North Carolina Field Reports: Wheat Harvest Speeds Along, Corn Crops Stressed

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 19, 2016.

    Extension Comments

    Stanley Holloway – Yancey County Extension
    Dry soil conditions prevail even with light rain during the week. Precipitation amounts ranged from .1″ to around 1″ across the county with most areas receiving around a half inch. Corn and non-irrigated vegetable crops are starting to show drought stress. Hay producers have just about finished up with their first cutting and are very concerned that if we don’t get rain soon, the second cutting is going to be very short.

    Mike Wilder – Agronomist Region 6
    Cucumber harvest is in full swing. Cucurbit downy mildew has been detected on watermelon in Nash County.

    Gary Cross – Person County Extension
    Wheat harvesting is moving forward with double crop soybeans. Corn is stressing due to heat and so is some of the early tobacco that had too much rain and shallow rooting. Soybean planting is still not finished. Grain sorghum is being planted. Haying is for the most part done with first cutting. Wheat quality is poor and yields are down.

    Don Nicholson – Agronomist Region 7
    Moisture levels are getting critical for many crops, but especially so for tobacco that is beginning to push a flower and corn that is tasseling. Wheat yields are disappointing for many growers, ranging from less than 10 to 70 bushels per acre.

    Danelle Cutting – Rowan County Extension
    Some areas have received a little rain but pasture quality has started to dwindle.

    Jacob Morgan – Jones County Extension
    The rain last week, for the most part, missed Jones and Lenoir Counties. We could really use some rain to help alleviate the drought stress that the corn crop is experiencing. Some areas have not had rain for three weeks or more.

    Daniel Simpson – Pamlico County Extension
    Afternoon showers during the week slowed the remaining soybean planting. Potatoes continue to be harvested. Rains have been timely and not too excessive.

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    Roy Thagard – Greene County Extension
    Much wheat was harvested this past week. Hearing very poor wheat yields from growers; one reported a 7 bu./average for a farm tract. We could use a shower of rain, especially on the corn as it silks this week and next.

    Brian Parrish – Harnett County Extension
    Wheat harvest is underway with below average yields being reported of 35 to 60 bushels per acre. Soybean and sweet potato planting continue. Tobacco is growing rapidly with many fields coming into top and flowering.

    Mark Seitz – Pender County Extension
    Dry conditions all week allowed farmers to catch up on soybean planting and harvest much of the small amount of wheat planted in Pender County. Field corn is in excellent shape where drainage was adequate. Hot temperatures are drying out soils and rain is needed to keep temperatures moderate and allow for corn pollination to go on without damage.

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