In the latest crop progress report for conditions in North Carolina through Sunday, July 9th, there were six days suitable for field work, compared to 5.8 the previous week. Mac Malloy with Robeson County Extension reports that corn is looking good and has benefited from timely rains during critical period. Corn earworm pressure seems high. Soybean planting coming to an end. And Mark Seitz with Pender County Extension reports that hot, humid weather conditions have set in with intense t-storms late at night. Sporadic heavy rains and wind have occurred with these storms. Early planted corn is beginning to reach maturity and beginning to dry down. Soybean planting is mostly complete with good emergence and full season soybeans looking good across the county.
Most of South Carolina Sees Beneficial Rain
There were six days suitable for field work in South Carolina according to the latest crop progress report for conditions through Sunday, July 9th, compared to less than five the previous week. Rusty Skipper with Horry County reports that heavy rains fell in the northern part of the county with some minor flooding, the remainder of the county saw some much needed rainfall. The corn crop has matured and looks very good, with harvest just a few weeks away. Mark Nettles with Orangeburg County reports that rain events were scattered, but all areas appeared to have good moisture, with corn and other crops doing well. Disease issues were found on some squash and other vegetables due in part to hot, humid conditions.
Missouri and Arkansas Halt Dicamba Sale and Use
The Missouri and Arkansas Agriculture Departments both halted the sale and usage of dicamba in their respective states. Those two states have been in the middle of hundreds of misuse complaints. The Arkansas ban is effective for 120 days while the Missouri Ag Department would like to reinstate product usage this growing season after their investigation is concluded. The Missouri Soybean Association issued a statement saying over 200,000 acres of soybeans show at least some level of dicamba damage. Monsanto released a statement saying they’re complying with the order and they encourage all growers to do the same. Arkansas farmers have filed nearly 600 complaints in which dicamba is the suspected pesticide.
Global Food Insecurity Expected to Drop
The USDA’s Economic Research Service recently issued a report showing a projected drop in global food insecurity. The drop is expected to be significant over the next decade. The report evaluates the food security status and outlook over the next ten years for 76 low-and-middle-income countries that either were or are still recipients of food aid. Projections show rising incomes and low food prices for many countries in the study, so food security is likely to improve by 2027. The population percentage labeled as ‘food insecure’ is 17 percent this year and is projected to fall to 8.9 percent in 2027. The total number of food-insecure people is expected to decline by 42 percent, leaving 372 million people still short on food.