In the most recent crop progress report for South Carolina, the state was once again saturated with rain causing more delays for farmers as they were unable to into the fields. Soil moisture levels were rated 4% short, 29% adequate and 67% surplus. Again, the work week was short with only 2.5 days suitable for field work. Cotton planting was complete. Forty-two percent of the crop had squared compared to 77% last year and 72% for the five-year average. Bolls setting was significantly behind schedule, with only 3% set compared to 19% and 21% for last year and the five-year average, respectively. Vegetable harvest continued, but conditions dropped sharply from the previous week due to the excessive rain. Fifteen percent of the cantaloupe crop and 20% of the Watermelon crop was reported to be very poor to poor condition. The peach picking was 46% complete, compared to 78% last year, and 58% for the five-year average. Cotton planting was complete. Forty-two percent of the crop had squared compared to 77% last year and 72% for the five-year average.
NC’s Latest Crop Progress Report Shows Cotton, Peanuts & Soybeans Still Lagging
In USDA’s latest crop progress report for North Carolina again the days suitable for field work were few…only 2.5. Statewide soil moisture levels were rated 30% adequate and 70% surplus, and average temperatures were slightly below normal for the week. Farmers reported crops which were being drowned and many fields still standing in water. Jessica Anderson with Anson County Extension reports that some folks were still trying to cut wheat and drill soybeans. It's been so wet they are only getting small acreages done at a time because of the ongoing rain. Those that got their wheat cut and soybeans in early are doing well. Statewide cotton, peanuts and soybeans seem to be struggling with the weather the most. Cotton was only 73% squared at the end of the week compared to 90% on the five-year average, soybeans are only 77% emerged compared to 95% on the five-year average and peanuts are only 55% pegged compared to 75% on the five-year average.
Latest RFS Attack Met with Criticism
The American Petroleum Institute is using new television, print and radio ads to spread a message that the Renewable Fuel Standard is something only a mechanic would love. The ads feature a car mechanic talking about the potential risks of engine damage from filling up with higher ethanol blends. Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says this is just more of the same from Big Oil. He says they’ll stop at nothing to maintain their near monopoly on the liquid fuels market.
The Smithsonian Wants Your Stories
No one knows how much agriculture has evolved and transformed over time better than America’s farmers. That’s why the Smithsonian National Museum of American History is seeking farmers’ help in telling stories of the innovation and experiences of farming and ranching across the United States.
Farmers are invited to share their personal stories about the ways innovation and technology have helped to continually improve the industry at www.americanhistory.si.edu. The museum is currently seeking stories, photographs and other memorabilia to feature in its upcoming “American Enterprise” exhibition, which will paint the picture of American business through agriculture, consumer finance, information technology/communication, manufacturing and retail/service. Submitted stories could be included in the exhibition or featured on the museum’s blog and social media sites.