Rain Needed Statewide in North Carolina


There were 6.3 days suitable for field work across the Tar Heel State last week as reported in the latest Crop Progress report from USDA for conditions through Sunday, June 26th, the same number as last week.  Topsoil moisture is rated at 7% very short, 24% short, 59% adequate and 10% surplus.  Mac Malloy with Robeson County Extension reports that soil conditions are dry across most of the area. Some very isolated areas received hit or miss rain showers towards the end of the week. Corn is showing signs of moisture stress. Soybean planting is about finished. Tobacco is being topped.  And Mark Seitz with Pender County Extension reports temperatures in the mid to upper 90s all week with no rain likely took a toll on corn pollination and ear set. County wide rain will help later planted corn and soybeans.

Timely Rains Help Eastern South Carolina Crops

According to the National Ag Statistics Service there were 6.1 days suitable for field work in South Carolina in the week ended June 26th, compared to 5.7 the previous week.  Topsoil moisture is rated at 9% very short, 27% short, 58% adequate and 6% surplus.  Kyle Daniel with Marion County reports that the corn crop needs a finishing rain for most producers, while the late planted corn is just beginning to silk.  Tobacco harvest is underway and the crop, as of the report date, appears to be a good one.  Russell Skipper with Horry County reports that most crops are doing extremely well from much needed timely moisture.  The one exception being the tobacco crop which is showing signs of disease like tomato spotted wilt virus and black shank. 

Former FDA Official Says Vermont May be Doing Agriculture a Favor

At the 2016 Aspen Ideas Conference in Aspen, Colorado, Former Food and Drug Administration deputy commissioner Michael Taylor suggested Vermont is doing the nation a favor when it comes to genetically modified organisms. During a food safety panel discussion over the weekend, Taylor proclaimed “Vermont might be doing the technology community a favor in forcing this issue of transparency”. Taylor says consumers can only choose, or choose not, to adapt new technology through information such as labels. Vermont passed its mandatory GMO labeling bill two years ago, and that bill will go into effect Friday.

EU Will Decide Region’s Fate of Glyphosate Use this Week

The European Commission is expected to make a decision this week on the use of glyphosate in the European Union after politicians in the EU failed to reach an agreement. While the EU’s attention last week was primarily focused on Britain’s decision to exit the EU, an appeals committee of representatives from the 28 member states failed to agree on whether to extend the license for the herbicide glyphosate after it expires this week. The Commission, after failing to win support for a 15-year renewal of the license, had offered a 12 to 18 month extension to allow time for a further study by the European Chemicals Agency.

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.