NC Crops Catching Up
In North Carolina’s latest crop progress report, there were 4.5 days suitable for field work compared to only 2.5 days the previous week. Statewide moisture levels were rated at 1% short, 52% adequate and 47% surplus, and most areas reported above average temperatures. Jeff Carpenter – Catawba County Extension reported that fair weather allowed several days of wheat harvest in many locations. Soybean planting is winding down and most acres are up and growing. Early planted soybeans and corn look excellent. Continued wet weather is causing more damage and issues for wheat and vegetable producers. A week of sun and high temperatures allowed most crops to catch up to within shouting range of the five year average.
Parts of South Carolina 20 inches Above Normal in Rainfall
The latest crop progress report for South Carolina reports that another week of excessive rainfall has caused nearly all crops in the state to decline. It’s been very difficult, if not impossible to get equipment into fields. Soil moisture ratings are reported as 49% adequate and 51% surplus. There were an average of 4.1 days suitable for field work. most crops are still significantly behind the five year average, but several, such as peaches and corn look very good. The highest rainfall in the state for the week ended July 21st was at Columbia metro with just over 4 inches, putting that reporting station an even 10 inches above normal for the year, but the area of the state that’s the most above normal precipitation for the year is Anderson at just over 20 inches.
Farm Bill ‘Ball’ in House Court
Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow told reporters earlier this week she is waiting for the House leadership to respond to the receipt of the Senate farm bill, call for a conference and appoint conferees. Her hope is that conferees will be appointed before the August recess. Last week – after receiving the farm-program only farm bill from the House – the Senate substituted its bill and sent it back to the House. Stabenow said the House needs to formally object to the Senate bill and appoint conferees to work out the differences.