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Corn Planting Finally Underway in Eastern North Carolina

It seems as if it’s taken an eon, but corn planting is finally underway in eastern North Carolina. Mac Gibbs, Director of Hyde County Extension says farmers in his area got started this week:

“Not all were getting started, but several. They liked the idea of getting started early. It will beat the hot dry weather around the first of July. A lot of the producers have a lot of acres, from 5-15000 acres, so they need to get started early.”

But, some eastern corn farmers have been on the fence waiting the current forecast of rain through today:

“They are waiting. All of next week looks really good through next Saturday. If we only get this inch of rain, then Monday morning these fellows will get going full steam.”

With bedded land in particular, there’s an anomaly with corn germination and cold rain explains Gibbs:

“We are lucky enough now that the last rain or two we’ve only got ¼-1/2”, so our soil is fairly dry and we can handle about an inch, but if it gets much more than that we are stuck for about 5 days until we can get back in the field.”

So, while Dr. Heiniger hasn’t gotten his super-early planted corn like he’d like, Gibbs says we’re still alright with the calendar:

“We are still in good shape. Most of the producers were shooting for the 8th of April.”

Hyde County Extension Director Mac Gibbs. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.