Dry Weather Affecting Winter Grains


In the final weekly crop progress report for the 2017 season, there were just over six days suitable for field work in North Carolina in the week ended November 26th, compared to about five and a half the previous week.  Zachary Taylor with Lee County Extension reports that soybean yields have been all over the place from poor to very good.  Dry conditions continue and are affecting small grains and cover crops.  Georgia Love, NCDA Region 5 agronomist reports that dry conditions are affecting wheat germination and emergence. However, significant gains have been made in harvest of other crops.

Central SC Farmers Cut Enough Hay Early to Get Through Winter

In the 2017 season’s final crop progress report for South Carolina for the week ended November 26th, there were six days suitable for field work, slightly less than the 6.4 the previous week.  Matthew Wannamaker with Lexington County reports that some areas of the county received much needed rainfall during the week, while others remained dry.  Most hay and livestock producers yielded enough supply from earlier cutting to last through the winter.  Soybean harvest continues at a moderate pace.  Mark Nettles with Orangeburg County reports that cotton and soybean harvest is progressing, and fall greens look good.

Mexico Bans Select GMO Soybean Plantings in Seven States

Mexico’s agriculture sanitation authority has revoked Monsanto’s permit to commercialize genetically modified soybeans in seven states, a move Monsanto calls unjustified. Monsanto says in a statement that the permit had been withdrawn on unwarranted legal and technical grounds, according to Reuters. The company said it would take the necessary steps to safeguard its rights and those of farmers using the technology. Officials from Mexico in a document say the permit was withdrawn due to the detection of transgenic Monsanto soy in areas where it was not authorized. However, Monsanto rejected that argument, saying in its statement that authorities had not done a proper analysis.

BPI To Distribute Funds from Settlement to Displaced Workers

About 700 former employees of Beef Products Inc. have applied for aid from a fund created by BPI founder Eldon Roth and his family in the wake of a defamation lawsuit settlement with ABC News,

The funds will go to benefit BPI employees negatively affected by plant closures in 2012.


BPI closed three of its production facilities, in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kansas; and Waterloo, Iowa, in 2012 and laid off about 750 employees after business fell off following a series of media reports that referred to the company’s Lean Finely Textured Beef product as “pink slime.”

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.