As River Levels Fall, Drought Persists


The last river in South Carolina has finally fallen below major flood stage from Hurricane Matthew’s rains two weeks ago, but the western parts of South Carolina and North Carolina have an emerging crisis of a different sort.

Drought is creeping across the area, where places like Greenville are seeing one of their driest autumns on record.

The South Carolina Drought Response Committee is meeting Wednesday. When they last met in August, they put the entire state in some stage of drought.

Since then, Hurricane Matthew and other tropical systems drenched the eastern Carolinas. North Myrtle Beach has seen nearly 28 inches of rain since Sept. 1.

Those rains haven’t reached the west.

DuPont Planning Sale of Herbicide Business

DuPont is planning to sell a company-owned herbicide business to reduce potential antitrust concerns to a $59 billion merger with U.S. competitor Dow Chemical Co. Bloomberg reports the sale is expected to generate several hundred million dollars and Delaware-based DuPont is also considering the disposal of insecticide and seed units that might be an obstacle to the deal moving forward. A host of competitors, from BASF to FMC and private equity firms are monitoring opportunities to pick up assets as the biggest-ever wave of consolidation in the agrochemical and seed business spurs antitrust reviews and forced sales.

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.