North Carolina Field Reports: Continued Rains, Flooding

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 21, 2019.

County Extension Comments

Dwayne Tate – Agronomist Region 12
Five inches of rain fell region wide. Flooding from rivers and creeks occurred in many Areas. Field conditions are in surplus moisture status once again.

Stanley Holloway – Yancey County Extension
Heavy rains late in the week resulted in flash flooding in several areas of the county. Some farmland was flooded as streams over flowed their banks; however, since Planting had not been done yet, no crop damage occurred. Precipitation levels were variable across the county ranging from 2.75″ to 5.5″ for week with the majority being received on Good Friday. Temperatures cooled considerably and there was some light frost mid-week that affected a few fruit blooms but damage was very light. There was also some snow in the higher elevations.

Gary Cross – Person County Extension
Some corn and soybeans planted still wet in many areas. Wheat is thin so are some pastures. Rain on Friday setting planting back.

Daniel Simpson – Pamlico County Extension
Soils are still very wet – hard to get any field work done. A little hay is being cut, but it is still pretty early for this area. Pastures are improving, but there are a lot of weeds present. Tobacco greenhouses are in good shape with few problems reported. Fertilizer applications still being made where possible. Low areas in wheat fields will likely be lost to wet conditions.

Mike Carroll – Craven Co Extension
Limited field included transplanting of tobacco and planting of corn. Rainfall of 1-5 inches over the weekend will hinder additional field work until later this week.

Charles Mitchell – Franklin County Extension
Last week was an extremely wet week. Field prep is still underway for tobacco. This week will be a busy week once it dries out. Tobacco acreage has not been determined yet until planting starts in the field. There has not been any soybeans planted yet. Pasture and hay fields are looking better since being fertilized and rainfall.

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Don Nicholson – Agronomist Region 7
Some progress being made in tobacco transplanting but as wet conditions linger the going is slow.

Cathy Herring – Central Crops Research Station
Rain and wind Friday made it impossible to plant or prepare land late in the week or over the weekend.

Mac Malloy – Robeson County Extension
On-again off-again field work and planting has many growers behind normal schedule. Small grains are heading with low head scab risk for most of the county. Strawberries seem to be good. The area received more rain with storm system that moved across the state last Friday. Some structural damage reported from high winds including a center pivot being overturned in southern St Pauls.

Danny Tharrington – Wilson County FSA
Wilson County has spots that are very wet again, due to storms on Friday April 19, 2019.

Robert Hawk – Swain County Extension
Above normal rainfall with flooding, 2″-6″. Temperatures near normal.

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