In the latest crop progress report for North Carolina released by USDA, there were only 4 days suitable for fieldwork in the week ending June 16th, compared to just over 3 the week before. Statewide moisture levels are rated 3% short, 61% adequate and 36% surplus. Several areas of the state received over an inch of rainfall with some areas recording more than 2. Mike Carroll with Craven County Extension reports Frequent rainfall continues to delay field work. Tobacco budworms are becoming a problem. Thrips continue to stifle cotton growth. Weeds are becoming almost too large to control in some fields. Wheat harvest continues but growers are reporting losses above $2/bushel due to low test weight and poor grain quality (diseases, germinating seeds). Cotton squared on a state-wide average of 10% compared to 22 % on the five-year average.
SC Crops Gaining Ground
In the latest crop progress report released by USDA for the state of South Carolina there was an average of 5 days suitable for fieldwork in the week ended June 16th. Rainfall amounts varied widely across the state. Overall, soil moisture levels were reported at 2% short, 75% adequate, and 23% surplus. Much of the corn crop is reported to be tassling and had good soil moisture, but the crop is still behind the five-year average of 60% at 49%. Soybeans were small as far as plant size, but they were beginning to grow as crop fields were drying. Planting was 77% complete, compared to 83% last year, and the five-year average of 81%. Vegetable harvests are under way, but conditions declined slightly for most crops.
House Farm Bill Vote Could be Nail Biter
The House farm bill vote this week could be a real nail-biter – according to one farm lobbyist. Chandler Goule with the Democratic-leaning National Farmers Union says the final House farm bill vote expected Thursday will be very, very close – and passage will hinge largely on how open Republicans make the amendment process – especially on food stamp cuts…
“They think they can bring on additional Democrats just by making sure they have the opportunity to vote to restore it. To me that means that it didn’t have to pass but that these members can go back to the districts and say they had the opportunity and we voted. We didn’t have the votes but they can see that I still support SNAP.”
The magic number for passage is 218-votes with the final House vote set for early Thursday afternoon
Administration Opposes Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act
In its statement of Administration policy on the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 – the Office of Management and Budget expresses strong opposition to the farm bill approved by the House Agriculture Committee. In fact – if the President were presented with H.R. 1947 – the statement says his senior advisors would recommend he veto the bill.