In the latest crop progress report, North Carolina reported another week of below normal temperatures for the week ending November 18th. Average temperatures ranged from 38to 57 degrees. Most of the state received precipitation, with some areas receiving over an inch of rain. There were just over 5 days suitable for field work compared to nearly 6 the week before, and statewide soil moisture levels were rated 1% very short, 20% short, 70% adequate and 9% surplus. Tommy Brooks with Lee County, Soil and Water Conservation District reports that Soybean harvest is in the early stages with yields good so far. Small grain planting is in the final stages with good stands.
Richard W. Rhodes with Bertie County Extension reports that High humidity and light rain during the week provided limited time for cotton and soybean harvest, and has also slowed planting of small grains.
Wheat is 30% emerged across the state compared to 42% at this time last year.
South Carolina Receives Much Needed Rainfall
In South Carolina’s latest crop progress report, much needed rainfall came to most area so of the state in the week ending November 18th. The moisture received should help winter planting and germinate winter grazing and small grains. Cotton bolls have finished opening, and harvest had progressed prior to late week rains with 73% of the crop harvested compared with 82% last and year and 81% for the five-year average. 100% of the soybeans have turned color, right in line with this time last year and the five-year average. Soybean harvest is a bit ahead of normal with 58% in the bin compared to 39% last year and 44% five-year average.
House Passes Russia PNTR During Lame Duck
Making trade with Russia easier could be a nice boost for the U.S. economy. According to American Farm Bureau Trade Specialist Dave Salmonsen – that’s an important step closer to happening. Salmonsen explains why getting permanent normal trade relations with Russia is a big deal…
“We do have a bi-lateral trade treaty with Russia. But so often our discussions of anything to do with trade also bring in all the other issues in our bi-lateral relationship. But now with the dispute settlement, we will have access to the WTO regime and we can talk about trade issues in a purely trade forum.”
HSUS Wins Big in Animal Abuse Case
The Humane Society of the United States and Westland/Hallmark Meat Company have reached a settlement in the abuse case leading to the biggest meat recall in U.S. history in 2008. The 500-million dollar settlement is a first of its kind lawsuit regarding farm animals – according to HSUS Chief Counsel for Animal Protection Litigation Jonathan Lovvorn. HSUS filed a civil complaint with a District Court in 2009 – referencing an undercover video showing downer cows being abused in a slaughter facility – going against the federal contract for the National School Lunch Program the company signed promising to provide humane treatment of animals sent there for slaughter – according to HSUS. The Company is bankrupt and will not be paying the settlement amount due to that fact.