In the latest crop progress report, the first of the ‘official’ growing season, there were 4 days suitable for field work in the week ended March 31st, compared to 2.5 days for the previous week. Many areas of the state received rain during the week with several areas reporting over 1 inch. Most areas of the state received rain, except for the eastern-most counties in the central Coastal Plain. Average temperatures for the week for most areas were above normal, ranging from 32 to 49 degrees, with most of the state still recovering from dry conditions. However, the cool, we weather is causing delays in land preparations for spring planting. The winter wheat crop in North Carolina is reported to be 6% poor, 29% fair, 57% good and 8% excellent.
Grain Sorghum Seed Still Available for 2013 Growing Season
Grain sorghum acreage has increased significantly in the Upper Southeast as growers see the benefits of the crop for their farm and for the economy of the entire region. These increased plantings, as well as higher plantings in Texas and the High Plains due to continuing drought, have led to shortages of grain sorghum seed. However, several seed distributors report that limited seed is still available at some retail locations. Southeast growers interested in planting sorghum for 2013 should get seed booked with their retailers as soon as possible, or seed may be unavailable.
Growers Can Now Enter National Corn Yield Contest Online
Online entry for the 2013 National Corn Yield Contest is now open. Farmers can quickly and easily submit all necessary entry forms and take advantage of the special early entry discount using the online format. Entry fees are reduced to 80-dollars until June 15th.
More Normal Temps May Be Near
It would seem that spring is playing peek-a-boo with us…one warm day here and there, but overall cooler than normal. Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, says more normal temperatures may be on the way, and here to stay in the national weather forecast for April 9th through the 15th.
“We will see a much milder weather pattern, with near to above normal temperatures. There will be two major storms affecting the US during that time, expect above normal precipitation across the plains, the Midwest and into the Mid south. Dry conditions will be confined to the east coast and CA.”
Registration Open for 2013 Tobacco Forum
Online registration is now available for the 2013 US Tobacco Forum on June 13 and 14th at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Conference Center in Durham. For a link to registration and hotel reservations, visit our calendar.