We’ve been hearing for weeks now that the corn crop went in early due to the unusually mild winter, and the wheat crop is coming out early, as well. George Stabler, Area Agronomist with Pioneer Hi-Bred covering South Carolina and western North Carolina says the early yields are about average:
“The yields have been fairly promising so far. The wheat crop as a whole has been about a week earlier than we have had in years past so farmers are able to get out and cut their wheat earlier. Yields are in the 60-80 bushel range. The dry weather and some other factors have had an effect on yields in some areas, but for the most part we have a good average crop across the Carolinas.”
An early wheat harvest is expanding opportunities for double-cropping this year, according to Stabler:
“There has been some cotton going behind wheat which is a little unusual. We tried a bit of this last year and it worked out well. There is also milo going in behind the wheat. Looks like a good situation with the kudzu bug in the soybeans, its looking to be a good insect year, so farmers might be reducing their acres of soybeans.”
As far as the corn crop is concerned Stabler says it’s looking good, overall:
“Across most of the southeast the corn crop looks very promising. It got off to a rough start with the dry weather, but over the last thirty days there has been enough rain to sustain the crop. In Western Carolina some water damage caused some farmers to replant. We have a very wide varied crop out there, some at a very young age and some that will start to tassle this week.”
Speaking of rain, early season tropical system Beryl is promising rain for parts of the state that have been in drought for close to two years.
Stabler says it would be nice to get more wheat out, but whatever rain falls will be welcome:
“While we would love to get some additional wheat cut, this time of year especially you don’t turn down rain.”
Area Agronomist with Pioneer Hi-Bred covering South Carolina and western North Carolina, George Stabler.