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Dramatic Improvement in Latest Drought Monitor for North Carolina

Rains over the past week made a significant dent in the state’s drought situation as released in the latest drought monitor. North Carolina went from 22 percent drought free to more than 57 percent, and only 42 percent of the state is experiencing abnormally dry conditions as compared to more than 77 percent in the previous report. The Coastal Plain, the western Piedmont and the mountains are now drought free. The portion of the state experiencing moderate drought conditions saw little change, however, dropping to 14% from 15.

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Latest Drought Monitor for South Carolina Sees Little Change

In the latest drought monitor, South Carolina saw little change. Just shy of 5 percent of the state is now drought free, only three tenths of a point less than the previous report, in Oconee, Pickens and the northwestern portion of Greenville Counties. The other drought categories were virtually unchanged with 95 percent of the state in abnormally dry conditions, 89 percent of the state in moderate drought, 58 percent of the state in severe drought and 13 percent of the state in extreme drought conditions.

Midwestern Drought Not Improving

The head of NOAA’s Drought Information System says the 2011-2012 drought never ended – and forecasts it will continue this year. NOAA’s Roger Pulwarty told the Senate Ag Committee he hopes he is wrong – but the data suggests otherwise – a continuation of the drought that started in 2011 in much of the Midwest and West. Pulwarty on NOAA’s just-released drought monitor…

There has been some improvement in the Eastern Corn Belt – but Pulwarty says the Midwest is now becoming the epicenter of the 2013 drought – similar to that which took hold last May.

Sanderson Farms Announces New Location Replacing Abandoned Nash County Plans

Sanderson Farms Chairman and CEO Joe Sanderson Jr. announced the company has chosen Palestine, Texas as the location for its next big bird deboning complex, which will include a feed mill, hatchery, poultry processing plant and waste water facility. The announcement comes three months after Sanderson Farms pulled plans to locate the complex in Nash County, N.C., where local opponents had mounted a campaign against the project. Sanderson Farms will invest approximately $92 million in the construction of the hatchery and processing plant and an additional $32 million on the feed mill. Sanderson said the new facility in Palestine would complement the company's existing operations located in Bryan and Waco, Texas. 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.