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Kudzu Bugs Observed in Kudzu

In the latest crop progress report for North Carolina through Sunday, July, 27th, there were 5 days suitable for field work, slightly less than last week.  Topsoil moisture is rated at 4% very short, 18% short, 69% adequate and 9% surplus.  Paul Westfall with Granville County Extension reports that topping and sucker control are taking place in tobacco fields, with harvest not too far off.  Soybeans are looking good, even those planted after wheat, and some farmers are feeding hay to get through the summer months.  Colby Lambert, Region 9 agronomist reports that rains over much of the region greatly improved crops, especially tobacco, cotton, and soybeans.   There are high numbers of kudzu bugs in kudzu, so movement into soybeans will probably be on the increase.

Crops Improve with Rains in South Carolina

There were more than five days suitable for field work in South Carolina according to the latest Crop Progress report through Sunday, July 27th.  Topsoil moisture ratings were 11% very short, 33% short, 54% adequate, and 2% surplus.  Mark Nettles with Orangeburg County reports that rain evens have helped crops to recover fry the dry conditions of the past few weeks, and farmers are getting land ready for fall vegetables. Georgetown County’s Kyle Daniel reports that the good rains over the week allowed for rapid progression of the cotton and soybean crop, and other than deer damage, the crops look good.

Small Ruminant Short Course to be Offered

There will be a small ruminant short course on August 15th in Simpsonville.  This one-day workshop will outline the management and care requirements of goats and sheep, and be of benefit to both small and large producers…new and experienced.  Cost is $65 per person, and includes lunch and take-aways.  Space is limited and registration closed on Friday, August 8th.  Contact Lindsey Craig at Clemson Extension… for more info or to register.

NCBA Holds 2nd National Anthem Singing Contest

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is hosting its 2nd Annual National Anthem Singing Contest for children under 18 who are related to an NCBA, Cattlemen’s Beef Board or American National CattleWomen member. To enter – interested contestants should submit an entry form and upload a video of themselves performing the National Anthem to YouTube. The top four finalists will be chosen by October 31st and posted to Beef USA dot org ( for voting.  Entries will be accepted through October 17th. For links and web addresses, visit SFNToday dot com.

To enter – visit Beef USA dot org slash NCBA National Anthem Contest dot aspx ( Entries uploaded to YouTube should use the following file name….NCBA2015AnthemContestEntryContestantName.'

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.