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Producers that Sprayed for Stink Bugs Glad they Did



Yesterday, we had a crop progress report from NCDA regional agronomist, in central North Carolina, Don Nicholson on tobacco and early corn.  Today, Nicholson fills us in on later planted corn, soybeans and other central North Carolina crops:

“Had some stink bug issues, much like two years ago, stink bugs were extremely prevalent in fields, people started picking wheat and they migrated from the wheat into corn.  Had a few growers to spray for stink bugs because we had real problems two years ago, and some last year.  But, they were well above thresholds in a lot of corn fields I was in.  folks, they had good yield potential, and they felt the need to protect that potential.  Had one grower say that he did not hit one field with insecticide, and felt like he’d left 40 bu/a yield potential on the table because he didn’t spray that one field.”

Don, what else do we need to talk about?

“Everything’s looking pretty good.  We’ve got a good looking peanut crop started, they’re started pegging.  Actually saw some blooms in cotton, finally getting enough heat and rain to go along with it to get the crop moving, it had kind of set still.  We were just a little cooler than normal, and the rain kept everything under wraps, but cotton is moving, starting to flower.

“Soybeans, most everybody’s had good conditions to get things started, get a good stand.  The wheat crop, even after everything it went through, ended up being a pretty good wheat crop, probably the best yields over a field was about 90 bu/a, maybe a little more, anywhere from 50-90 bu/a over the board.

“Everything is not great, but it’s not bad, either folks have some good potential right now.  Just need to keep the rains coming and keep plugging along.”

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

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.