The latest crop progress report for South Carolina says the state was saturated with rain during the week ended July 7th, further preventing farmers from getting into the fields to plant or harvest. Some low-lying areas have large pools of standing water causing drowning or disease, with nutrients leaching from the soil in other areas, and weeds sprouting prolifically. Soil moisture levels are reported 29% adequate and 71% surplus, and statewide there were only 2 days suitable for fieldwork. The corn crop has benefited a great deal from the precipitation, catching it up close to the long-term averages. 94% of the crop has silked and 47% of the crop has doughed. Cotton planting is near completion. Peach picking is only 44% complete compared to48% on a five year average. Tobacco conditions have declined markedly with 4% rated poor, 43% fair, 47% good and 6% excellent. The crop is reported to be thin with little leaf weight gain in many areas. Farmers are still trying to cut winter wheat but are having a very hard time getting into the fields, and what remains is deteriorating. Harvest was 83% complete compared to 100% on the five-year average.
Pork Producers can see Promised Land
Pork producers are looking forward to lower feed costs and greater profits. It’s the promised land – says Chris Hurt – Purdue University Extension Ag Economist. Finally the price of grain is expected to settle back allowing livestock feeders – pork producers in this case – to see their way through to a profitable future as the price of feed corn goes down…
“Those lower costs are not here yet but could be just weeks away as prospects for US corn and soybean production have increased in recent days.”
The numbers – as collected by USDA – suggest hog producers are already anticipating better time and will expand the herd by one to three-percent over the next 12-months.
North Carolina Field Conditions; Soggy
In the latest crop progress report for North Carolina for the week ended July 7th, there were a mere 2.2 days suitable for field work compared to more than 3.5 the previous week. Statewide moisture levels are rated 33% adequate, 67% surplus. Most areas of the state received over 2 inches of rain with a few areas recording over 5. Wayne County is an area particularly hard hit with rain and the Extension office there reports as much as 20 inches of rain in the month of June. Farmers have nott been able to finish wheat harvest, with a guesstimate of as much as 25% of the crop left in the field. Tobacco crops in Wayne county have been hampered by the excessive moisture, fields are inaccessible so sucker control applications have been hampered, and additional fertilization will be needed due to leaching. Wayne County is also reporting the cotton is probably behind two weeks due to below-average temperatures.
U.S. Wheat Ban Lifted in South Korea
South Korea has lifted the ban on imports of U.S. wheat after the local food safety regulator found no unapproved genetically-modified grain in recent shipments. The Korea Food and Drug Administration says expanded inspections of 45 samples of wheat and flour imported from Oregon and another 160 samples from other states showed all were free of the unapproved genetically-modified wheat strain discovered at a farm in Oregon.