North Carolina Field Reports: Dry Conditions Aid Harvest, Slow Small Grain Planting

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 8, 2017.

Extension Comments

Janice Nicholson- Rutherford County Extension
Dry conditions are a hindrance to fall planting but it has been great weather for a third cutting of hay.

Charles Mitchell – Franklin County Extension
Franklin County is still extremely dry. Pastures renovation is becoming difficult due to the 25 day drought. Planting of small grains are slow as well. We have received a limited amount of rainfall, but we could use more. Hopefully, we will receive it this week.

Paul McKenzie- Warren County Extension
No rain last week. Very dry. Lots of hay baling going on (fescue).

Danelle Cutting – Rowan County Extension
Finally received some rain, some areas were close to an inch while others were considerably less.

Paige Burns – Richmond County Extension
Extremely dry, with above average temperatures.

Norman Harrell – Wilson County Extension
A few growers are planting rapeseed this year.

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Blake Sandlin – Duplin County Extension
Has been very dry for the last few weeks. Cotton and soybean harvest is underway. Peanuts and Sweet Potato’s are being dug. Corn and tobacco harvest is wrapping up.

Georgia Love – Agronomist Region 5
Dry weather has allowed for significant gains in harvest of all crops. Rain is needed in much of the region for the remaining soybean crop. Cotton and peanut yields are reported as excellent so far. Most of the corn crop in this region has been above average except for some areas which did not receive needed rainfall in time.

Robert Hawk – Swain County Extension
Dry spell came to end on October 7th with a good widespread rainfall of 2″ in valleys and nearly 7″ on Cashiers Plateau from Tropical Depression Nate on September 7-8. Temperatures have been near normal with above normal in later half of period. Cover crops are up and doing well.

Gary Cross – Person County Extension
Extremely dry pasture/ hayfields in bad shape feeding hay, other crops suffering from dry conditions, tobacco, soybeans.

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