In the final crop progress report for South Carolina for the 2016 growing season, there were just shy of seven days suitable for field work, about the same as the previous week. Russell Skipper with Horry County reports that cotton, peanut and soybean harvest is nearing completion with mixed yield results. Charles Davis with Calhoun County reports that cotton and peanut harvest are basically done, with just a few small patches of un-picked cotton, and Jonathan Croft with Orangeburg County reports that cotton and bean harvest continued during the week with a short break for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Cotton & Soybean Harvest Wrapping up in North Carolina
In the latest crop progress report for North Carolina for conditions through Sunday, November 27th, there were just shy of seven days suitable for fieldwork across the Tar Heel State. Mac Malloy with Moore County Extension reports that soybean and cotton harvest are winding down, with a wide range of yields reported with both crops. Many are at or below average. Winter wheat is being planted, but acreage is going to be reduced. Mark Seitz with Pender County Extension reports that soybean harvest has wrapped up with good yields being reported across the county. Winter wheat is emerging, but rain is needed.
Bird Flu Expanding Across Europe
More outbreaks of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza are prompting concerns within Europe’s poultry industry. The World Organization for Animal Health reports bird flu has been confirmed in Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and Russia despite continuing biosecurity efforts. Additional outbreaks were also reported in India and Israel, and several nations –including Hong Kong and the Ukraine – have launched bans on poultry and poultry products from some of the affected nations. Animal health officials in Sweden report culling 200,000 laying hens to reduce further infection.