In USDA’s latest crop progress report for South Carolina the middle portion of the week, the rainfall was gone and had left behind slightly cooler than normal temperatures, but field work was delayed once again in most areas. Overall, soil moisture ratings were reported at 3% short, 88% adequate and 9% surplus. There was an average of 5.5 days suitable for field work. Corn continues to thrive in the Palmetto state and at the end of the week 73% had tassled compared to 79% on the five-year average. Cotton is only 8% squared compared to 20% on the five-year average, and 68% of the crop is considered to be in good condition.
NC Cotton Continues to Lag in Latest Crop Progress Report
In the latest crop progress report for North Carolina released by USDA, there were 4.5 days of suitable for field work in the week ended June 23rd, compared to 4 the week before. Statewide soil moisture levels are rated at 2% short, 62% adequate and 36% surplus. Soggy field conditions for the second week in a row kept harvest of small grains behind five-year averages and delayed soybean planting. Cotton is reported at 20% squared compared to 44% on the five-year average, but corn silking is even with the five-year average at 50%. Roy Thagard with Greene County Extension reports that wheat farmers continue to fight wet conditions to run combines, tobacco in low lying areas is behind due to rooting restrictions, but corn looks great.
China’s Snail-like Pace of Accepting GMO’s Hampering US Production
China’s demand for U.S. soy is growing quickly – right along with the country’s Middle Class. But China’s approval process works slowly – delaying approvals for new, biotech-enhanced soybean varieties.
United Soybean Board Secretary Lewis Bainbridge – a soybean farmer from South Dakota – and USB Chairman Jim Stillman recently participated with leaders of the American Soybean Association in a discussion with Chinese decision makers about biotech acceptance – including the apparent delay in the approval process…
“The government officials we met with were surprised that there is a slow down in the approval process.”
Bainbridge says a slow approval process could hinder U.S. soybean farmers’ ability to sell their crops in the global marketplace. China is U.S. soy’s largest international customer – importing 849-million bushels of whole U.S. soybeans in the most recent marketing year. He says a delayed approval process also could challenge the development of new varieties. It’s been 17 months since China last approved a new variety