There were just shy of seven day suitable for field work in South Carolina in the week ended August 28th, compared to just over six the previous week as reported in the latest crop progress report. Topsoil moisture is rated at 6% very short, 33% short, 55% adequate and 6% surplus. Mark Nettles with Orangeburg County reports that fall armyworms have been reported in hay fields, and non-irrigated crops are showing signs of drought stress as soil moisture levels are being depleted. Andrew Warner with Allendale County reports that corn harvest for the most part is going smoothly and yields seem to be very good. Cotton is looking wilted and could use some rain, but otherwise the crop is doing well.
Dry Weather Persists Going into September
In the latest crop progress report for North Carolina for the week ended August 28th, there were just shy of seven days suitable for field work across the state, compared to just over six the previous week. Topsoil moisture is rated at 7% very short, 27% short, 58% adequate and 8% surplus. Charles Mitchell with Franklin County Extension reports that it’s been extremely hot and dry in most locations over the past four weeks, with tobacco ripening quickly and soybeans struggling to bloom. Daniel Simpson with Pamlico County Extension reports that corn and tobacco harvest continue and soybeans are looking good. Corn and tobacco harvest continue with early wet weather making corn yields variable.
USDA Closes Offices in Five States
The Agriculture Department has closed offices in five state after receiving anonymous threats.
USDA spokesman Matthew Herrick said in a statement yesterday that the department had received several anonymous message that raised concerns about the safety of USDA personnel and facilities, and that six offices were closed until further notice, including the state FSA office in Raleigh.