North Carolina Field Reports: Little Damage from Dorian

Heat stressed corn. Photo: Justin Ballew, Clemson University

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 8, 2019.

County Extension Comments

Tim Hambrick – Forsyth, Stokes & Surry County Extensions
Perhaps the driest it’s been all year

Janice Nicholson – Rutherford County FSA
Rutherford County is very dry.

Stanley Holloway – Yancey County Extension
Weather conditions for the week were hot and dry with temperatures well above normal for the time of year and no measurable precipitation. Soil conditions are quite dry and late crops are suffering from drought stress. Second cutting hay harvest is essentially complete and corn silage harvest is well underway.

Robert Hawk – Jackson & Swain County Extensions
Dry and warm has set in with very little rain.

Willie Howell – Agronomist Region 4
Wind damage to flue-cured tobacco from Hurricane Dorian. The winds blew 10-20% of the leaves remaining in the field on the ground. The winds battered, tattered, and bruised the tobacco leaves. This will lead to quick ripening in the field and producer unable to save all of the harvest. All other crops were not seriously affected by Hurricane Dorian.

Randy Wood – Scotland County Extension
Approximately 2-4″ of rain from hurricane Dorian. No significant crop damage

Gary Cross – Person County Extension
No damage or issues from the hurricane. Need rain for pod fill on soybeans. Pastures need rain, tobacco harvest continues no corn harvest yet.

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Charles Mitchell – Franklin, Halifax & Nash County Extensions
Franklin County farmers were spared the wrath of Dorian. The only crop damage that we can contribute to Dorian is the windblown tobacco leaves. This will force growers to harvest quicker than expected. Barn space will be at a premium over the next 15-20 days. The rest of the crops benefited from the rainfall. The soybean crop has potential for good yields on average and the sorghum crop looks good as well. The heat and humidity has been a challenge on all crops this year. We will welcome the fall with hopes of cooler weather and increased commodity prices.

Daniel Simpson – Pamlico County Extension
Hurricane winds and rain have delayed corn harvest. Remaining corn in the field has some broken tops and some corn laying on the ground. Tobacco is leaning in the field. Some field flooding, but typical of these events.

Kenny Bailey – Cumberland County Extension
Heavy rains from Hurricane Dorian.

Phillip D Winslow – Lenoir County Extension
Dorian rainfall 6.8”.


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