Down East Crops Looking Excellent

While the western two-thirds of North Carolina struggles with some type of dry conditions, Rod Gurganus, Director of Beaufort County Extension feels a little guilty, lack of moisture is NOT their problem:

“I feel bad talking to friends in other parts of the state that are begging for water. In the Blacklands there are areas where we have too much water. We are getting 3-4 inches at a time and the crops are looking very good.”

For the most part, corn in the Blacklands region is at the end of tassling and on to silking says Gurganus:

“There was some corn that went in a little later, but generally speaking it was a more timely planting this year than last.”

For all the struggles winter wheat had making it to harvest, Gurganus says the yields in his area are surprisingly good:

“We are almost finished. The yields were surprising! I didn’t think this crop would be as good as it was – we were picking some 60-70 bushels, and even some up 90. It was a good year if you had drainage and could get rid of the surface water. And if you were timely with fungicide sprays. When you get away from Beaufort County, the yields were not quite as good, especially in the Blacklands with their organic soils.”

And while needing to replant a crop for one reason or another isn’t uncommon, Gurganus says producers in his area are making at least one surprise decision:

“Cotton outlook is good right now, and those who got it in early have some really good looking cotton. We have guys replanting cotton, but its late but they wanted to get it in. We have had to replant both cotton and beans here that were planted and followed by big rains. We have early beans that look really good, and ones that were planted behind wheat that are still coming out of the ground. We have a very wide range of planting date on both beans and cotton here.”

Rod Gurganus, Director of Beaufort County Extension.



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.