In South Carolina’s latest crop progress report, there was no significant rainfall during the week which allowed most crops to continue to make improvements in condition and yield potential, as various field activities proceeded at a steady pace. Soil moisture ratings were reported at 6% very short, 39% short, 53% adequate and 2% surplus. There were more than six-and-a-half days suitable for field work. 62% of the corn crop has been harvested in the Palmetto state, but still lagging behind the five-year average of 86%. Cotton bolls were 96% set compared to 99% on the five-year average, and 34% of bolls are open, well behind the five-year average of 54%. Soybeans were 93% bloomed, slightly behind the five year average of 98%. Five percent of the crop had turned color by the end of the week, compared to 11% for the five year average. The overall condition of the crop was 1% very poor, 6% poor, 25% fair, 65% good, and 3% excellent.
The highest precipitation total for the week was at Charleston with only .09 giving that reporting station more than 47 inches for the year, more than 8 inches above normal.
Very Short Moisture Ratings Return to NC Weekly Crop Progress Report
In North Carolina’s latest crop progress report for the week ended September 15, there were more than 6 days suitable for field work, compared to just shy of 6 the week before. Statewide moisture levels were rated at 2% very short, 31% short, 33% adequate and 4% surplus. Average temperatures were slightly above normal, and there were only scattered showers across the state. Corn harvest is in full swing across the state with 95% of the crop rated mature, 53% of the crop grown for grain harvested which is behind the 5-year average of 57%. Brian Parrish with Harnett County Extension reports Tobacco harvest is in the final stages. Corn and Grain Sorghum harvest are still underway. Livestock producers are preparing to plant fall forage grasses, and Farmers are getting wheat land ready for planting. The highest rainfall of the week was reported at Old Fort at 1.09 inches, putting the yearly total at that location at 65.38 inches, almost 26 above normal.
Do or Die for House Farm Bill
The U.S. House has tentatively scheduled later this week debate and a vote on the nutrition section of the farm bill – stripped out after the original bill failed in June. The controversial food stamp measure has been penciled in for today – but could be rolled into Thursday – or later.
American Farm Bureau Executive Director Dale Moore…
“We understand that the nutrition bill is at least on the penciled in calendar but not written in ink.”
The bill that cuts some 40-billion – or five-percent – from nutrition programs over 10-years would end food aid to as many as 6-million low-income people – according to one think tank in the nation’s capital. Moore suggests the ball is in the House GOP’s court…
“We are anticipating they are still wrestling with how they plan to proceed and if they have the necessary 218 votes to proceed.”
Republicans can afford to lose no more than 16 defectors and still win a majority – if no Democrats vote for the bill.