Peanut Digging Underway in South Carolina

There were only 5.1 days suitable for field work across South Carolina as reported in the latest Crop Progress report for conditions through Sunday, September 13th.  Topsoil moisture is rated at 8% very short, 45% short, 46% adequate, and 1% surplus.  Charles Davis with Calhoun County reports hat peanut digging began during the week, and some cotton is being defoliated.  Hugh Gray with Allendale County reports that several rains during the week relieved any moisture shortages in the area, slowing or stalling corn harvest.  Farmers in his area aren’t particularly interested in planting wheat due to low prices.

USDA Awarding Millions for Conservation Innovation Grants
USDA will award $20.5 million worth of Conservation Innovation Grants. The funding announced Tuesday, will help develop new ways to attract private investment in natural resource conservation and help farmers and ranchers make their operations more resilient to climate change, according to USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller says the grant program is very competitive…

Seven grants will support conservation technologies and approaches to help farmers and ranchers who historically have not had equal access to agricultural programs because of race or ethnicity, who have limited resources, or are beginning farmers and ranchers.

Sugarcane Aphids Still Posing Problems

In the latest crop progress report for North Carolina for conditions through Sunday, September 13th there were 5.3 days suitable for field work across the Tar Heel state, compared to 5.7 the previous week.  Topsoil moisture is rated at 10% very short, 29% short, 54% adequate and 7% surplus.  Taylor Williams with Moore County Extension reports that more rain last week improved most all crops, but sugarcane aphid is still a factor in the sorghum crop, and most producers are looking at decreased yields.

Russia Eyeing Permanent Ban on EU and US Meats

A draft decree published by Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development reveals Russia intends to permanently ban meat imports from the United States and the European Union. According to a report by Pig Progress, that conclusion can be drawn based on shipping volumes and quotas as used in 2015. The decree includes a list of areas that cannot ship meat into Russia – a list that includes the E.U. and the United States. The U.S. and E.U. did not supply meat to Russia in 2015, due to the country’s embargo on food imports from various countries over the crisis in Ukraine.

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.