North Carolina Field Reports: Lack of Moisture Slows Planting

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 19, 2019.

County Extension Comments

Stanley Holloway – Yancey County Extension
The week started off on the cool side with nighttime low temps in the mid 30’s and day time highs in the mid 50’s. There were some reports of light frost in parts of the county but no reported damage. Later in the week, temps were unseasonably warm with highs reaching into the mid 80’s. A few scattered rain showers limited field activities; however, precipitation levels were very light with most of the county receiving between a trace and .25″ of rain. Hay harvest has begun. Corn and vegetable planting continues.

Paul Westfall – Granville County Extension
Planting and transplanting moved into high gear with good weather for a whole week. Tobacco is doing well with a few reports of seedling disease or possible herbicide injury in a few fields. Corn is progressing well, and more soybeans were planted. A lot of hay was cut and baled during the week, and expect more to be cut this week. Pastures are in good shape with cool season grasses headed out, so forage growth is expected to slow as temperatures rise.

Cathy Herring – Central Crops Research Station
Increasingly dry conditions are causing delays in planting soybeans. All crops in the area need rain. The unseasonably high temperatures are not good for spring planted crops.

Julia Houck – Ashe County Extension
Crops are looking good. Scattered frost on May 15th but no reported damage. Starting to get a little dry and the scattered showers have helped but not all areas of the county received rainfall.

Mac Malloy – Robeson County Extension
Soil conditions have dried out rapidly with crops beginning to show signs of stress. Supplemental irrigation has begun. Planting continues for cotton, soybeans, and peanuts as soil moisture allows. Strawberry production declining with high temperatures.

Stephen Bishop – Cleveland County Extension
Lots of hay is being cut. Overall, the hay yield seems pretty good so far. Soybean planting is underway. Fields are starting to turn dry and could use a few rain showers this week.

Robert Hawk – Jackson County Extension
Temperatures from cool to warm with fair weather with rainfall slightly below average….less than <.50″.

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Brandon Poole – Alamance County Extension
The corn crop is starting off very strong but will be needing rainfall soon. The strawberry crop has had good yields so far and flavor last week was the best of the season. Tobacco transplanting made great progress last week but that will be slowed without rainfall.

Gary Cross – Person County Extension
Great week for planting some transplanted tobacco suffering from dry wind conditions. Corn planting almost done. Soybeans keep progressing. Wheat has been headed out for a while but is thin. Quite a bit of first cutting hay this week.

Mike Carroll – Craven County Extension
Excessive heat and low soil moisture stressing plants. Many farmers are delaying planting of soybean or cotton due to low soil topsoil moisture.

Paige Burns – Richmond County Extension
Based on future weather forecasts, areas may experience drought-like conditions over next two weeks.

Mark Seitz – Pender County Extension
Field conditions are getting dry. No significant rain has fallen in four weeks. Subsoil moisture is adequate to keep crops going but newly seeded soybeans will struggle to emerge if rain does not come. Pasture growth is slow in spite of hot weather the last two weeks. Wheat harvest will begin soon and projected yield could reach 100+ bushels per acre in a few locations.


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