There were 4.4 days suitable for field work in South Carolina for the week ended September 27th according to the latest Crop Progress Report. Topsoil moisture is rated at 4% very short, 34% short, 59% adequate and 3% surplus. Mark Nettles with Orangeburg County reports that rain events have greatly improved soil moisture conditions, peanut harvest has come to a standstill due to rain. Allendale County’s Hugh Gray reports that heavy rain fell on Thursday night dumping more than 2” over the area, with wet, rainy weather continuing through the weekend stalling fieldwork. Some peanuts have been dug, and will likely loose quality laying in the damp conditions. Powell Smith with Lexington County reports that 2 to 3” of rain fell at week’s end, and while hampering the harvest, the vegetable crops received much needed moisture.
Rain in the Piedmont Could be Too Little Too Late
In the latest crop progress report for North Carolina for conditions through Sunday, September 27th, there were only 4.1 days suitable for field work across the Tar Heel State, compared to almost 7 the previous week. Topsoil moisture is rated at 8% very short, 20% short, 57% adequate and 15% surplus. Danelle Cutting with Rowan County Extension reports that rain started falling Friday, but it could be too little too late due to the dry weather. Soybeans that have been harvested are in very poor condition. Conversely, Daniel Simpson with Pamlico County Extension reports that Corn harvest is almost complete, and Soybeans harvest has started. Leaf drop is occurring across most of the county, and excessive rains are accelerating some leaf drop of stressed soybeans. Constant rain over the weekend will limit field activity for the next 3-5 days. Conditions are very wet.
EPA Announces New Regulation for Farmworkers
The Environmental Protection Agency announced what it calls new protections for farmworkers. The EPA says the new standards will give farmworkers health protections under the law similar to those already afforded to workers in other industries.
The American Farm Bureau’s Paul Schlegal said AFBF shares the desire to protect workers, but that they are concerned that the agency is piling regulatory cost on farmers and ranchers that bear little if any relation to actual safety issues.