North Carolina Field Reports: Hermine Rains Slow Corn Harvest

    Corn pouring out of an auger during harvest. Photo: ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 11, 2016.

    Extension Comments

    Don Nicholson – Agronomist Region 7
    Recent rains from Tropical Storm Hermine improved crop conditions temporarily, but conditions were so dry that more rain is direly needed now. Leaf diseases are negatively affecting the tobacco crop. 

    Stanley Holloway – Yancey County Extension
    Hay producers took advantage of the dry weather to harvest a thin second cutting. Most are reporting only a 25%-30% crop and a number of livestock producers are either buying additional hay or reducing animal numbers. The burley tobacco producers have about 50% of the crop cut at this point.

    Gary Cross – Person County Extension
    Not much rain off the hurricane. Corn harvest has started and yields are looking pretty good. Tobacco is still being cut and cured and brought to buyers. Soybeans are struggling filling pods due to no rain.

    Janice Nicholson – Rutherford County Extension
    Rutherford County is extremely hot and dry. Some areas of the county have had brief showers but the majority is dry. Producers are getting up their second cutting of hay but it is amounting to half of what they got the first cutting.

    Julia Houck – Ashe-Alleghany County Extension
    We are getting dry. River and stream levels have dropped. Corn and pumpkin harvest is going well.

    Daniel Simpson – Pamlico County Extension
    Wet field conditions following tropical storm delay corn harvest for some growers. Tobacco is coming to a close and soybeans are beginning to drop leaves. Some growers have finished corn harvest and are waiting for soybeans.

    Cathy Herring – Central Crops Station
    The storm last week provided much needed rain to parts of the county.

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    Brian Parrish – Harnett County Extension
    Tobacco crop has matured earlier than normal this year and is not holding well. Farmers are stripping tobacco fields and this is putting pressure on limited barn space available. It is looking like tobacco harvest will be finished by or before end of September. Sweet potato harvest is well underway with good yields being reported.

    Mark Seitz – Pender County Extension
    Tropical storm Hermine dropped 6″ to 10″ of rain across Pender County last week. Dry soils helped absorb much of this rain. Rain slowed corn harvest 2-3 days but gave soybeans and pastures a much needed drink of water. Corn yields are pushing close to 200 bushels per acre in many places.

    Donna Teasley – Burke County Extension
    Getting really dry again in Burke County. No rain in last couple of weeks.

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