Sunflowers in Summer

Sunflowers blooming in Darlington County, S.C. Photo by Jana E. Pye

Sunflowers blooming in Darlington County, S.C.
Photo by Jana E. Pye

Unseasonably hot temperatures are not harming this year’s crop of sunflowers, as seen by this lovely field in Darlington County over the weekend.

According to a report from Jim Melvin, Clemson University College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Public Service and Agriculture, our area has been spared from damage – so far. “The same conditions that have been plaguing South Carolina’s northwest corner for several weeks have now leapfrogged into its center, leaving the Pee Dee region as one of the few that has escaped relatively unscathed. Meanwhile, Oconee, Pickens and Anderson counties have played the unenviable role of ‘ground zero’.”

In 2015, a long periods of heat and drought followed by a record rainfall ruined thousands of acres of crops and left many of the state’s farmers devastated. Local farmers are praying for plenty of rain to offset these early high temperatures.

Author: Jana Pye

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