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Blacklands Farm Managers Field Day

Blacklands Farm Managers Field Day

Tyrrell County was the host of this year’s annual Blacklands Farm Managers Field Day on Wednesday.

NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler was in attendance, and talked about the region’s agriculture:

“This is a well kept secret, not only in North Carolina, but in the whole United States.  This is one of the most productive agricultural areas in the whole country.”

Corn and cotton are a just a couple of staples, but they really have the capability to grow anything.

“Well, there is.  I’ve seen tremendous soybeans riding in here, they have the capability to grow anything.  So, we continue to expand the opportunities for North Carolina farmers.”

They have actually had a very good year here this year, for the opposite reason that a lot of other parts of the state have had; they’ve had less rain than they’ve had in the last two or three years.

“Well, they have.  I’ve been down here many, many times and seen beautiful crops, and then a hurricane or tropical storm come through and destroy them.  So, as much as I see here, it’s always tempered in my mind that Mother Nature is being kind right now, and could be really, really ugly later.”

We’re less than 25 miles from open water.

“We are, there’s water, water everywhere down here, and when you get a tropical storm or hurricane off the coast, it pushes water in, then there’s massive flooding.  The location is a blessing and a curse.”

Of course, we wish all the producers out here absolutely the best harvest they can have.

“The producers out here need a really good year.  They’ve had two years of excess water and flooding, Hurricane Matthew.

“I hope this is the year…we have high hopes of having for the first time certified corn yields of 400 bu/a, which is a plateau I’ve been hoping we would reach, and I’ve offered a bounty. In the beginning, I said ‘to the first person to have a certified 400 bu/a’, but I have a feeling we may have more than one, so I’m qualifying that with the highest yield over 400 bu/a.”'

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.