, and Sampit rivers meet the sea; residents were evacuating and preparing for additional flooding as floodwaters flow downstream and rivers were forecast to rise 2 to 4 feet. Reports indicated heavy yield losses in these areas as cotton was blown out of the boll or strung out from storm winds. Local experts also reported seed sprouting in bolls that were drenched from the storm. In Virginia, fieldwork remained at a standstill due to wet conditions. Elsewhere in the Carolinas, defoliation was expanding and harvesting was underway in the earliest-planted fields. Some gins had begun pressing operations and the Florence Classing Office received the first samples for the season.

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