North Carolina Field Reports: Scattered Showers Offer Some Relief from Extreme Heat

Heat stressed corn. Photo: Justin Ballew, Clemson University

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

County Extension Comments

Stanley Holloway – Yancey County Extension
Above average temperatures and highly scattered thunderstorms predominated the week. Precipitation levels were highly variable across the county with some areas receiving little more than a trace, while other areas of the county received in excess of 2″ of rain for the week. Vegetable harvest continues and a few hay producers started harvesting second cutting hay.

Robert Hawk – Jackson/ Swain County Extension
Weather has been very warm with temperatures slightly above normal and rainfall near normal with scattered afternoon thundershowers, most locations getting between .5″ – 1.5″ of rainfall.

Gary Cross – Person County Extension
Extreme heat taking a toll on all crops.

Cathy Herring – Central Crops Research Station
Very hot temperatures have taken a toll on crops over the past week.

Mark Seitz – Pender County Extension
Scattered showers across the county have helped soil moisture and crop conditions keep pace with the excessive heat. Early planted corn is beginning to dry down. Soybeans are in good to very good shape – depending on soil moisture holding capacity. Pastures are rebounding some with recent rainfall but lack of soil fertility could be a limiting factor. Eastern Duplin County to the North of Pender has not gotten the rain that Pender has and crops there are struggling.

Tim Britton – Johnston County Extension
Hot and dry conditions for the week of 7/15-7/22. These conditions caused a few pop-up thunderstorms with limited rainfall.

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Charles Mitchell – Franklin County Extension
The heat wave and drought has created some up and down crops. Some tobacco is still knee high where some is over head height. Soybean planting is finally complete. Vegetable crops have suffered from the dry and hot conditions. Pasture and hay fields have suffered during the extreme weather conditions. As one farmer said, “Every year is different.”

Mike Carroll – Craven County Extension
Extreme heat and lack of rainfall continues to stress crops and delay field work. Insect pests at threshold in cotton and soybean as well as a few scattered tobacco fields.

Mac Malloy – Robeson County Extension
Intense heat is restricting plant growth and some needed spraying. Soil conditions are drying out in areas that have missed rains. Concerns of increased insect pressure moving forward.

Daniel Simpson – Pamlico County Extension
Dry, hot weather continues. Early corn will be ready for harvest in a couple of weeks. Early soybeans have added considerable growth, but later planted beans are feeling the effects of this hot weather.

AL Wood – Pasquotank County Extension
Recent rains have replenished soil moisture resulting in greatly improved conditions of crops such as corn, soybean and cotton. Abnormally high temperatures has adversely impacted crops such as corn and soybean on drought prone soils. With a few exceptions, cabbage harvest is complete as well as Irish potato harvest. Cabbage land is being prepared for the fall crop. Insect and/or disease issues of corn and soybean are being addressed as needed.

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