Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 28, 2018.
County Extension Comments
Gary Cross – Person County Extension
Wet weather at the end of the week. Tobacco harvest done. Corn harvest wrapping up as soon as it dries off. Wheat planting still going on will continue till the end of the month.
Mac Malloy – Robeson County Extension
Cotton and soybean harvest continues with yields below earlier expectations. Dry weather in August appears to have had a significant impact on some maturity groups. Cotton is variable with most damage following recent storms. Small grain planting has begun but planting intentions are somewhat down.
Robert Hawk – Swain County Extension
Temperatures have been near normal with some frost. Rainfall has been above normal with 1.25″ widespread across the two counties of Jackson and Swain. Pastures still growing with cool season grasses looking good. Unsure about winter wheat progress, will scout that this week.
Al Wood – Pasquotank County Extension
Recent rains have replenished soil moisture, but more could be used. Cabbage harvest will start next week. A small number of acres of wheat have been planted and with the current soil and weather conditions, planting of wheat planting should continue. Soybean harvest is nearing the end.
Mike Carroll – Carteret-Craven County Extension
Carteret – Harvest continues but was slowed by 1-2 inches of rainfall. Yield of all crops lower than desired.
Craven – Harvest continues with cotton, peanut and soybean crops. Both cotton and peanut yield low in areas adversely affected by Hurricane Florence.
Blake Sandlin – Duplin County Extension
Wheat planting has begun in Duplin County. Soybean harvest is under way. Growers are still harvesting sweet potatoes and peanuts.
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Mark Seitz/Tim Mathews – Pender County Extension
Emergency hay and feed relief work continues. Farmers are trying to get pastures seeded with winter grasses to have grazing options for the winter. Soybean harvest continued this week with some farmers planting wheat immediately behind the combine. Soybean yields and quality are below normal levels. Some areas in the county received light frost which should help late maturing bean canopies finish drying out.
Jacob Morgan – Jones County Extension
After harvest has begun cotton losses are possibly higher than originally thought due to hurricane Florence.
Daniel Simpson – Pamlico County Extension
Rain at the end of the week stopped soybean harvest. Soybean harvest is moving very slowing due to late planting caused by excessive rains earlier in the year.