In South Carolina’ s latest crop progress report, heavy rainfall mainly stayed in the upstate during the week ended August 11th. Growers were able to take advantage of the weather to access fields to apply pest controls and other treatments. Soil moisture ratings were reported at 8% short, 85% adequate and 7% surplus. There were 5.7 days suitable for field work state wide.
The state’s corn crop was 98% doughed by the end of the week, slightly behind last year but ahead of the five-year average of 99%. 67% of the crophad matured, well behind both last year and the five-year average. 94% of cotton has squared compared to 98% on the five-year average, and by week’s end, 50% of bolls were set compared to 75% on the five-year average. Soybeans were 49% bloomed, lagging behind both last year and the five-year average.
Week of More Normal Weather Allows NC Crops to Progress
There were more than five days suitable for field work in North Carolina during the week ended August 11th according to USDA’s latest crop progress report. Statewide soil moisture levels were rated at 9% short, 64% adequate and 27% surplus.
Mac Malloy with Robeson County Extension reports that conditions turned dry in a short time period, last week, and With limited root development from excessive rainfall crops are showing signs of drought stress fairly soon.
Cathy Herring with the Central Crops Research Station in Clayton reports that corn is maturing and drying quickly. Higher temperatures this past week added the development of cotton. Soybeans planted normal planting time are flowering and setting pods. Full season grain sorghum is starting the head.
Old Fort, in McDowell County in the western part of the state, had the highest rainfall of the week with 3.45 inches giving them a year-to-date total of just over 62 inches, which is almost 28 inches above normal.
Bee Health Continues to be Serious
The plight of the honeybees is growing more serious each year. The nation lost 31-percent of its colonies last winter. And as they die off, the threat to 15-billion-dollars worth of U.S. agriculture is becoming a major concern. Researchers suspect that common fungicides applied to flowering plants to protect against fungus may be killing the bees. Dr. Jeff Pettis, USDA, Research Leader:
“For the past seven years we have been losing honey bee colonies at about 30-33% per year.”