In South Carolina there were 5.6 days suitable for field work in the week ended October 15th, compared to almost seven the previous week as reported in the latest crop progress report. Georgetown County’s Kyle Daniel reports that his area was inundated with rain all week, effectively shutting down harvest. Defoliated cotton is looking ragged with the wet weather. Mark Nettles with Orangeburg County reports that most of the fall greens are progressing and looking good. Rain events have been spotty with some areas getting enough moisture and some areas almost none. Peanut harvest continues, and cotton is ready.
Northeastern NC Looking at a Good Harvest Week
There were five and a half days suitable for field work in the week ended October 15th, compared to almost seven the previous week. Roy Thagard with Greene County Extension reports that the warm temperatures put cotton farmers in a position to spray a defoliant and desiccant for a second time, but, this week looks to be a good one for harvesting cotton, peanuts and sweet potatoes. Daniel Simpson with Pamlico County Extension reports that a light rain slowed soybean harvest, but most growers have a good start. Early varieties have matured quickly, and late beans are dropping leaves.
NAFTA Talks Turn to Agriculture, Dairy
The U.S. wants to reverse Canada’s dairy supply management system as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation. U.S. negotiators centered on the agriculture chapter of NAFTA over the weekend, and proposed to reverse Canadian dairy pricing program that has undercut certain U.S. dairy exports to Canada. The text, which demands that Canada eliminates an industry pricing classification that lowered domestic prices for certain milk protein products to the minimum global price, was met with swift pushback.
Weed Scientist Has Doubts Over Dicamba Restrictions Effectiveness
The Environmental Protection Agency last week declared dicamba under its “restricted use” category, but one weed scientist has doubts the new restrictions will be beneficial. Aaron Hager, a weed scientist and professor at the University of Illinois, told Reuters: “Nothing in these new restrictions addresses volatility, and that’s still an issue.” The EPA said Friday it would classify dicamba as restricted use, limit spray times and required wind conditions, along with requiring detailed record keeping of dicamba use. Under the requirements, certified pesticide applicators, or people under their supervision, will be allowed to spray dicamba in 2018. However, that restriction may not do much to reduce crop damage related to sprayings because many farmers and commercial applicators are already certified, according to experts.