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Crops Chugging Along in Spite of Weather

Summer officially began last Friday, and we’re starting the new season off with moderate temperatures for this time of year, which is good for some crops, and not so good for others according to Don Nicholson, Regional Agronomist for NCDA:

“The really cool spring on the tobacco crop, it got set out and had some early good weather and its been extremely cool on the crop and made it late. In my part of the state, in the middle, we have really gotten some rain and had a lot of nutrients leached out and the roots sat in saturated ground for a few days and has really hurt them.”

This year’s corn crop really got off to a rough start this year, but, it seems to have overcome early problems according to Nicholson:

“The early corn was yellow and purple and we got into the 80s during the day and 60s at night and the crop really started to grow. Now its in tassle and the forecast for 100 degree temperatures over the next few days could help to make it a really good crop.”

It’s a testament to farmers and educators alike…in spite of lots of rain and intermittent periods of heat, the weed problems have been minimal:

“We had some moisture up front and farmers are putting out the pre-emergent chemicals now for soybeans, corn and cotton and tobacco. They seem to be working well in most parts of the state.”

So, is it time to re-apply a pre-emergent herbicide:

“I’ll defer to Dr. York at NC State, he has been preaching for years that we need to keep pre out there in the system for soybeans and cotton all through the growing season.”

Don Nicholson, Regional Agronomist for North Carolina Department of Agriculture. 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.