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North Carolina Field Reports: Rains Slow Harvest, Freeze Hits Soybeans

Ernst Undesser
From USDA November 13, 2017

North Carolina Field Reports: Rains Slow Harvest, Freeze Hits Soybeans

Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 12, 2017.

Extension Comments

Stanley Holloway – Yancey County Extension 
Weather conditions for the week started off warm but cooled considerably late week. Light rain and drizzle much of the week hampered Christmas tree harvest somewhat. Precipitation levels were light with most areas of the county only receiving between .5″-.8″ of rain. Farm activities other than Christmas tree harvest included some stripping of burley tobacco, tending livestock, and winterizing equipment. 

Charles Mitchell – Franklin County Extension 
The rain has slowed down soybean harvest. It is good to have rain for the small grain crops to emerge, but we need some dry weather to finish soybean harvest.

Paul Westfall – Granville County Extension
Recent rainfall was welcomed, but more is needed to keep crops in decent condition. There was a freeze across most of the county late in the week, so soybean leaf drop will speed up. Producers are reporting decent soybean yields in spite of dry weather during most of the fall. Pastures are short due to lack of moisture, with most producers starting to feed hay. A few cattlemen are starting to strip graze earlier than normal.

Al Wood – Pasquotank County Extension 
When conditions are favorable, farmers have been picking soybean and preparing land for and/or planting wheat. Cabbage harvest is well underway and the crops looks very good. Direct marketers are busy harvesting and selling local greens and other produce as people prepare for Thanksgiving.

Julia Houck – Ashe-Alleghany County Extension 
Christmas tree harvest is progressing well. Rain showers earlier in the week delayed corn and soybean harvest. 

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Daniel Simpson – Pamlico County Extension 
Showers have slowed soybean harvest. Good yields reported.

Robert Hawk – Swain County Extension 
Temperatures were above normal with some frost and freeze for the period with average rainfall of 1.25″ of widespread rainfall across Jackson and Swain Counties.

Tim Britton – Johnston County Extension 
Week of Drizzle and damp weather.

Roy Thagard – Greene County Extension 
Excess moisture last week delayed some potential harvest of cotton, beans, and sweet potatoes. Growers will probably be working to get cotton out of the field through Thanksgiving, which is a little late for our area. Because of that, quality may be reduced. We did have our first freezing temperature of the season over the weekend, though it seems the wind blew enough to not allow frost to form.

Howard Wallace – Hoke County Extension
Cotton and peanut yields are looking strong. Soybean harvest is slowly picking up.

Gary Cross – Person County Extension
Some rain slowed soybean harvest tobacco done, corn done, wheat planted.

Ernst Undesser
From USDA November 13, 2017