North Carolina Field Reports: Scattered Showers Bring Welcome Relief

Rain clouds moving towards maturing peanut field. Photo: Andrew Sawyer, University of Georgia

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 14, 2019.

County Extension Comments

Stanley Holloway – Yancey County Extension
Scattered rain showers and thunderstorms limited field activities in some areas of the county. Some of the storms brought significant rainfall over a short period of time resulting in minor flash flooding. Precipitation levels were variable across the county with most areas receiving around 1.5″; however, parts of the southern portion of the county reported over 4″ of rain. Temps were near normal to slightly above normal.

Robert Hawk – Jackson/ Swain County Extension
Typical July weather with warm and wet conditions with widespread scattered PM Thundershowers. Rainfall in some locations 2.5+” and others only a .25″, however the coverage of rainfall was that most got some good rainfall. Everything is green!

Gary Cross – Person County Extension
Dry with high humidity all crops under stress.

Cathy Herring – Central Crops Research Station
Rain received the past seven days has helped crops tremendously.

Michael Yoder – Wake County Extension
Spotty storms provided substantial rain for some across both the northern and southern parts of the county. Pastures look as good as they have in a long time. Wheat is harvested, while soybeans and tobacco look strong. In general, crops look good but heat is on the way.

Carrie Ortel – Pitt County Extension
Irrigated crops are doing well. The two droughts have taken a toll on all dry land crops. Insect pressure is high.

Mark Seitz – Pender County Extension
Wide spread showers returned across Pender County this week. Water will help field corn fill ears and finish but much of the corn had already pollinated during drought conditions so yield reductions will be widespread. Rain has boosted soybeans stands and yield potential with many fields just starting to flower and set pods and water will help grass production in pastures and for
baled hay production later this summer.

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Charles Mitchell – Franklin County Extension
Summer heat and dry weather is beginning to take a toll on field crops and pastures. Some disease is now showing up in tobacco due to stress. Soybeans are trying to grow, but lack of moisture has set them back some. We still have soybeans being planting in Franklin County last week. The vegetable crops are showing signs of stress now as well.

Mike Carroll – Craven County Extension
Scattered rainfall from 1.5-5.0 inches provided drought relief for tobacco, cotton, peanut, sweet potato, and soybean crops yet too late for most corn. While this provides temporary relief from drought, extreme heat continues to slow plant growth. Field work, while still limited due to heat, involves topping and sucker control for tobacco: herbicide application to peanut and soybean crops: and, spot application of plant growth regulators for cotton.

Stephen Bishop – Cleveland County Extension
Thunderstorms have field crops doing ok in most parts of the county.

Paige Burns – Richmond County Extension
Very dry in many parts of the county. From May to July, the northern area of the county has received significant rainfall (over 8 inches) while areas in the southern end have received under 5 inches.

Don Nicholson – Agronomist Region 7
Recent rains have most crops improving.

Daniel Simpson – Pamlico County Extension
Rain during the week brought much needed moisture and a slight reprieve from high temperatures. Soybeans are finally starting to grow, with some areas showing signs of poor growth from drought conditions followed by excessively wet conditions.


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