North Carolina Field Reports: Needed Rains, Some Frost/Freeze

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 20, 2019.

County Extension Comments

Robert Hawk – Jackson/Swain County Extension
Appreciable rainfall of 1″-1.5″ which is slightly above average of the period. This helped the topsoil moisture greatly. Temperatures were near average with first light frosts of 30-35F.

Stanley Holloway – Yancey County Extension
Most all areas of the county experienced the first frost, and some areas the first freeze, of the season as temperatures cooled considerably this week. The weather system also brought some much needed moisture to the county with most areas receiving around 1.5″-2″ of rain. Most crops have been harvested with the exception of some corn for grain. The cooler temps were welcomed by Christmas tree growers who were concerned with needle retention on their tree once harvest begins early next month.

Paige Burns – Richmond County Extension
Have received about 2 inches of rain this past week. Was very dry until this point.

Rachel Owens – Union County Extension
County finally received rainfall after a prolonged period without rain, resulting in poor pasture conditions for this time of year.

Cathy Herring – Central Crops Research Station
Received much needed rain this week.

Tim Britton – Johnston County Extension
Rainfall from Nestor dropped another good rain giving us 2-3 inches for the week.

Kenny Bailey – Cumberland County Extension
Tropical storm Nestor brought some badly needed rain to the area.

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Daniel Simpson – Pamlico County Extension
Rain during the week slowed remaining soybean harvest.

Mark Seitz – Pender County Extension
Soybean harvest was delayed somewhat by rainfall during the week and because many varieties are still not dry. Yields are average – 30 to 35 bu. – across the county. Strawberry planting is either complete or finishing this week. Wheat planting work is beginning this week as well.

Mac Malloy – Robeson County Extension
Received much needed rain that should begin small grain planting in the area. Corn harvest is about wrapped up with peanut and tobacco harvest soon to follow. Soybean and cotton harvest continues with decent yields reported.


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