In the latest Crop Progress report released by USDA for conditions through Sunday, November 5th, there were six days suitable for fieldwork across the state, slightly more than the previous week. Hugh Gray with Allendale County reports that a cold rain and strong winds crossed Hampton and Allenedale Counties during the week, which stalled most fieldwork until Tuesday. Harvest continued on Tuesday, and went on uninterrupted through the rest of the week. Wheat planting continues at a slow pace. Mark Nettles with Orangeburg County reports good weather conditions allowed harvest to continue, in absence of a killing frost, soybean plants are still green, and most producers are waiting to cut beans.
Warm Weather Slowing Soybean Harvest in Some Areas of North Carolina
This week there were almost 6 day suitable for field work across North Carolina, about the same as the previous week as reported in the weekly Crop Progress report released by USDA for conditions through Sunday, November 5th . Charles Mitchell with Franklin County Extension reports that over half of the small grain crop has been plant, and soybeans are being harvested at a rapid clip, with yield coming in close to 50 bu/a. Mike Carroll with Craven County Extension reports that the continued warm weather and high humidity is delaying soybean harvest in that area. The outlook for wheat production is low, and many producers not planning on planting winter grains.
USDA Withdraws Biotech Regulations Proposal, Seeks Further Comment
The Department of Agriculture has withdrawn a proposed rule to revisit biotech regulations and says it will “re-engage” with stakeholders. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says it wants more information from stakeholders to “determine the most effective, science-based approach for regulating the products of modern biotechnology, while protecting plant health.”
John Deere to Supply Tractors in Cuba
In an agreement signed last week, John Deere is expected to be the first direct sale of U.S. machinery to Cuba in more than half a century. An agreement signed at the Havana Fair last week between John Deere executives and Cuba calls for the shipment of “several hundred tractors and associated implements” over a four-year period. In signing the agreement, Deere company officials said the sale of farm tractors and implements to Cuba will “improve food security for the Cuban people.”