Heat, Drought Taking a Toll on Carolina Crops

While there have been scattered showers and thunderstorms of late across much of North and South Carolina, many areas are suffereing from the extended dry spell and searing temperatures.

heat“Irrigated crops are doing well,” according to Pitt County (NC) Extension Agent Carrie Ortel in the latest Weather and Crops Report from NASS, “(but) the two droughts have taken a toll on all dry land crops. Insect pressure is high.”

“Some disease is now showing up in tobacco due to stress,” reports Franklin County (NC) Extension Agent Frank Mitchell. “Soybeans are trying to grow, but lack of moisture has set them back some. We still have soybeans being planting in Franklin County last week. The vegetable crops are showing signs of stress now as well.”

“Most of Horry received rain over the weekend,” said Rusty Skipper of Horry County (SC), “but our area still needs a good soaking to erase a deficit for cotton, peanut, and soybean crops. Tobacco crop condition has been varied throughout the county with some areas having disease stress and poor quality from heat and the lack of adequate moisture.”

But other areas, particularly to the west and south, are faring better. “Adequate rainfall coupled with warm days and nights had crops bursting with growth,” said Kyle Daniel of Georgetown County (SC). “Other than some disease, our tobacco crop is one of the finest overall crops we have had in years. Cotton, peanuts, and soybeans all look really good at this stage.”

“Typical July weather with warm and wet conditions with widespread scattered PM thundershowers,” reported Robert Hawk in mountainous Jackson and Swain Counties (NC). “Rainfall in some locations 2.5+” and others only a .25″, however the coverage of rainfall was that most got some good rainfall. Everything is green!”

There is a heat advisory across much of the region for today.