North Carolina Field Reports: Salvaging Fields from Florence

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 7, 2018.

Extension County Comments

Mike Carroll – Carteret County Extension
Attempting to salvage corn with poor to fair results. Evaluation of feasible cotton harvest difficult due to excessive lint loss and tangled stalks.

Mike Carroll – Craven County Extension
Field work is limited to attempts to salvage corn, applying defoliant materials to cotton, digging peanuts and cleaning field/farm roads of debris. Corn harvest is slow and resulting in poor to fair yield and quality. Based on limited digging, potential peanut yield will be fair in spite of storm damage.

Julia Houck – Ashe-Alleghany County Extension
Rain has delayed the cutting of silage and hay. Producers are rushing to try to finish silage harvest before Hurricane Michael comes ashore. Temperatures are warm for this time of year.

Robert Hawk – Swain County Extension
No Rainfall over the period, which is the driest period in months. Temperatures well above normal.

Al Wood – Pasquotank County Extension
Little to no rain has allowed soybean to be harvested as well as preparing land for planting of wheat, mowing and cleaning ditches. Sweet potatoes are still be harvested and cabbage are looking good. Cabbage harvest should start within the next 2 weeks.

Stanley Holloway – Yancey County Extension
Weather conditions for the week were predominately dry with above average temperatures. A few widely scattered rain showers brought some light precipitation to parts of the county with most areas receiving only a trace to less than .1″. Temperatures were unseasonably warm with highs in the lower 80’s. Most hay producers took advantage of the drier weather to finish harvesting second cutting hay. Corn silage harvest is nearly complete and the burley tobacco crop has been cut and in the barn.

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Stephen Bishop – Cleveland SWCD
Conditions are a little on the dry side in Cleveland County. Soybean harvest is underway.

Daniel Simpson – Pamlico County Extension
Soybean harvest has started for growers. Yields as a result of excessively wet growing conditions and hurricane Florence are poor. Some field work has also started.

Mark Seitz/Tim Mathews – Pender County Extension
Hurricane Florence ripped this area apart. Crop damage ranges from light to severe. Blueberry fields were completely under water. Corn was about 85% harvested prior to the storm and growers are trying to salvage the remaining acres. Soybean harvest started. Some yields are OK, some are a disaster. Quality is marginal. Hay demand will be high throughout the region through the winter. NCSU & NCDA are working on plans to help with hay donations and assessing demand.


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