Crop Progress and Condition Report
For the week ended May 16, 2010
The state received scattered showers with precipitation ranging from no rain to 4.15 inches in Salisbury. There were 6.0 days suitable for field work, compared to 6.3 from the previous week.
Statewide soil moisture levels were rated at 22% very short, 27% short, 46% adequate and 5% surplus. Activities for the week include the harvesting of cabbage and cutting of hay. Much needed rain in the northern part of the state has helped crops but dry weather continues to deplete soil moisture in the Coastal Plain Region.
Crop Progress & Conditions
Corn-is 95% emerged compared to 85% last week and 88% last year with a five-year average of 90%. 2% of the crop is rated as very poor, 4% poor, 37% fair, 51% good, and 6% excellent.
Cotton-is 67% planted compared to 44% last week and 60% last year on a five-year average of 68%.
Soybeans- are 20% planted compared to 16% last week, 21% last year and a five-year average of 21%.
Tobacco-flue cured-90% of the crop has been transplanted compared to 81% last week and 89% last year and a five-year average of 86%.
Tobacco-burley- 67% of the crop has been transplanted compared to 37% last week and 44% last year on a 33% five-year average.
Temperatures & Precipitation
The highest temperature of the week was 93, recorded in Chapel Hill, Kinston, Maxton, and Rocky Mount. The lowest temperature of the week was recorded in Greensboro at 34 degrees. The highest precipitation of the week was 4.15 inches in Salisbury.
The latest Drought Monitor dated May 11, 2010 was showing the eastern two-thirds of the state now in abnormally dry conditions.