In the second to last crop progress report for the 2017 growing season, for the week ended November 19th there were about 5.5 days suitable for field work in North Carolina, compared to just over four the previous week. Al Wood with Pasquotank County Extension reports that soybean harvest and wheat planting is progressing as weather permits. Occasional rains and cloudy weather is delaying both. Farmers are also working on soil sampling. Georgia Love, NCDA Agronomist reports that soybean and cotton harvest continue to progress, yields are reported as excellent. Fall strawberry production is going well for a few growers due to the warm October weather.
Short Days Slowing Down Some South Carolina Harvest
There was almost a full week of conditions suitable for field work, as stated in the second-to-last crop progress report for conditions through November 19th, compared to just over five the previous week. Kyle Daniel with Georgetown County reports that much drier field conditions have allowed for major progress in fieldwork. Peanut harvest is winding down with fair to good yields, and soybean harvest is ramping up with good to excellent yields. Charles Davis with Calhoun County reports that the shorter days and heavy morning dew have limited harvest hours. And Matthew Wannamaker with Lexington County reports that that cotton and peanut harvest is nearing completion, the soybean harvest continues.
Where Rural Populations Are Growing
John Cromartie of USDA’s Economic Research Service looks at where rural population increases are occurring, per the 2017 edition of “Rural America at a Glance.”
“In terms of population growth, you have basically two types of counties, both concentrated out west. First, you have the effects of the oil and gas boom, so you have rapid growth in the northern Great Plains, south central Texas, and West Texas, where there’s been a boom in oil and gas production.
“And second, you have counties out west that have scenic amenities and recreation opportunities, and they continue to attract new residents. The rates of growth rates for both those types of counties are slower for recreation counties are much smaller than they were prior to the recession.”
Tomorrow, we’ll learn where rural populations are declining