North Carolina Field Reports: Rapid Planting, Drier Conditions

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 12, 2019.

County Extension Comments

Charles Mitchell – Franklin County Extension
Tobacco transplanting is ending for Franklin County. Transplants look good in the field with no major issues. Small grain crop looks promising. Soybean planting started last week for many, but acreage may be downs due to prices. Pastures and hay fields have thrived recently. Industrial Hemp has been seeded in greenhouse with hopes of going to the field in a couple of weeks. Franklin County has about 400 acres permitted currently.

Stanley Holloway – Yancey County Extension
Rain later in the week limited field activities. Vegetable crop planting is just getting started and corn planting continues.

Paul Westfall – Granville County Extension
Crop work went into high gear during the week as fields dried enough to work. Many tobacco fields were planted; transplants are doing well. Corn planted the week before emerged and is growing well. Soybean planting started, too. Some hay was cut and baled, but growers are a bit afraid to cut because of frequent showers experienced so far, and weather forecasts of more of the same. Pastures are in good shape with lots of forage available.

Al Wood – Pasquotank County Extension
Need about an inch of rain. Corn planting is completed and the crop looks really good with uniform plant populations. Compared to previous years, we have a lot of full season soybean being planted and they are looking good as well. Wheat is in the grain filling and ripening stage and is looking very good. Cabbage and Irish potatoes are looking very good as well.

Cathy Herring – Central Crops Research Station
Dry conditions are starting to delay soybean and cotton planting. Very little rain over the weekend will intensify these concerns.

Blake Szilvay – Randolph County Extension
Buttercups are more prevalent this year in pastures and hayfields, even with the use of herbicides for control in some cases. Italian ryegrass one of the largest issues I am seeing in barley this year.

Stephen Bishop – Cleveland SWCD
Lots of hay being cut. Soybean planting has gotten underway. Corn looks good so far.

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Robert Hawk – Swain County Extension
Heavy rainfall with minor flooding late in period….3″-4″.

Daniel Simpson – Pamlico County Extension
Weather pattern remains dry. Most growers have completed corn planting and are working on soybeans. More corn acres than soybeans will be planted this year. We need some rain in the coming weeks.

Bruce Mclean – Bladen County Extension
Blueberries harvest is just starting. Volumes are light, but quality is good.

Mark Seitz – Penderk County Extension
Dry weather the last two weeks allowed farmers to finish planting corn. Soybean planting has started and field conditions are very good. Blueberry harvest started this week and strawberry harvest continues to go well and could last through the end of May.

Mike Carroll – Craven Co Extension
Planting of cotton and soybean progressing rapidly. Isolated areas of tobacco farmers replanting a few tobacco fields due to previous week’s strong winds and rains. Corn crop progressing rapidly.

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