North Carolina Field Reports: Soybean Harvest Begins, Very Dry Conditions

    Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 22, 2019.

    County Extension Comments

    Janice Nicholson – Rutherford County Extension
    Dry weather conditions are taking their toll on the crops, pastures and hay fields. Rutherford County has had 3 inches of rain in some areas since the end of July.

    Steve Dillion -Henderson/Polk/Rutherford/Transylvania County Extension
    Dry conditions preventing forage crop and small grain planting.

    Paul Westfall – Granville County Extension
    All crops are suffering from dry weather and low soil moisture. Soybeans are the only crop that is in good shape. Pastures are suffering, as is the fall hay crop. Some of the hay that is being harvested is very low quality. We need rain.

    Stephen Bishop – Cleveland County Extension
    Very dry conditions persist throughout the county. Some producers are already feeding hay. Fescue pastures have put on little to no growth in September due to hot and dry conditions. Corn harvest is underway, with yields varying widely due to which fields caught rain.

    Carrie Ortel – Pitt County Extension
    About done with tobacco harvest. Peanuts are almost ready to dig for most. Cotton defoliants are being sprayed. Soybean pods are filling nicely.

    Gary Cross – Person County Extension
    Extremely Dry tobacco losing leaf weight and dropping off the plant. Corn harvest is hit and miss due to what got rain and what did not. Soybeans continue to suffer. Pastures are not regenerating due to lack of rain. Last hay cuttings short.

    Charles Mitchell – Franklin, Halifax & Nash County Extension
    Franklin County is experiencing dry and hot conditions now. Tobacco will soon be wrapping up. Soybeans need some water to finish filling out pods. We are loosing soybean yield each day without rainfall. Pastures and hay fields are showing signs of drought now as well.

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    Daniel Simpson – Pamlico County Extension
    Dry weather allowed corn harvest to be completed. Some early soybeans are being harvested.

    Mike Carroll – Craven County Extension
    Growers aggressively harvesting corn and tobacco. Approximately a third of cotton acres with defoliant applied. Peanut and sweet potato producers monitoring for late-season pest and preparation for harvest

    Mac Malloy – Robeson County Extension
    Corn harvest continues with yields below average. Tobacco quality continues to decline after Hurricane Dorian with growers facing difficult situations with harvest and curing.

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