Southern Rust Discovered in Craven County
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In the latest crop progress report for North Carolina released by USDA, the state’s topsoil moisture rating was 7% very short, 22% short, 64% adequate and 7% surplus.

Mike Carroll with Craven County Extension reports that Southern Corn Rust has been discovered within the county.  The estimate is that more than half the corn is at the dent stage and will have limited yield loss.

Richard Rhodes with Bertie County Extension reports that tobacco harvest is just underway, and that target spot is a concern in many fields due to the warm, wet weather.  Peanut fields have seen some sclerotinia development.

South Carolina’s Dryland Crops Struggling

South Carolina producers enjoyed more than 6 days for field work in the week ended July 20, as reported in the latest Crop Progress Report.  Soil moisture ratings for topsoil were reported at 15% very short, 39% short, 45% adequate and 1% surplus.  Danny Howard with Greenville County reported over an inch of rain during the week, and Kyle Daniel with Georgetown County says the benefits of the previous week’s rains are still evident in crops there.  But, Mark Nettles with Orangeburg County reports that dryland crops are under stress, with peanuts, cotton and soybeans needing rain, and cooler conditions.

Overcoming Challenges Surrounding Biotechnology

Biotechnology is just one of the tools farmers use to produce more with less. Barry Bushue – the American Farm Bureau’s vice president – says it’s an important tool – which is why Farm Bureau continues to actively engage in the discussion to protect what farmers need to do their jobs.

Bushue says agriculture has always rapidly adopted technology – from the plow to biotechnology today. He says upcoming research will help broaden the use of biotechnology

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.

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