North Carolina Field Reports: Widespread Hard Freeze, Rains

    Snow covered soybeans. Photo: Angie Peltier, University of Minnesota

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 3, 2019.

    County Extension Comments

    Julia Houck – Ashe/Alleghany County Extension
    Due to shortage of rain in September and October, producers are having to feed hay. Christmas tree harvest is under way. Rain has delayed corn harvest.

    Stanley Holloway – Yancey County Extension
    County experienced first widespread hard freezes this week as temperatures dipped into the mid 20’s late week. Mid week storms deposited a considerable amount of rain, helping to alleviate some of the drought issues and lessening wildfire potential. Precipitation levels were variable across the county and ranged from around 1.5″ to over 4″ for the week, with most areas receiving around 2″-2.5″. The heavy rains did cause some minor flash flooding; however, no major damage was reported. Most of the county also received the first snow event for the season mid week; however, only the higher elevations reported any accumulations. The colder temps were a welcome sight for Christmas tree growers who were concerned with needle retention as harvest is starting.

    Robert Hawk – Jackson/Swain County Extension 
    Rainfall above normal for period with 2″-4″ with moderate frosts and freeze. Mild Fall drought conditions have been alleviated.

    Gary Cross – Person County Extension
    Some rain winter wheat progress planting slow. Most crops harvested except soybeans. Slow progress harvesting soybeans.

    Daniel Simpson – Pamlico County Extension
    Soybean harvest is coming to completion, and cold temperatures expected next week should aid in this activity.

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    Al Wood – Pasquotank County Extension
    No rainfall has caused soil moisture to be depleted. Soybean are being harvested and we are getting toward the end. Wheat fields are either being prepared for planting and/or wheat is being planted. Already have a few acres of wheat up. Except for being a little too dry, conditions are favorable for growers to plant all the wheat that they want to plant. Cotton harvest is underway. Cabbage harvest is underway and the crop is looking good. If weather conditions stay as they currently are, all the crop (except for cabbage), should be in by Thanksgiving.

    Cathy Herring – Central Crops Research Station
    Rain this week delayed cotton harvest.

    Mike Carroll – Craven County Extension 
    Harvest of cotton, soybean, sweet potato and peanut crops continue. All reporting average to slightly above average yield for these crops.

    Mac Malloy – Robeson County Extension
    Periods of wet weather delayed harvest progress. Small grain planting continues with good soil moisture.

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