Daily Ag Summary

South Carolina’s Abnormally Dry Conditions Creep Back In

  In the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center for conditions through Tuesday morning, South Carolina’s abnormally dry conditions increased from just under 90% to just over 93%.  The area of moderate drought was relatively stable at

NCDA Appoints Three New Division Directors

  North Carolina Department of Agriculture has appointed three people to take over for retiring division directors.  John Howard will become the new Emergency Programs Director on May 1st, replacing Sharon Stewart.  Previously, he’s been an incident commander on the

South Carolina’s Corn Planting Pushing Towards Completion

  Seventy-four percent of South Carolina’s corn crop has been planted according to the latest crop progress report for conditions through Sunday, April 16th.  The five-year average for corn planting in the Palmetto State is 56%. Zack Snipes with Beaufort

Tennessee Gives the All Clear After Avian Flu Outbreak

  Tennessee’s top veterinarian on Wednesday lifted a statewide poultry health advisory and removed the control zone around two Lincoln County poultry farms hit by allowing poultry owners to resume regular activity. H7N9 HPAI was confirmed on March 4 in a

Changeable Weather Hits Peaches and Blueberries in the South

  The recent weather roller coaster has taken a toll on fruit crops in the southern United States. Stephanie Ho has more:   Most Illegal Immigrants Came Here Legally Experts say people who overstay their visas are surpassing uninspected entries

North Carolina’s Drought Conditions Improve Slightly

  In the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center on Thursday, North Carolina’s drought conditions improved slightly over last week.  the area of abnormally dry conditions remained steady at 56.52%, the area of moderate drought decreased from

Latest Marketbasket Survey Shows Lower Food Prices

  The Spring Marketbasket survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation found total cost of 16 staple food items dropped this year to $50.03, down $3.25 from last year. AFBF market intelligence director John Newton attributes the lower food prices

Some Fruit and Vegetables Damaged by Hail in South Carolina

  In South Carolina’s most recent crop progress report for conditions through Sunday, April 9th   Horry County’s Hilda Shelley reports that most of the corn acres in have been planted and are starting to emerge. Most tobacco farmers will start

House Ag Chair Conaway Tapped for Intelligence Committee Probe on Russian Interference

  A top farm leader says it’s too early to tell if farm bill work will be hurt by the sudden naming of House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway to head the Intelligence Committee’s probe into Russian interference in the

Workshops for using cover crops in no-till vegetable production

  Specialists with the Clemson Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program will hold two workshops designed to teach growers about the “nuts and bolts” of cover crops. The workshops will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at