North Carolina Field Reports: Light Rains Offer Little Relief

Soybean rows in field ready for harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 13, 2019.

County Extension Comments

Steve Dillion – Agronomist Region 14
Got some much needed rain, still very dry.

Stanley Holloway – Yancey County Extension
Some rain early in the week was a welcome sight; however, precipitation levels were relatively light with most areas of the county receiving less than .5″. Pastures are declining rapidly due to the lack of rain and warmer than normal temps. Most livestock producers have begun to supplement with some hay. Vegetable crop harvest is winding down.

Robert Hawk – Jackson/Swain County Extension
Weather was warm with above normal temperatures and rainfall was light with only a trace to .25″ for the period. Both top and sub-soil are still dry!

Charles Mitchell – Franklin/Halifax/Nash County Extension
Franklin County is extremely dry currently. We did receive .25-.5 inches of rain on October 13th. The tobacco crop is out of the field. The soybean crop is dropping leaves, but yield potential has been cut due to drought. The planting of small grains is being delayed due to lack of rain. Hay fields are dry since being cut and are in much need of rain. Vegetable crops have been impacted due to late heat and lack of water also.

Paul Westfall – Granville County Extension
Wheat planting started during the week. Rainfall over the weekend should help it get established. Hopefully it will also help pastures. Tobacco harvest is wrapping up, with growers reporting they should be finished with harvest in another week. Even though we received some rainfall, more is needed. Hay supplies are very short. Farmers are starting to bale corn stalks after corn is harvested for grain. Soybean harvest started during the week.

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Gary Cross – Person County Extension
Extremely dry crops continue to get worse. Soybean seed size small, tobacco loosing oil not curing the best. Hay and pasture fields dried up hay being utilized many weeks earlier than normal. Late corn is better than early corn because of some rain earlier.

Daniel Simpson – Pamlico County Extension
Dry weather continues with soybean harvest slowing waiting for later planted beans to dry down.

Mike Carroll – Carteret/Craven County Extension
Lack of rainfall and favorable weather affording great harvest conditions for cotton and peanut crops but preventing planting of pastures or wheat.

Randy Wood – Scotland County Extension
Drought conditions continue to worsen.


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