SC Ag Commissioner Watching Rain Fall Again, and Again, and Again…
To say that we’ve had more than our fair share of rain is the understatement of the year. We’ve had so much that the state of SC is drought free. The bad news is that the farmers really need it to quit.
“Some areas of the state have received the equivalent of an annual rainfall. It’s great to be out of a drought, but now the excess rain is wreaking havoc on a lot of the crops.
It’s unprecedented to be talking about wheat harvest in July. We have had record yields, farmers are averaging 80+ acres per acre, but the last 25+% will remain in the fields because we can’t access it. Wheat is the first casualty of the year, but many fruits and vegetables are suffering as well. The strawberries were low quality, the spring onions as well. Its been an impactful year based on the moisture and we are not out of it yet.
Pollination on the corn crop may have been aborted because of the rain. We will wait to see the impact. But we also a have to worry about nitrogen leaching out due to the rain. We also have soybean acres that won’t get planted, so there will be many idle acres. A lot of grains may have to find their way into milling instead of feed and that’s a lower priced market.”