Recent Rains Have Most Crops in Good Condition in North Carolina

In the latest crop progress report for the week ended August 24th, there were 5.6 days suitable for field work in North Carolina.  Topsoil moisture ratings were 2% very short, 9% short, 77% adequate, and 12% surplus.  Paul Westfall with Granville County Extension reports that tobacco harvest is still running pretty slow due to wet field conditions and the fact that the plants are still pretty green, with many growers beginning to worry if they can finish before frost.  Colby Lambert, NCDA Region 9 Agronomist reports that conditions continue to improve with recent rainfalls, and tobacco producers have begun a second cropping.  Soybeans and cotton is looking good, with good boll retention in the cotton crop.

Parts of Palmetto State in Dire Need of Rain

South Carolina’s latest crop progress report for the week ended Sunday, August 24th showed 6.6 days suitable for field work across the state.  Topsoil moisture ratings were reported at 4% very short, 25% short, 67% adequate and 4% surplus.  Charles Davis with Calhoun County reports that hot, dry conditions are helping with corn harvest, but causing stress to cotton, peanuts and soybeans.  Hugh Gray with Allendale County also reports high heat  and no rain is putting stress on fruiting crops such as cotton, soybeans and peanuts, but thus far, all three have been able to maintain their condition and yield potential.  No insect or disease problems are being reported.

Could PEDv Become Airborne?

A new study suggests airborne transmission should be considered as a potential route for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus.  The study published last week by Veterinary Research looked at whether PEDV could become airborne. Results indicated presence of infectious PEDV in the air from experimentally infected pigs and genetic material of PEDV was detected up to 10 miles downwind from naturally infected farms, according to the Pig Site.  PEDV has spread rapidly after being diagnosed in the USA in April 2013.

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.