North Carolina Field Reports: Wet Conditions Continue to Slow Harvest

Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 4, 2018.

County Extension Comments

Stanley Holloway – Yancey County Extension
Weather conditions were pretty normal for the week with highs mainly in the upper 60’s and lows in the upper 20’s/lower 30’s. Scattered rain showers brought varying levels of precipitation to the county with most areas received between .7″-1.25″ of rain. Some snow flurries occurred in the higher elevations. Christmas tree harvest is beginning as most other crop harvesting has been completed. 

Mac Malloy – Robeson County Extension
Harvest activities are progressing. Field conditions remain a little wet in areas which has limited field work and planting of small grains.

Robert Hawk – Swain County Extension
Weather was seasonable with nearly 1″ of rain with temperatures near normal with some frost and light freeze for the period.

Al Wood – Pasquotank County Extension
Little to no rain fall has allowed for the planting of wheat, harvesting of soybean and cabbage. Cabbage crop looking very good as well as emerged wheat has very good plant populations. Other tasks being carried out are mowing and cleaning of ditches.

Noah Henson – Henderson County Extension
Cooler temps are allowing fescue to grow a little. Most all winter wheat has been planted. Producers that stock piled forage are still sitting good, some however have started feeding hay.

Paul Westfall – Granville County Extension
Fall hay harvest is just about complete. Tobacco harvest is finished, with leaf harvested after the hurricanes pretty low quality. Wheat planting is in full swing when soil conditions permit. There are a lot of wet fields. Soybeans are still dropping leaves, with a few fields being harvested when moisture is low enough. Wet weather is delaying harvest, and there is concern about crop loss due to wet conditions at harvest.

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Stephen Bishop – Cleveland SWCD
Soybean harvest is underway, but lots of rain showers are limiting progress.

Mark Seitz/Tim Mathews – Pender County Extension
Soybean harvest is going slow because beans are not maturing. Frost is needed to kill off and dry out late maturity group beans. Some wheat is getting planted. The extended warm weather is helping blueberries that were flooded reset leaves, necessary for blossom set for 2019 but crop volumes based on flood damage will likely be noticeably lower in 2019.

Janice Nicholson – FSA Rutherford County Extension
Producers are cutting hay, harvesting corn and soybeans between showers this week.

Daniel Simpson – Pamlico County Extension
Wet weather continues to delay harvest of soybeans.


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