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Crop Progress in North Carolina Remains Behind Normal

There were 5.6 days suitable for field work for the week ending September 1st, compared to 4.5 days for the week ending August 25th. Statewide soil moisture levels were rated at 9% short, 78% adequate and 13% surplus. Average temperatures still remained below normal for some areas of the state. Most crops progress remains behind last year averages and the 5-year averages.

Tommy R. Grandy – Currituck County Extension reports that Corn harvest is progressing with some better field conditions. Soybean crop looks good with pest problems in some fields.

Robeson County Extension’s Mac Malloy reports Tobacco and corn harvest is still ongoing. Corn yields are good but some yield was hurt by the high amount of rainfall this year. The majority of the double cropped soybeans are still small due to delayed planting. Cotton crop will be below average.

South Carolina’s Crops Progress with a Week of Sun

In South Carolina’s latest crop progress report, released a day late due to the Labor Day holiday, the report states that a week filled with lots of sunshine and seasonal temperatures enabled producers to make excellent progress in field work and other farm activities. The weather conditions also helped to improve crop conditions, as well as yield potential based on the crops current stage of production. Soil moisture ratings were reported at 3% short, 89% adequate and 8% surplus. There was a statewide average of 6.1 days suitable for any field work across the Palmetto State.

The corn crop was 97% matured, slightly behind the five-year average of 99%. By the end of the week 37% of the crop had been harvested compared to 56% of the five-year average. The cotton crop is still behind normal with 87% of bolls set compared to 96% on the five-year average and only 7% of the bolls were open, 14% behind the five year average.

North Carolina Student Named National FFA Collegiate Ag Ambassador

Twenty FFA members from throughout the country have been selected to serve on the 2013-14 National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador team by the National FFA Organization. The team includes Beverly Hampton of Mount Ulla, North Carolina.

All 20 FFA members underwent specialized training Aug. 5-9 in Greensboro, N.C., to learn how to best advocate for agriculture and agricultural education throughout the nation. Each ambassador must complete a minimum of 30 hours of presentations to businesses, schools, community groups and more. They will also facilitate seminars and workshops to audiences of all ages interested in learning more about the agriculture industry.

Smithsonian’s American Enterprise Exhibit Still taking Submissions

America’s farmers and ranchers are invited to share their personal stories about how innovation and technology have helped improve the agriculture industry. The stories might be used in the upcoming American Enterprise exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

The exhibit could reach many people who have lost their connection with agriculture. Consumers continue to be more interested in where their food comes from and how it is produced – says United Soybean Board Director Sharon Covert – a soybean farmer from Illinois.

She says through new technologies – American agriculture has become extremely efficient and sustainable. That’s a great story to tell…

Covert says by sharing their stories and artifacts – farmers and ranchers can show the public the incredible strides the industry has made to provide food, feed, fuel and fiber for the world 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.