Heavy Rain in Eastern South Carolina Slows Harvest


In South Carolina there were 5.6 days suitable for field work, compared to almost a full week the previous week as reported in the latest Crop Progress Report for conditions through Sunday, October 29th.  Matthew Wannamaker with Lexington County reports that cotton and peanut harvest continues, and yields look promising for most areas of the county. Most areas could use some more rainfall as the county is experiencing abnormally dry conditions overall. And Rusty Skipper with Horry County reports that parts of the county received heavy rains which slowed cotton and soybean harvest.  Soybeans are shedding leaves and harvest should begin later this week, weather permitting.

Lack of Rain in the East Allows Harvest to Roll On

There were five and a half days suitable for field work in the Tar Heel State during the week ended October 29th, compared to almost seven the previous week, as reported in the latest Crop Progress report.  Al Wood with Pasquotank County reports that minimal rain allowed corn harvest to wrap up, and soybean harvest to continue.  Land is being prepped for winter grains.  Donna Teasley with Burke County Extension reports that tornadic activity greatly diminished crop conditions in the western part of the state.

Texas Releases Tally of Losses from Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey caused more than $200 million in crop and livestock losses, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists.

Their tally comes a month after Harvey dropped an estimated 19 trillion gallons of rain in Southeast Texas. Dr. Doug Steele, agency director in College Station said livestock losses could have been “far worse,” but many associations joined AgriLife Extension to set up animal supply points, providing livestock with fresh hay and feed donated from across Texas and neighboring states. Livestock accounted for about $93 million of the total ag losses. Meanwhile, cotton losses amounted to $100 million, and rice and soybean losses were $8 million.

National Response Center On the Hook for Livestock Odor

Raising livestock may be a ‘smelly’ business, but that hasn’t stopped the federal courts from ordering the Environmental Protection Agency to move ahead with manure emission reporting requirements.

EPA issued guidance to producers and is expected to get more time to educate producers on the manure emission reporting requirement, after losing a court petition to allow a farm exemption. The Washington, D.C. federal appeals court insists, the law’s the law—even when it comes to livestock waste.

National Pork Producers’ Michael Formica argues, the whole thing ‘stinks’…

“What it amounts to is basically, requiring farmers to call the 9-1-1 number for emergency responses and say ‘we have animals and they poop, and the poop stinks.’”

Formica says the National Response Center has 17 employees who handle 30,000 calls a year. Suddenly, they’ll have another 100,000-some calls, not about oil or chemical spills or rail car explosions, but about manure smells.

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.