North Carolina Field Reports: Harvest Continues – 1st Freeze

Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 21, 2018.

County Extension Comments

Gary Cross – Person County Extension
Person county experienced a week of dry weather that allowed for crop harvest and wheat planting to continue.

Daniel Simpson – Pamlico County Extension
Some additional soybean acres were harvested this week. Yields remain poor as a result of severe wetness all season.

Mac Malloy – Robeson County Extension
Harvest continues where dry field conditions allow with variable yields. Land being prepared for small grain planting.

Robert Hawk – Swain County Extension
First Frost and Freeze to the river valleys of Jackson and Swain Counties on October 21 & 22 with temperatures near 30-32 F each morning. Therefore growing season is over officially. Rainfall was near .50″, which is near normal for the period. Soil moisture is “Average WET.” Apples are harvested and Sorghum production continues. Hay harvest has ended.

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Stanley Holloway – Yancey County Extension
Near normal weather conditions for the week with some scattered light precipitation. Precipitation levels were variable across the county and ranged from nearly 1″ in the northern portions of the county to around .25″ in most areas. Temperatures cooled considerably later in the week with most areas of the county receiving the first frost as lows dipped into the lower 30’s. There were some reports of snow flurries in the higher elevations as well. Most crop harvesting has been completed, except for corn for grain.

Mark Seitz/Tim Mathews – Pender County Extension
Cool weather finally arrived late in the week. Soybean harvest has been slow with quality varying significantly by site and maturity group. Pastures and hay availability are the major concerns in Pender County today. At least four major hay suppliers in the region have lost nearly 11,000 round bales of hay in Florence.

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