Clemson’s Coastal REC Sustains Major Hurricane Damage


Clemson University’s Coastal Research and Education Center (REC) sustained significant crop damage over the weekend when Hurricane Matthew pounded portions of South Carolina with wind, rain and floodwaters.

According to early estimates, at least 50 percent of the station’s valuable research crops — some of which have been involved in trials that have been ongoing for up to a decade — was destroyed or severely compromised. Depending on how the surviving plants react over the coming weeks, as much as 75 percent of the test crops, which include broccoli, peanuts, sweet potatoes and watermelons, could eventually be lost due to wind damage and oversaturated soil. It’s too early to determine the extent of financial losses.

County Farm Bureau Meetings Rescheduled

A number of North Carolina Farm Bureau annual county meetings that were scheduled for this week have been rescheduled.  Onslow County will now be at 6:30 on November 1st,  Pender County will be at 7:00 pm on November 2nd, Wayne and Craven Counties will be at 6 and 7:00 pm respectively on November 3rd, and Tyrell County will at 7:00 pm on November 7th, and Chowan County will be at 7:00 pm on November 10th.  All meetings will be at their original location.

India, Pakistan Tensions could send Cotton Business to U.S.

A territory dispute between India and Pakistan could mean increased cotton trade for the United States. The dispute over Kashmir has basically stopped cotton trade between India and Pakistan, a business valued at $822 million per year. Pakistan was India’s largest cotton buyer in the 2015-16 marketing year, purchasing around 2.5 million bales from the nation. Pakistan is the world’s number three cotton consuming country. While the nation typically begins importing cotton in September, sources from India and Pakistan say trade has been at a near standstill.

Thousands of Crops Evaluated for Report

National Ag Statistics Service will release their October crops report here in a few hours, and Lance Honig, Chief of the Crops Branch of USDA’s NASS says thousands of field plots that were evaluated for the crop forecast:

“We do go to the same fields month after month, getting new information to see how the crop is developing over the course of time.  Nearly 5,000 plots for corn, cotton and soybeans.  1,920 samples for corn, 1,835 for soybeans, 1,197 for cotton, and for each of those sample counts I just gave you, we lay out two units within that field, so you really can double those counts in terms of how many plots we’re visiting month after month.”

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.