Beryl Sweeps the Carolinas
The remnants of tropical system Beryl made landfall in Georgia in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and for most of South Carolina the rain was a blessing. Edisto Research Station’s Dr. Jeremy Green:
“It was very welcome. We got anywhere from an inch to five plus inches depending on the location.”
NCDA Area Agronomist Don Nicholson oversees Harnett, Johnston Wayne and Lee Counties in North Carolina, and says the rain was welcome in his area of the state, as well:
"Our crops have had a good start and there is some moisture in the ground. But more moisture at this point is a good thing.”
Green explains that there could be isolated areas of crop damage to eastern South Carolina fields:
“As far as production fields we are seeing some flooded areas. If it was recently planted it may kill the seed. Some of the stands may die if the water doesn’t soak in fast enough. There were likely some washouts. A lot of our soils are sandy and the rain came in waves and a good amount did soak in, but when that much water falls over the course of a day and a half there is going to be some run off and some issues.”
Nicholson explains that wheat harvest had already begun in his region of the state, and that is a worry as well:
“Right now we want to harvest as quickly as possible. The more it gets rained on the more the weight will drop over time.”
As far as the wheat that’s come out of Nicholson’s region thus far, he says producers are pleased:
“It’s a really good crop. There is some thin wheat out there but for the most part people will be very pleased with the yields.”
As far as yesterday’s tropical system, Greene says it’s just what they needed, in spite of what problems it may have caused:
“We needed a system like that. We like that rain and predictions call for more rain on Friday. You’re never more than a couple of days away from a drought here in the sand.”
Radar images showed that some of the highest rainfall totals were on the Georgia/Florida border, and one isolated are of the Pee Dee region of South Carolina showing 10 inches or more.
In northeastern North Carolina they’ve seen more of 10 inches of rain in the month of May alone, and would welcome a break. Fungus and mildew on vegetables is becoming a concern.