North Carolina Field Reports: Storms Saturate Soils

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 5, 2018.

County Extension Comments

BLAKE Sandlin – Duplin County Extension
We have had a lot of rain this week ranging from 4 inches to 14 inches depending on the area. With the amount of rainfall that we have had the last two weeks, there was no field work done this week. Corn harvest began last week for one grower. The forecast is showing rain for the next 7 days as well.

Robert Hawk – Swain County Extension
This past period was “WET” with nearly 4″ widespread across Jackson and Swain counties. Temperatures near normal. Soils are “WET.”

Stephen Bishop – Cleveland SWCD
Wet weather limited any fieldwork this week. Most soybeans fields are looking good. It won’t be long till early corn starts drying down.

Don Nicholson – Agronomist Region 7
Recent storms have dropped tremendous amounts of rain in some areas, saturated soils and wind have led to blown down and leaning stalks of tobacco that required standing up. Most other crops have benefited from the rains but most growers need a break from rain to get back in the fields to continue harvesting and make some fertility adjustments.

Kathy Herring – Central Crops Research
Rain this past week has prevented many planned field activities.

Mac Mallow – Robeson County Extension
Field work delayed by rain most of the week.

Dwayne Tate – Agronomist Region 12
4-6 inches of rain fell across the region over 4-5 days.

Brandon Poole – Agronomist Region 8
Late planted soybeans are beginning to recover after recent rains. Growers had to stand tobacco up in some locations after thunderstorms last week.

Stanley Holloway – Yancey County Extension
Rain most days during the week seriously hindered field activities. Most of the county received between 2.5″ – 4.5″ of rain for the week. Some crop drowning, particularly in low lying areas of fields has occurred especially in corn crops and some tobacco fields.

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Tim Britton – Johnston County Extension
Last week’s rainfall was county wide with several areas getting several inches.

Al Wood – Pasquotank County Extension
Infrequent rains keep some fields from drying out and allowing the final double-cropping of grain sorghum or soybean behind Irish potato. Some fields of corn are approaching maturity. Drying conditions are needed for soybean and corn to be revitalized so that grain filling can be not be hindered.

Mike Carroll – Craven County Extension
Excessively wet soils and frequent rainfall prevented any field work for the second week in a row for most and almost three weeks for some. Isolated areas of poor growth of crops scattered, but, in spite of rainfall and cloudy conditions, crops generally remain unchanged. Limited soybean scouting reveals corn earworm approaching threshold in fields. Should the threshold be reached, aerial application will likely be the only means of application.

Daniel Simpson – Pamlico County Extension
Extremely wet conditions persist with constant rain all week. Corn harvest has been delayed, and soybean fields are showing signs of decline.

Gary Cross – Person County Extension
Heavy rains no field work. Needed rains on tobacco, corn and soybeans also pastures.

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