North Carolina Field Reports: Hurricane Florence – Damage Assessments Underway

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 16, 2018.

County Extension Comments

Charles Mitchell – Franklin County Extension
Hurricane Florence dropped about 6 inches of rain over the last week in Franklin County. There may be standing water in some soybean fields, but they should be fine. Our harvest of the tobacco crop will be delayed, but it will begin to ripen quickly after the storm and we may not have enough barns to save it. There is some wind damage to the crop, but it was spared the worst. This year’s tobacco crop has experienced all the stresses it can take. Pastures needed the rain we received to rejuvenate them.

Brandon Poole – Agronomist Region 8
Assessment of crop impacts from Florence will begin early this week. Overall I expect corn and soybean impacts to be low except for flood prone areas. The tobacco crop in the region will have the most impact from the hurricane.

Don Nicholson – Agronomist Region 7
Excessive rains and winds from Hurricane Florence have damaged the tobacco crop. It is unclear what will be the final result will be for that crop and others as waters recede.

Tim Britton – Johnston County Extension
Hurricane Florence dumped 10-15 inches in Johnston County. We expect some fields to be flooded and have wind damage.

Gary Cross – Person County Extension
Hurricane Florence will drop rain and wind. Next week will show what damage to crops has occurred.

Paul McKenzie – Warren County Extension
Peripheral effects from Hurricane Florence put a stop to field work during the latter part of the week. Farmers worked overtime to harvest tobacco prior to the storm’s arrival, as the potential impact was unknown. Fortunately, while Warren County has experienced windy and rainy conditions, there was nothing too severe. Scattered temporary power outages occurred. Rain is predicted for a few more days, which will further delay field activities.

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Paul Westfall – Granville Extension
Harvest continued until the hurricane stopped progress. So far only low lying areas have been affected by wind or flooding. Less rain than expected fell during the week as the storm turned south. Farmers experienced spotty power outages due to the weather conditions. Pastures are still in decent shape, and livestock is in good condition, with some farmers moving herds out of lower areas. Farmers in this area have been fortunate.

Danny Tharrington – Wilson County FSA
Damage assessments being conducted in Wilson County from effects of Hurricane Florence.

Phillip Winslow – NCSU Lower Coastal Station
NCSU Cunningham Research Station received 13” of rain from Florence.


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