The typical summer weather pattern has brought thunderstorms to the region almost every day lately — a blessing for local farmers.
Crops are “looking pretty good,” Bulloch County Extension Agent Carole Knight said.
But an early spring, a mild winter and lots of rain have invited problems such as disease and pests.
“We have rust in the corn and soybeans, and kudzu bugs are here now,” Knight said.
Despite that, row crops are reacting well to the recent rains, which have helped ease drought
conditions, she said.
“Corn is looking really good but, of course, farmers who irrigate have crops looking far better,” Knight said. “The 100-degree days have played havoc on all our crops.”
More rain means more weeds, too, but “we’re so glad to see some moisture coming through, the weeds are worth it,” she said.
Parts of Bulloch County received up to 1½ inches of rain last week.
The precipitation that has graced the region during the past month first came from a tropical storm system, but the more recent rains are the result of a “lee trough,” said Doug Berry, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Charleston, S.C.
This weather pattern develops on the lee side of the Appalachian Mountains, sending thunderstorms drifting towards the coast in the evening, he said.
Paired with an Atlantic high system along the coast, this causes the almost daily bouts of scattered thunderstorms, Berry said.
He added that above-normal rainfall and temperatures are expected to continue for at least the next 10 days.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.