North Carolina Field Report: Rains Alleviate Drought, Some Flood Concerns

Drought stressed corn. Photo: University of Minnesota

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 9, 2019.

Extension County Comments

Cater Askew – Agronomist Region 1
Prior to rainfall starting around 6/1 the region was extremely dry. Rainfall amounts from 2″ to 5+” occurred between 6/1 and 6/9 with more in the forecast 6/10-6/12. Some places have now gotten too much rain and are running the risk of drowning out crops. Majority of the wheat has been harvested. Wheat that is left is starting to see test weight fall. Most crops other than soybeans are in the ground with the exception of some cotton.

Stanley Holloway – Yancey County Extension
Heavy rain beginning mid-week limited field activities and resulted in some flash flooding in some low lying areas of the county. Precipitation levels were variable across the county and ranged from around 5.5″ in the northern portions of the county to around 10.5″ in the southern portions.

Robert Hawk – Jackson/ Swain County Extension
Very dry at first of period, very wet latter half of period. 2″-6″ of rainfall in later. Temperatures near normal.

Georgia Love – Agronomist Region 5
Rainfall across the region has alleviated some of the drought stress. However, there are still areas that have not received enough rain to help recently planted soybeans germinate adequately or badly damaged corn recover. Growers expected a quick recovery, but extremely damaged crops have been slow to overcome the drought damage.

Steve Dillion – Agronomist Region 14
Excessive rainfall in Catawba has flooded cropped, lodged wheat and swept away roads.

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Cathy Herring – Central Crops Research Station
Rain over the weekend is a welcomed relief to the extremely dry conditions that have persisted in the area for several weeks. Some small grain harvest will be delayed a few days. However the moisture was critical for corn and vegetable crops.

Charles Mitchell – Franklin County Extension
The tobacco crop is up and down in Franklin County. Some areas have received early rains and others did not see any rain for three weeks after planting. This past weekend we received a downpour of 4 inches of rain or more. This has now led to some other challenges of fields washing out and some tobacco drowning. This rain was much needed for hay and pastures. Vegetable crops had also suffered from the lack of rain over the past month.

Janice Nicholson – Rutherford County Extension
Fields and pastures have been dry up until the end of this week but it has been an excellent opportunity to cut hay. Much needed rain has started and should continue through the weekend which may delay the planting of corn and soybeans.

Daniel Simpson – Pamlico County Extension
Much need rain occurred at the end of the week, but totals varied greatly across the county. Cooler temperatures arrived with rain, helping corn as some early corn is beginning to silk.

Paul Westfall – Granville County Extension
There has been a lot of replanting of tobacco in several areas of the county due to heat and dry weather. Several farmers were irrigating right after transplanting during the extremely dry period recently experienced. Rainfall late in the week helped all crops. Corn was twisting up pretty badly and growth had just about stopped. Rainfall has helped corn tremendously and it looks much better. Soybeans have been slow to emerge after planting due to dry soil conditions, and growth has been slow. Forage quality in pastures and hay fields has dropped considerably due to early maturity of cool season grasses.


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