North Carolina Field Reports: Scattered Showers Help, More Rain Needed

Drought stressed corn.

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 11, 2019.

County Extension Comments

Mark Seitz – Pender County Extension
Scattered showers and thunderstorms, some with hail, moved through Saturday. Some farms reported 2.5 inches of rain. Hail damage was minimal. Pastures and spray fields are rebounding nicely since mid-July and farmers are indicating with a good late cutting of hay they will be in good shape for the winter. Army worms in pastures have been a problem this week. Corn harvest has started with some growers reporting 40 bushel per acre yields on early maturing varieties. Soybeans continue to look good.

Janice Nicholson – Rutherford County
Corn and soybeans are showing the stress of the drier conditions and intense heat. We definitely could use some rain.

Gary Cross – Person County Extension
Dry conditions crops struggling.

Paul Westfall – Granville County Extension
Showers through the week helped, but were spotty. Most of the county got some rain, but more is needed. Tobacco harvest continued. Some hay is still being baled. Crabgrass and summer annuals are growing well and providing some good grazing and hay.

Michael Yoder – Wake County Extension
Portions of the county received showers during the week. Crops continue to look better but will need rain in the next few days. Tobacco, soybeans, are doing well with peanuts looking very good. In places, pastures are starting to dry and could use some rain.

Stanley Holloway – Yancey County Extension
Typical summer pattern scattered afternoon thunderstorms predominated the week. Precipitation levels were highly variable across the county with some areas receiving in excess of 2″ and other areas only a trace. Temperatures were near normal. Second cutting hay harvest is underway. Vegetable crop harvest continues and topping burley tobacco is nearly complete.

Robert Hawk – Swain County Extension
The weather has become more hot and dry in the Smoky Mountains region with streams and creeks starting to drop in water levels. Soil is Average Dry in subsoil to dry on topsoil. Temperatures above average.

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Daniel Simpson – Pamlico County Extension
Some rain this week slowed the start of corn harvest.

Mac Malloy – Robeson County Extension
Corn harvest beginning for more growers in the area with grain drier than expected coming out of the field. Significant yield impacts reported on most of the early planted crop with hopes yields improve with later planted corn. Tobacco harvest continues. Soybeans and cotton are progressing well. Early maturity soybeans look nice.

Cathy Herring – Cherry Research Station
Dry conditions have affected the corn crop more than other crops.


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