North Carolina Field Reports: Mostly Dry, Still Some Showers

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 10, 2018.

Extension County Commentary

Julia Houck – Alleghany /Ashe FSA
Weather this past week was very good for hay harvest. Some scattered showers. Corn is looking good. Vegetable crops are looking good.

Robert Hawk – Swain County Extension
This period has seem some drying from the tropical moisture of the previous weeks. Topsoil moisture is “Average Wet” and subsoil moisture is saturated. Some hay was cut and baled with the dry weather, but some hay fields still standing and beyond maturity. Isolated Thunderstorms produced some rainfall of .25″ to 1″ across the counties in spotty locations. Temperatures were warm with highs in 80s and lows in 60s.

Brandon Poole – Agronomist Region 8
Great progress was made last week with remaining first cutting on hay being completed. Tobacco transplanting was for the most part completed last week. Corn crop is highly variable with early corn that was delayed on side-dress stressing for nitrogen. Later planted corn is poor in the low areas of fields.

Charles Mitchell – Franklin County Extension
We finally had a dry enough week to start harvesting small grain and plant soybeans. We also needed a little dry weather on the tobacco crop. Disease did start showing up in the tobacco crop. We saw some TSW and Granville Wilt showing up in some fields. The drier weather made it possible to cut hay again.

Zachary Taylor – Lee County Extension
Busy week as everyone tried to catch up from delays caused by wet weather in the previous weeks. Tobacco crop is coming on fast and looking good for the most part, though spotty areas were lost or damaged due to drowning.

Gary Cross – Person County Extension
Fields drying up back to hot humid weather. Wheat harvest delayed by soils still too wet for combines. Tobacco crop improving but slowly. Corn is improving slowly, soybeans not done planting.

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Daniel Shires – Cleveland County Extension
Over wet conditions have led to wheat fungus and sprouting.

Mike Carroll – Carteret County Extension
Scattered rainfall, especially along coastal areas delaying or preventing field work. Farmers still trying to apply remaining nitrogen to corn. A small percent of soybean fields are likely to be replanted due to poor emergence due to standing water in fields.

Blake Sandlin – Duplin County Extension
We have had a lot of rainfall over the last 3 weeks ranging from 5-17inches of rain depending on the part of the county. This has drowned right many areas of corn. This has brought on many issues such as not being able to make lay by applications in corn, nutrient leaching issues in field crops, and replanting decisions. Farmers have been able to get in some fields this week. Wheat harvest picked up this week.

Mark Seitz/Tim Matthews – Pender County Extension
Severe thunderstorms in parts of the county is keeping farmers out of the fields. Wheat harvest, topdressing corn and soybean planting progress is slow. Water damage to some blueberries has occurred but picking continues with growers indicating prices are good. NC Blueberry Festival June 15-16.

Mac Malloy – Robeson County Extension
Soil conditions have dried out rapidly. Corn showing signs of stress as it enters the tasseling stage. Reports of above average yield for much of the wheat crop as harvest continues. Some growers waiting on rain before they resume soybean planting.


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