Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 17, 2017.
Dwayne Tate – Agronomist Region 12
Hurricane Irma dumped 3-5 inches of rain across region. Total crop damage from flooding and wind yet to be fully assessed.
Robert Hawk – Swain County Extension
Weather was drier than previous period after Tropical System Irma departed with only a widespread .25″ of rainfall across the counties and temperatures returning to near normal values. Much wind damage observed above 4,000 feet with large trees blown down in Jackson County on southerly facing slopes and in some mountain gaps.
Stanley Holloway – Yancey County Extension
The remnants of Hurricane Irma brought high winds and significant moisture to the county early in the week. Rainfall amounts were variable across the county and ranged from over 6″ or rain in the southern portions of the county to 2.5″ in the northern portions. There was some flooding associated with the storm system and approx. 3-5 acres of vegetable crops were damaged by flood waters.
High winds caused downed trees and power outages across the county with some crop damage especially to corn. Fortunately most of the burley tobacco crop had been cut at the time of the storm so there was very little damage to that crop. Hay producers took advantage of the drier weather later in the week to make good progress harvesting their second cutting.
Karen Blaedow – Henderson County Extension
Wet weather this year has lowered tomato yields considerably. Late season sweet corn will be harvested this week. Late season tomatoes will produce until first frost. Blackberries are finished being harvested. Raspberries are still in production.
Gary Cross – Person County Extension
Crops still in need of rain to finish. Tobacco harvest will continue into October. Corn yields are down what has been harvested.
Don Nicholson – Agronomist Region 7
Tobacco that was transplanted early is deteriorating and needs to be harvested, later transplanted is beginning to show deterioration and leaf diseases. Recent rains have helped soybean and peanut crops.
Paige Burns –Richmond County Extension
Little damage from hurricane Irma. Temperatures now are somewhat high and things are getting dry.
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Al Wood – Pasquotank County Extension
Corn harvest is nearing completion with only the very late planted corn still needing to be harvested. Early maturing, early planted soybeans are being harvested with more acres getting ready as indicated by fields going through senescence. Cabbage planting is in the latter stages and the crop is progressing very well.
Roy Thagard – Green County Extension
Crops continue to progress. Peanut digging and cotton defoliation will begin in the area in the next week to 10 days if conditions continue as they are forecasted. Tobacco continues to decline from disease and brown spot. Group 4 soybeans are dropping leaves and ready to harvest.
Brian Parrish – Harnett County Extension
Tobacco, sweet potato, and corn harvest is progressing well. Tobacco is not holding as well this year and is being harvested as fast as barn space will allow. Sweet potato crop seems to be yielding well.