Eastern South Carolina Corn Harvest in Full Swing


Corn harvest is in full swing in the Coastal Plain of South Carolina, with moisture levels in the teens.  David DeWitt, Clemson Extension Agent in Horry County updates the harvest:

“Well, we’re full bore into corn harvest, moisture is getting down about right, some corn isn’t even having to be run through the drier, we’re getting down to the 14% range in some fields.  But, everyone’s been real pleased so far, we’ve had a few pockets that weren’t as excellent as some others, but dryland corn has been cutting in the 150-160 bu/a range and irrigated about 100 bushels more than that, so everyone’s tickled about that.

“We’re just looking for the market to go up a little bit as they do the western tours out in the corn states and see if we can get that yield brought down a little bit from the national expected yield, and bump the prices up a little bit.”

Let’s talk cotton.  Some of your producers were living on the edge in regards to cotton, you’ve got cotton that’s only been in the field a couple of months.

“Yeah, we had some heavy rains toward the middle of May, end of May, that kind of pushed some cotton planting back, and some had planned to plant it, so they went ahead and got it in around the rain showers.  Some didn’t get it planted before the middle to the end of June, in a few spots.  But, I think with the weather that we’ve had since then, I think it’s going to be okay.  It’s not going to be as good as the cotton that got planted more timely, first of May, last of April, that cotton actually looks the best this year.”

And what about soybeans?

“If I had to say a word about soybeans right now, at this moment in time, I’m seeing the best soybean crop we’ve had in South Carolina in the field right now.  From the early Group IV’s and V’s, to the late VII’s and VIII’s, everything looks very good right now.  We’ve not had a lot of pressure from disease and insects right now, they’re starting to come, starting to build, we’re a long way from cutting.  But, as far as the bush, and the blooms and all, and some of the pod sets we have on the early stuff, it’s an excellent looking crop.”

And I’m sure that you’ve got your eyes to the south for soybean rust.

“Yes, we are. Normal pattern is that it comes up from Georgia, there is some rust over the border, so it has a ways to go yet.  The agents in the border counties are doing weekly testing, keeping us up to date, so we’ll know to be prepared or not.”

Just yesterday, a light case of soybean rust was confirmed in Hampton County, South Carolina.

Clemson Extension agent for Horry County, David DeWitt.

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.