SC’s Pee Dee Region Now Enveloped in Drought


South Carolina’s drought conditions expanded, as reported in the weekly drought monitor released by the drought Mitigation Center on Thursday morning.  The area of abnormally dry conditions increased from almost 51% to 62.8%, and the area of moderate drought increased from about 9 ¼% to 27 ¼%.  The expansion of abnormally dry conditions are from the Pee Dee region to the coast, now including all of Georgetown County, and parts of Berkley and northern Charleston County.  The expansion of moderate drought this week is the two previous unconnected areas now connected from across the Upstate, and to the southeast well into the Pee Dee region.  The extreme upstate and mid-coast line are drought free.

North Carolina’s Drought Conditions Expand Through Coastal Plain

The area of abnormally dry conditions continued to expand as reported in the Weekly Drought Monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Service on Thursday.  North Carolina’s area of abnormally dry conditions increased from just over 60% to just over 72%, and the area of moderate drought increased from 13.64% to almost 22%.  The area of expansion of abnormally dry conditions is primarily in the Coastal Plain southward with only Columbus and Brunswick Counties drought free.  The area of moderate drought also expanded southward and now includes all of the North Carolina Piedmont to the South Carolina border.  The state’s mountain region remains drought free.

County FSA Members an Important Part of the Farm Policy Process

USDA Farm Service Agency Acting Administrator Steve Peterson discusses the duties of County Committees, with elections for Committee members taking place through December Fourth.

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“The deadline is December 4th for the producers out in the county offices to vote for their representative.  It’s very important for producers to voice their opinion, with regard to who they would like to have represent them on the county committee.

“We believe the county committee structure is very important with regard to the programs that we administer in FSA.  It provides local input with regard to how they’re administered.  They’re the eyes and ears for the state committee associated to providing feedback of concerns to that county office.

“Ballots are to be mailed, or they can be dropped off back at the county office.”

Soybeans to Overtake Corn in 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a preview of its long-term planting projections Tuesday. An important projection from the early release is the overall number of planted acres. Total planted acres for the eight principal crops and land in the Conservation Reserve Program was 275.8 million acres. The forecast for 2018 calls for an increase in acres for all crops except upland cotton and wheat, with the total increase of 1.8 million acres. From 2019-2027, USDA projects acreage to remain steady between 276 to 278 million acres, slightly lower than the 280 million acres over the last decade. Another big takeaway from the report is that USDA predicts soybeans will overtake corn in planted acreage starting in 2019. The USDA considers a lot of factors when making the projections, including macroeconomic conditions, GDP growth, and farm policy.

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.